Anti-dowry law makes it wife-biased, discriminatory,and poorly formulated. A complaint from your wife or her family member can land husband and his entire family in jail without any investigation.
"The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist."
- Winston Churchill
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Our society has become sick: SC on dowry deaths
What the Supreme court of India has said is correct, if you commit the crime be ready to spend some time behind bars.
But according to there own figures, I am quoting, "The bench had a point. Data compiled for 2008 by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) showed that there were 8,172 dowry deaths in the country but only 33.4% of the cases resulted in conviction. For the same year, there were 81,344 cases of cruelty towards women by husbands and relatives and the conviction rate was even lower at 22.4%."
What these figures show is that out of 8172 Dowry Deaths 33.4% resulted in convictions, that means 66.6% or 5443 of the cases were Falsely accused. As for Cruelty cases 77.4% or 63123 falsely accused.
No one really knows where the Supreme court got her figures from and how accurate they really are, most likely the figures are even higher. True enough a murder is murder no matter how someone dies, the same goes for someone who is falsely accused as the figures show, what is the cost to them and their respect in society, the Supreme Court provides no compensation for these innocents who die a even worst death.
NEW DELHI: Shaken by the large number of women being killed for dowry, the Supreme Court said Indian society has become sick. "The hallmark of a healthy society is the respect it shows to women. Indian society has become a sick society. This is evident from the large number of cases coming up in this court and also in almost all courts in the country in which young women are being killed by their husbands or by their in-laws by pouring kerosene on them and setting them on fire or by hanging/strangulating them," an anguished bench of Justices Markandey Katju and Gyan Sudha Mishra said in a recent judgment.
"What is the level of civilization of a society in which a large number of women are treated in this horrendous and barbaric manner? What has our society become," asked the Bench before upholding life term for the husband and mother-in-law of a woman killed for dowry.
The bench had a point. Data compiled for 2008 by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) showed that there were 8,172 dowry deaths in the country but only 33.4% of the cases resulted in conviction. For the same year, there were 81,344 cases of cruelty towards women by husbands and relatives and the conviction rate was even lower at 22.4%.
Advocating harsh punishment for those who murder women for dowry, the bench said crimes against women could not be classified as ordinary ones committed in a fit of anger or for property. "They disrupt the entire social fabric, hence call for harsh punishment," it said.
"Unfortunately, what is happening in our society is that out of lust for money, people are often demanding dowry and after extracting as much money as they can, they kill the woman and marry again and then again, they commit the murder of their wife for the same purpose," the Bench said, making a rather sweeping generalisation of the nature of the crime.
The bench went on to analyse causes behind this abnormal behaviour. "This is because of total commercialization of our society, and lust for money which induces people to kill their wives. The time has come when we have to stamp out this evil from society with an iron hand," it said.