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Anti-dowry law to counter SC ruling

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Anti-dowry law to counter SC ruling, The Centre is mulling to introduce penal provisions in the Dowry Prohibition Act that will ensure punishment or penalty to those who misuse the Act, said an official in the Union Ministry of Women and Child Welfare Earlier this month, the Supreme Court had directed the state governments to instruct police \"not to automatically arrest when a case under Section 498A of IPC (dowry harassment) is registered but to satisfy themselves about the necessity for arrest under the parameters laid down flowing from Section 41 of Criminal Procedure Code\".

New Delhi: The Centre is mulling to introduce penal provisions in the Dowry Prohibition Act that will ensure punishment or penalty to those who misuse the Act, said an official in the Union Ministry of Women and Child Welfare Earlier this month, the Supreme Court had directed the state governments to instruct police "not to automatically arrest when a case under Section 498A of IPC (dowry harassment) is registered but to satisfy themselves about the necessity for arrest under the parameters laid down flowing from Section 41 of Criminal Procedure Code".

While giving the direction, the apex court had expressed concern over the misuse of the anti-dowry law by "disgruntled" wives against her husband and in-laws and noted that the act was being increasingly used to harass in-laws.

The official said that there was “a proposal to link certain provisions of the Domestic Violence Act to the Dowry Prohibition Act to provide quick relief.” Notifying the list of gifts exchanged during the wedding may also be made a mandatory and failure to do so could invite heavy penalties including a three-year jail term not only to the bride and the groom but also to their parents. Aggrieved woman may be allowed to file her case either at the place of offence or where she resides.

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