Archive for September, 2007

7 Year Old Faces RI

Here is the link to the article:  7 Year Old Faces RI.

Old news again.


Bitterness Of Wives Leads To Abuse Of India’s Anti-Dowry Laws

Old news again, this time from 2003. I can’t believe that nothing has been done since 2003..

Here is the link: Bitterness Of Wives Leads To Abuse Of India’s Anti-Dowry Laws


False 498A Amounts To Cruelty: Bombay HC

This is an old judgment, but here it is:


SC Explains Article 136 While Denying An SLP On Quashed 498A

This is a case from early 2007. Just came to my notice.

Here is the judgment: SC Explains Article 136 – SLP On Quashed 498A Denied

Here is an excerpt: “The appellant has also filed a maintenance petition against her husband. What can she possibly get by prosecuting him as well as his family members? The appellant filed the criminal case under Section 498A etc. not only against her husband but also against her husband’s father, mother, brother, sister, etc. In exercise of our discretionary jurisdiction under Article 136, we are not inclined to interfere with the impugned Judgment of the High Court quashing the criminal case filed by the appellant. After all, the appellant will not get any benefit by sending her husband or his family members to jail. “


A Word On Civil Service Reform

I pulled this from an article from the Indian Express.  I quote:

“Actually, some of the harshest criticism of the civil service comes from within the ranks. N.C. Saxena, one time director of the LBSNAA, has this to say about civil servants, “Bright men and women join the civil services, but adverse work environment, constant political interference, meaningless transfers, and corruption below and above them all leads to the death of idealism, and encourages them too to misuse of authority… An important factor which contributes to the surrender of senior officers before political masters is the total lack of any market value and lack of alternative employment potential. Beyond government they have no future, because their talents are so few. Most IAS officers thus end up as dead wood within a few years of joining the service and their genius lies only in manipulation and jockeying for positions within government.””.

Here is the link to the article from the Indian Express: Bringing Up Babus



Sonia Vs Vinod: Domestic Violence Case


Here is the judgment on the Sonia Vs Vinod domestic violence case. This case is from the Delhi Rohini court. Here is the write up:

“A CITY court has dismissed a petition of a woman against her family members on finding she was harassing them, misusing the Domestic Violence Act in the process. Dismissing the complaint, Metropolitan Magistrate Shahabuddin said, “I am prima facie of the considered opinion that the complainant is not cooperating with her in-laws. She prima facie appears to be harassing them on trivial matters”. Complainant Sonia had approached the court in August, alleging her husband Vinod and his mother and sisters used to physically harass her for bringing insufficient dowry The court, however, declined to allow her complaint, asking a number of relief s, including right to residence. “The woman failed to satisfy this court that her husband or any of his other family members had really committed any domestic violence against her”. “

Here is the judgment: Sonia Vs Vinod: Domestic Violence Case


Nithari And The Fashionable Feministas


Old news again, but you can guess why Nithari happened after reading this article: 


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Some Interesting Stats On Arrests Of Women

In 1930, the British govt arrested 17,000 women for their involvement in the Dandi Yatra (Salt March). During 1937 to 1947 (10 Years), they arrested 5,000 women involved in the freedom struggle. From 2004 to 2006, the govt of India arrested 90,000 women of all ages under 498A. On the average, 27,000 women per year are being arrested under this flawed law. These are stats from the NCRB.

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The family of the writer was tortured by the Indian Police in an attempt to extort over a $100,000 by holding them in custody for over a week. The police, in cahoots with the magistrate and the PP, did this due to the ridiculous allegations made in a 498A case by his embittered ex-wife. She filed the case years after he and his family had last seen her. Thousands of 498A cases are filed each year in India by women seeking to wreak vengeance on their husbands and in-laws. Enormous sums are extorted from intimidated families implicated in these cases by corrupt Indian police officers and elements of the Indian judiciary. The author and his family haven't bribed any public official nor have they given in to the extortion. This blog aims to raise awareness of due process in India. The content of this blog constitutes, opinions, observations, and publicly available documents. The intent is not to slander or defame anyone or any institution and is the manifestation of the author's right to freedom of expression – with all the protections this right guarantees.

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