NCRB: Over 1,30,000 Women Arrested Under 498A Since 2004

Over 1,30,000 Women Have Been Arrested Under Section 498A Since 2004.

I pulled the data from the NCRB annual publications on Crime In India. You can find this data under the tables section, specifically, TABLE-12.2,  Persons Arrested Under IPC Crimes (Crime Head-Wise And Gender-Wise). Links to these tables are given below:

The NCRB compiled data from the above links is given below and highlighted in yellow:

The next thing to look at are the number of Final Reports that were submitted. The data below gives you the true picture of what the police have been doing. The 498A cases are highlighted in yellow.

Disposal Of IPC Cases By Police (NCRB) 2004-2006

Why is there such a large discrepancy in the ratio of cases closed with a final report to those which were charge sheeted ? It is obvious that the police aren’t doing their work. And why would they, these women were easy pickings for these hyenas. All they had to do was swoop in and scoop up these women, ignoring their rights against arbitrary arrest. These women include young  girls to grandmothers.

To truly understand the scope of this egregious act by the Govt Of India, here is some data from the days of the British raj.

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.

The Govt of India, under the sway of the radical feminists of India, has been arresting over 27,000 women/year of all ages since 2004. In all these cases, these women, including nursing mothers, little girls and grandmothers, were arrested without an investigation into the veracity of the complaints filed.

The Indian police know about the abuse of this law as they are the primary beneficiaries of this extortion racket.

The Indian courts know this this too. The Higher judiciary is cleaner than the lower judiciary, which is nothing short of a sewer, that people entangled in this mess fall into.

Worse, officials and agencies of The Govt Of India know about it. I quote:

  • The idea should be to see how the police system works, the concerned official out there should not lodge an FIR and arrest the groom and his side before investigating. These kind of shortcuts are mainly tainting the image of the prevailing law. The way uncles, aunts are also humiliated is not fair, we agree that they should not be booked until a full-proof investigation is carried out. Instead of amending the law we should try to improve our police system and investigating procedure. Spokesperson Of The NCW, 14 /Jan /2007, TOI Article: “NRIs cry foul over IPC 498A, dowry law”
  • I object to this exploitation of the law. It is wrong to misuse the law. The law is for those who need it. -Union Minister For WCD, Renuka Chaudhary, on the Arjun Singh 498A episode.

So why isn’t this law amended to at least introduce some checks and balances to prevent its abuse?

The answer lies in the fact that this whole thing is a profitable venture for all concerned, including internationally funded NGOs like CSR

Finally, take a look at total number of people arrested under this law.

Total Arrests Under 498A Since 2004 (NCRB)

There are more people arrested under this law than those accused of MURDER!

It is the families, especially women, who get caught up in this extortion racket who pay for the perfidy of this establishment !

Shame !!! Shame !! Shame !!


18 Responses to “NCRB: Over 1,30,000 Women Arrested Under 498A Since 2004”

  1. 1 kesav June 4, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Any arrest has to be justified.But seeing the conviction rate of 498a which is just around 2% , so all these arrest are truely unfair. The government in the name of gender biased law is actually demolishing family and increasing family court and creating fatherless child.Renuka chowdahry who openly said this sentence “it is time for men to suffer” ;law framed by this saddist people will only end up breaking families. she should show so much hatred on men and coming out with incomplete drafted law,



  2. 2 B K Mishra June 4, 2008 at 10:27 am

    The figures tells clearly that india under appeasement policy is a failure country.


  3. 3 Gokul June 21, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    IPC 498a Women Men Total % of
    Women Arrested
    2004 27832 97825 125657 22.1
    2005 28745 98815 127560 22.5
    2006 31253 105927 137180 22.8
    2007 32815 111223 144039 22.8 <- estimated at 5% increase ____ over figures of 2006)
    Totals 1,20,645 4,13,790 5,34,436 22.6


  4. 4 Gokul June 21, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    IPC 498a- Women – Men – Total – % of
    Women Arrested
    2004 – 27832 – 97825 – 125657 – 22.1
    2005 – 28745 – 98815 – 127560 – 22.5
    2006 – 31253 – 105927 – 137180 – 22.8
    2007 – 32815 – 111223 – 144039 – 22.8 <- estimated at 5% ____ increase over figures of 2006)
    Totals 1,20,645- 4,13,790 – 5,34,436 – 22.6


  5. 5 havepenwillwrite July 15, 2008 at 8:11 am

    Obstinately in the forefront as champion of gender-biased injustice, our charismatic heroine Renuka is quick to jump on the publicity bandwagon of Arushi and her father Dr. Rajesh Talwar. “The family should sue the state police and those responsible for bungling the case TERRIFYINGLY must be suspended,” she opined in classic rendition of pidgin English. See links , and

    “We have lost complete confidence in police, the way it provided SALACIOUS (Ohh! A big word! Very impressive!) details about the young girl. The police assassinated characters, casts aspersions and tarnished the reputation of a minor young girl,” the honorably honorable minister observed quite correctly sympathizing with Dr Talwar’s family, blasting the Police for defamatory and libelous practices.

    “If this is how police conduct investigations,” the minister said, adding “nobody will ever come out to speak the truth and is the biggest insecurity of today’s law-abiding citizen”. (YOU GOT THAT RIGHT, RENU Baby! We all agree with you).

    Continuing on in stylish hypocrisy, “The police has assassinated the character of two normal people. Nothing can compensate for the trauma which the family went through …. I have already asked for the suspension of the concerned police officials ….”.

    And how could UP police miss what was staring them in their eyes.” They didn’t miss a damn thing, Dear, they were just doing what they know to do best: grasp at the most sleazy option (regardless of it being a downright lie!) and effect a conviction.

    Give yourself a moment’s break away from publicity-hounding pursuits and take an impartial look at the multitude of 498a victims around you, and the shameless presence of the very issues you feel so strongly about, viz. the TERRIFYINGLY bungling 498A “investigations”, the “SALACIOUS” stories in fabricated 498a FIR’s that could make a mechanic blush, “assassinated characters”, “tarnished reputations”, “traumatized” victims, etc., etc., and these are YOUR words in relation to a classic Police frame-up in a murder case.

    These, your words, would be more applicable directed toward the blatant violation of equal protection guarantees afforded in our Constitution with specific pertinence to the rampant gender-biased 498a discrimination that has become so much in vogue.

    The Times of India reports, “Chowdhury had earlier stated that her openly critical stance on the police had won her a lot of public support and she had received a number of letters and telegrams from parents as well as various organizations.”

    Please be assured that the 498a victims and families also have truck loads of letters waiting to be mailed – just as soon as there’s some sign of a policy shift toward fair-mindedness and reciprocity toward championing the plight of the 498a underdogs. Heck, we’d even treat you to a good home-cooked dinner. So whaddya say?


  6. 6 Swarup September 20, 2008 at 5:50 am

    We fight against those feminist NGOs who support vindictive in-laws. These NGOs help in outright-jailing of even old and sick innocent people (including women) in the name of “Women’s Right” because they carry no humanity, 498a and DV Act.
    Do you know ? NCRB: Over 100,000 Women Arrested Under 498A Since 2004

    More than 1,00,000 women are arrested without trial under law Section 498a IPC by Indian Govt in last 4 years even as thieves, molestors get bail. Are these women a bigger threat to society than thieves and molestors? (LINK)
    Is this what women’s empowerment by Congress Govt?

    Even it took British 10 years to arrest 5000 women( 1937-47) but our Indian Government arrested more than 1,00,000 women ( 18 times ) in just 4 years ( 2004 – 2007).

    The maximum women arrested even by barbaric British Goverment in 1930, approx 17000 women for their involvement Dandi Yatra (Salt March), which is much less than our Present Goverment done and our National commission of Women (NCW) and their associated are promoting the same even openly in Media/society/Parlament, which even Supreme Court of India also termed as “Legal Terrorism”!!!

    Join the Revolution and help save your family or your beloved ones from the misuse of this deadly law!


  7. 7 Adv. Vidhyasagar Singh, Pune. February 24, 2009 at 8:59 am

    dear friends,

    since the inception of 498(A) IPC, on and again majority of women having other issues then dowery harssement had missed used, over used this provision of law to settle their own score with their husband, and had shown their power through this provision of law.

    This law is good where there is genuene harasment to women by husband and his relatives, but the point is public without investigating the issue had made arrest in 498(A), means lots of honest people got traped under it. the latest amendent in CRPC u/s 41 is a releaf from such arrest.

    The Domestic violence Act, 2006 is another step to reduce the burden under 498(a) by making it civil law. i feel the figure under 498(A) shold now come down.

    Women facing or who wants to make complaint under section 498(A)IPC, first should be given an opportunity before a “womens cell” penal at every police station to resolve their issue, or the police officer there in should act in a friendly way in resolving the issue without filling the FIR at first instance and try to solve their disputes and but them on police dairy. There are many police station doing great job in this direction, and keeping watch.

    every police station in india should have a ” Alternative dispute settlement cell “. This will help peopel to resolve disputes at at a primary stage, and reduce the work of police/ executive, the judicary and will reduce the pressure on jail also.I thing it is good way out.

    every thing has two sides, black and white. thus the crpc amendent also, the black side is criminals will have lesser or no fear in committing the crimes there under.

    Many of u will not like my view.

    Lets see how it matures……


    • 8 chandru swami June 13, 2009 at 3:54 pm

      A provision can be added in Indian Evidence Act to permit and giving legal validity of narco analysis , lie detector , brain mapping tests of women during investigation and trial of complaint u/s 498a to know the actual cause.


  8. 9 September 20, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    ipc 498 low is distroy family life sistam in india


  9. 10 xavier April 27, 2010 at 5:42 am

    The filing of false cases against husbands/men by women are on the increase day by day. This is the direct outcome of gender biased laws framed in India such as the dowry law and the domestic violence law. Such laws have been crudely formed and is totally biased towards woman. What is appalling about these laws is that there is absolutely no redressal mechanism for the man even if heaven and earth knows that the man is innocent and the woman had filed such a case for devilish ulterior motives such as getting even for petty matters, extracting money, or even to have an extra marital affair.


  10. 11 bhuban September 8, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I proposed marriage with delhi teacher girl through news paper.out of many one selected.after marriage she confessed that she is not employed and the biodata was prepared by her brother.most of the time she stay with her brother.on my transfer to another location and after two issues she permanantly went to stay with her brother leaving my old parents anger i did not communicated.after two months one SHO phoned me that my wife has filed a case against me on 498A and mental torture.
    I was dead against dowry and did not received any thing on marriage.
    I am out of city. now what options for me???


  11. 12 optimistic fella March 22, 2012 at 6:25 am

    wow!! not too many people active on this site..:(…sad:(
    Yours truly is the latest entrant in this crusade!
    I have taken it upon myself and have made this as my personal life goal….to add to the statistics here…the number of women arrested for filing a flase 498a case is woefully inadequate.
    i will soon be adding to the numbers….by going after my ex-wife and her female relatives….and LEGALLY getting them behind bars!!
    I hope someone follows the progress of my case n types in a few words of encouragement


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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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