The papers have been abuzz with the news of this judgment. What the Supreme Court did was further narrow down the definition of cruelty that 498A can be applied towards.
A bench of Justices S B Sinha and Cyriac Joseph said:
Allegations that appellant No. 2 (mother-in-law) kicked the respondent with her leg and told her that her mother to be a liar may make out some other offence but not the one punishable under Section 498A (cruelty). Similarly, her allegations that the mother-in-law poisoned the ears of her son against the respondent; she gave two used lady suits of her daughter to the complainant and has been given perpetual sermons to the complainant could not be said to be offences punishable under Section 498A. Even threatening that her son may be divorced for the second time could not bring out the offence under Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code.
The hon’ble judges also don’t have any nice things to say about Monika. In a restrained manner, they say:
We have, however, made note of the litigations filed between the parties in great detail. These litigations, if a holistic view is taken, depict a sad state of affairs, namely, that the respondent, on the one hand, intends to take all coercive measures to secure the presence of her husband and the appellants in India in various cases filed by her and, on the other hand, she had repeatedly been making attempts of conciliation.
Nice work Monika. You are very famous now and will live in the blogosphere in infamy!!
The likes of Monika have enabled uniformed criminals to jail over 1,30,000 women since 2004. You can read about these stats here:
Here is the judgment: Bhaskar Lal Sharma Vs Monika-2009