By siff member : You might be amazed to learn about the amount of legal ammunition that theIndian government provides to a wife under section IPC 498A. Imagine if youhave a small disagreement with your wife and she ( through her own will or instigated by someone in her family ) decides to teach you a lesson and writes ashort letter to the police station saying that you are being cruel to her andharassing her for dowry.
She might choose to be creative and cook up imaginaryincidents of cruelty to herself. Suddenly, you will find yourself (and your parents,siblings, their spouses and even distant relatives) in jail! Your jail sentencemight be extended up to three years. You might have to pay crores of Rupeesand all your assets to get out of that nightmare. Once you are in that web, youare at the mercy of your wife and in-laws and might have to bow to theirunreasonable demands.Honorable Supreme Court of India has termed 498a as “Legal terrorism” but thelaw continues to be misused.
498A is the most dangerous criminal provision across the globe in matrimonialdisputes. As long as you keep following your wife’s orders like a lamb, all will befine, but if you dare to disobey her ( including her demand to dump your own parents and start supporting her parents instead ) you/yourparents/relatives/friends everybody will be booked under IPC 498A. It is non-bailable and there is no “undo” for it once your wife slaps it on you and yourfamily. There are hundreds of such victims and horror stories in India. A simpleGoogle search on the matter will reveal the shocking truth.