Chennai HC Justice Regupathy’s Orders On 498A Arrests

Here is the gist of this order.


DATED: 04.08.2008
M.P. No.1 of 2008
Crl.O.P. No.10896 of 2008

Pursuant to the direction of this Court dated 07.07.2008 to file compliance report, the Director General of Police in consultation with the Government, has issued the following Circular Memorandum:-
” Circular Memorandum Sub- Filing of cases registered under Dowry Death / Suicide in All Women P.S. – Instructions
The Honorable High Court has issued the following observation in M.P. No.1/2008 in Criminal Original Petition No.10896/2008 filed by Tr.Romaiah.
i) Except in cases of Dowry Death/suicide and offences of serious nature, the Station House Officers of the All Women Police Stations are to register F.I.R. only on approval of the Dowry Prohibition Officer concerned.
ii) Social workers/mediators with experience may be nominated and housed in the same premises of All Women Police Stations along with Dowry Prohibition Officers.
iii) Arrest in matrimonial disputes, in particular arrest of aged, infirm, sick persons and minors, shall not be made by the Station House Officers of the All Women Police Stations.
iv) If arrest is necessary during investigation, sanction must be obtained from the Superintendent of Police concerned by forwarding the reasons recorded in writing.
v) Arrest can be made after filing of the final report before the Magistrate concerned if there is non-cooperation and abscondance of accused persons, and after receipt of appropriate order (Non-Bailable Warrant).
vi) Charge sheet must be filed within a period of 30 days from the date of registration of the F.I.R. and in case of failure, extension of time shall be sought for from the jurisdiction Magistrate indicating the reasons for the failure.
vii) No weapon including Lathis/physical force be used while handling cases at the All Women Police Stations.
viii) Complainants/victims should be provided with adequate security/accommodation at Government Home and interest of the children must be taken care of.
ix) Sridana properties/movables and immovable to be restored at the earliest to the victims/complainants and legal aid may be arranged for them through Legal Services Authority for immediate redressal of their grievances.
2) The Commissioners of Police in cities and Superintendents of Police in Districts are requested to strictly follow the above instructions without any deviations.
3) Receipt of the same should be acknowledged.
Sd/- (29.07.2008)
For Director General of Police.”


Here is a copy of the order: Chennai HC Justice Regupathy’s Orders On 498A Arrests



2 Responses to “Chennai HC Justice Regupathy’s Orders On 498A Arrests”

  1. 1 Suresh P December 2, 2010 at 6:19 am

    National Family Harmony Society

    · Don’t give in to extortion.

    · Don’t give in to blackmail.

    · Almost all cities in India are having weekly local meeting on either Saturday/Sunday.

    · Attend regularly these meetings even if you do not have cases on you.

    · Remember you can read a lot from internet but in meeting you meet real guys of their first hand experiences.

    · Read various blogs and search internet for articles/judgments regarding 498A and other laws.

    · In Bangalore meetings are held at every Sunday between 3-6 PM at the following location:

    All India Help Line – 9880141531 / 9731569970

    Fight misuse of 498a tooth and nail.


  2. 2 k.ramesh December 7, 2011 at 6:51 am

    my grandpa is land in conditionland tamilnadu tirupur my land fourjery my land plz helping my mbile no:9976123029 , 9698090070 my name;k.ramesh. thanking u


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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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