Changes in the dowry law will shut out frivolous complaints
The Supreme Court’s decision to ask the government to reconsider the anti-dowry law — Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code — is welcome (Change dowry law: SC to govt, August 15). It is well-known that most dowry-related accusations invariably lead to the imprisoning of the husband and his relatives. The draconian law does not have any space for judicial inquiry and relies solely on complaints. It should be withdrawn. There is an urgent need to re-examine other anti-dowry laws too, which are no better. At the same time, one wonders why courts do not put women complainants in jail for fraudulent cases that are filed only to harass husbands. There have been several instances when women have filed the cases, made their husbands and relatives appear before the courts and then have either failed to pursue them or withdrawn the cases later. Imagine the mental and physical torture that husbands have been made to undergo! Why can’t the courts jail the complainants for misleading the police, the judiciary and people?
Devinder Sharma, via email
Demands that don’t qualify
This refers to the report MPs salaries to rise three-fold (August 21). The MPs’ demand to match their salary with that of secretaries to the government is unreasonable. One doesn’t need any educational qualifications to become an MP. But to rise to the secretary level, one has to pass one of the toughest examinations of the country and become an IAS officer. If the two positions are not comparable, then how can salaries be equal?
M.C. Joshi, Lucknow