I read this article at Indiatogether titled “Misuse of 498A – Much Ado About Nothing?” written by Bikramjeet Batra, a professed “Legal Officer” for Amnesty International (AI) India. I’ve pasted a picture of this grinning idiot below:He opposes amending Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code. He says: “Allegations have been made repeatedly that the penal code’s protection against matrimonial cruelty is often abused by women. But no evidence is given to support this claim”.
The fool blithely ignores the the fact that hundreds of thousands of Indians have been arrested on account of this law in violation of their right to due process. If he is looking for evidence of abuse of this law, here is all the evidence he needs:
- Here is a post that details the statistics on the number of women arrested under this extortion racket.
Here are some numbers from the Ministry Of Home Affairs, published by Hindustan Times in 2005. Unfortunately the article is lost but I have an excerpt:
“According to data provided by Ministry of Home Affairs, there were 58,319 registered cases and 134,757 people underwent arrest under 498A and A and Dowry Prohibition Act. That is on average 2.3 people were arrested in every complaint of woman. There were 358 children and 4,744 senior citizens arrested. Out of 129,655 cases, approximately 18 per cent (23,337) were not charge sheeted and hence suffered only because these acts are non-bailable”
- Amnesty International’s vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments. In pursuit of this vision, Amnesty International’s mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of these rights.
It’s surprising that anyone belonging to Amnesty International, which has sworn to fight for Human Rights around the world, would oppose the amendment of 498A . Unless you are well connected, entire families are arrested by the Indian police in violation og due process right when FIRs are filed under 498A.
How can Amnesty International condone this duplicity by its Indian “Legal Officer” ?.
Over a 100,000 women have been arrested between 2004 and 2007. Will this “legal officer” of AI have anything to say about this ?
Its time this moron focused on the real issues that fall within the statute of AI than on “Sexy Issues” like abolishing the death penalty in India.
Dim wits like Bikramjeet Batra have no marketable skills and are unable to hack in the world. They just find it easy to mouth inanities rather than fight the real fight.
It is a waste of my time to dwell any further on the drivel of this nut, but I will leave you with a link which explains why coercive legislation like 498A is ineffective: