Shocking statistics — how lopsided laws in favour of women are talking a toll on men in India who are committing suicide in droves as they get harassed by estranged and vindictive wives. My close friend spent two months in jail because he was falsely accused of dowry harassment by his in-laws and wife (who later divorced him after claiming a hefty compensation of Rupees ten lakhs in cash). Worse, such scheming women after divorce can now claim half of the share of ancestral property inherited by the husband that has been passed down through generations of his family. Laws have to be fair and just to both the parties. You cannot blow your fuse and make them so lopsided that the other side is forced to commit suicide to escape harassment. Same with tenancy laws introduced by that deranged idiot Nehru who hated property owners as “revanchist fascists.” Today, if some tenant squats on your property, it is impossible to remove him. Many widows and old people have lost their property this way to thuggish tenants who refuse to vacate. The idiotic tenancy laws even allow the rented property to be passed down from tenant father to his son, showing middle finger to the poor sod who owns the property!
Every nine minutes a married man commits suicide in India due to alleged misuse of section 498a of IPC against them, taking the toll to around a whopping 64,000 every year, says a report.
“National Crime Records Bureau statistics reveal more incidences of suicide by married men than by married women. In 2012, approximately 64,000 married men committed suicide vis-a-vis 32,000 married women,” says D S Rao, president of Hridaya-Nest of Family Harmony, an NGO, quoting a survey by it.
As per Section 498a the husband of a woman or his relative who subjects her to cruelty shall be punished with imprisonment for a term of up to to three years and shall also be liable to fine.
Rao said the misuse of 498a also leads to suffering of old parents as well as the family members and relatives of the men against whom the complaints have been lodged.
“The law is not serving its purpose and is instead being used by a section of the people to vent their anger and extort married men and their families,” claimed Amit Gupta, an official of the NGO.