Section 498A of IPC
Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) is a legal provision that deals with the offense of cruelty by a husband or his relatives towards a married woman. The section was introduced in 1983 with the aim of protecting married women from harassment and cruelty.
According to the section, any husband or his relatives who subject a woman to cruelty can be punished with imprisonment for a term that can extend up to three years and a fine. The term “cruelty” in this context refers to any willful conduct by the husband or his relatives that is likely to drive the woman to commit suicide or cause grave injury to her life, limb or health.
Examples of conduct that could amount to cruelty under this section include physical and mental torture, harassment for dowry, verbal abuse, and depriving the woman of her basic needs. The section also covers cases where the husband or his relatives force the woman to leave her matrimonial home.
Section 498A is a non-bailable offense, which means that the accused can be arrested without a warrant. However, in recent years, there have been some instances where the section has been misused to settle personal scores or extract money from the husband and his relatives. To prevent such misuse, the Supreme Court of India has issued guidelines for the police and the judiciary to ensure that the section is not used to harass innocent individuals.
If as a woman in Indore facing offense of cruelty by a husband or his relatives towards you, register a FIR against them with immediate effect at Mahila Thana Indore.
Call: 88271 22304