WHO KNOWS IT IS ANTI DOWRY DAY. …?

 

Friends, it is long time since I have interacted with all of you. The major problem is, I am not very convenient with the technology so that I can write these articles and up date to reach you people immediately. 

      Fortunately, my friend is helping me out in this regard, thanks to him.  Now, coming to the point.. On 26th November every year declared as “Anti Dowry Day” to give more emphasis on the evil of dowry and take the measures to curb the same. In fact this was declared almost 7 years back by the Central Government directing all the authorities to observe 26th of November as Anti Dowry Day. This I came to know just about 3 years back through Right to Information Act, when I asked for the details pertaining to curb the dowry menace. But, till last year unfortunately none, including the Government Authorities, Political Parties, Civic Society, Media and Judiciary is not aware of the same, because of the indifferent attitude of the authorities sitting in the relevant posts.  Fortunately, the Hon’ble High Court of A.P., reacted on my letter last year and directed all the District Legal Services Authorities in the state to observe Anti Dowry Day. Following the same 183 camps were conducted all over the state and thousands of general public are benefited. This is great achievement for us. 

      Friends, the Dowry Prohibition Act came about 50 years back i.e., in 1961 and the Central Government framed Rules for implementing the Act in1961 and A.P. State Government made Rules in 1998. But unfortunately no one cared for the implementation. Even the apex court in 2005 gave directions that wide publicity should be given for the Acts and its Rules through Lok Adalats, Radio Broadcasts, Television Channels and news papers to make the general public aware of the provisions of law, but who cares. But, we (RAKSHA) filed public interest litigation before the  Hon’ble High Court of A.P., praying the court to direct the concerned departments including the department of women and child welfare. Surprisingly the High Court said that if, WE (RAKSHA) bothered and concerned about the society, then we ourselves need to make programmes to make aware of general public. Hardly Raksha could do very little work, but we did to the best of our conscious. 

      Therefore, I have started appealing all our friends in facebook who has conscious and concern towards the society to give wide publicity, organize small meets and participate in the meetings on the occasion of Anti Dowry Day i.e., 26-11-2011. I always believe the saying that “He who does not hope to win, has already lost”. I hope that the implementation of laws and the relevant judgments is the only solution to eradicate all evils in the society. I want to make this LAST EFFORT, hoping that it will not be LOST effort.    

 

Regards,

CVL


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Repeal section 498a of IPC

Friends, It is long time since I communicated with you all, but I have been receiving great response for the articles. In fact, though I have been writing some articles on the subject, it is bothering me about the effect of section 498A of IPC popularly knows as dowry harassment case. The growing misuse, indifference with the police department, delay in the courts and silence of the society, intellectuals and NGOs is disturbing me a lot. I am thinking should we put up with this situation or raise our voice to make a difference. Finally I have decided to start some initiative in calling “REPEAL THE SECTION 498A OF IPC AND IMPLEMENT DV ACT”. Several people raised objections for repealing the section stating that it is one section, which is being useful for the women, which they got after decades of revolution.

 

I fail to understand that why section 498a of IPC is necessary, when already several sections such as section 323, 324, 325, 326 for causing hurt and section 307 for attemptive murder 304b and 302 are in existence. If any affected women wanted to punish her husband and family members for the harassment meted out to her, then she can make use of the above sections in IPC, but if someone who wants to protect her life and dignity then she can take advantage of “PREVENTION OF WOMEN FROM DOMESTIC VOILENCE ACT”

 

If I start giving examples about the misuse of section 498a of IPC may be that will run thousands of pages to this article. Therefore, I strongly believe that there is no need for section 498a of IPC in the present scenario which is disturbing the institution of marriage by questioning the faith and trust in the marriage. Therefore, I call every one of you to support this mission by writing the authorities about your opinion and communicate to me so that together we can make the difference and save the institution of marriage

 

It is for your information that the misuse of 498a of IPC is admitted by the Judicial and the police that is the reason Andhra Pradesh police specifically gave tips to women on their website for taking care while complaining for the offense under the section 498a of IPC.

 

Regards,

CVL

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LAW SAYS, BUT WHO CARES

Using technology has become utmost necessary. This I have realized after seeing few responses from our friends about my article.  May be this will take little time for me to gear up with the situation. The news for the past few days appearing on print and electronic media is disturbing me a lot. The news about the relationships between man and women, which is taking ugly shape and resulting into criminal activities. 

The law should be gender equal. A wrong is always a wrong.  Women cannot claim immunity for their wrongs. This is my feeling and answer for the questions put by many of my friends/clients. I do not know whether I am linking every aspect with law and its implementation, but certainly I am sure that the law should come to the rescue of the victim. 

Only the justice delivery system should save this country.  Whatever the criticism the judiciary is facing, ultimately only law and justice should save a law abiding citizen, provided he knocks the doors of justice and raise his voice. There is a big hue and cry about the way Sec. 489 – A of IPC is being used? Or misused. My question is how many people taking the shelter of provisions of law and the orders passed in that regard.

My suggestion/advice to the people who faces the so called enquiry by the police is:

  • Go to the police station without any hesitation along with your advocate, or a social worker of your locality (as per the amended cr.p.c.), or a trained family counselor and try to resolve the issue amicably.
  • Have the clarity for yourself whether you wants to continue the marital relationship or break up (give a second thought for break up, if you have children) and express the same without any FEAR. Because this FEAR will make you to run to Advocates, Organizations, Politicians, Influential People and spend money to get out of the mess.
  • I always suggest you to adopt ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Concept to resolve your dispute without running to courts for years together, making allegations and counter allegations against each other,  spending money.  For this you can take guidance of Legal Services Authorities located in every State, District, Taluk and Mandals. Women and senior citizen are entitled for free legal assistance.

 However, it is also advisable to enter into Pre-marital Agreement.  Though this creates little embracement initially, this will protect you and your family from going to jail and face disgrace in the society. Remember there are hundreds of provisions to help the depressed at least in this context of saving relationship between man and women we need to know what law says.. I shall bring these in course of time. 

 Regards.

 CVL.          

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Who cares about Law?

Dear friends,

There are several laws for the welfare of citizens and to prevent all the evils in the society. These laws are enough for another hundred years to come. But unfortunately no law is been properly implemented. The reason is only one thing, lack of will, concern, and commitment towards the society. I have been struggling to implement the laws concerned to women, and more particularly the dowry prohibition laws, which is also ruining the innocent husbands and their families. I got an opportunity to share my feelings in the SIF group for making a dowry free society, and I got tremendous response from the people who are more education, knowledge and concern than me. They have worked with Great Spirit and sacrifice towards this cause. But somehow I got very strong feeling that by implementing the existing enactment of dowry prohibition law, the rules made by Central Government in 1985, and various State Governments including the one laid by Andhra Pradesh Government in 1998. I got the confidence that if the act is implemented, definitely we can achieve the dowry free society. For that we need to question the concern authorities and unfortunately the authorities themselves do not know about their appointment and functions to be carried out by them, as dowry prohibition officers. I got this experience by so called dowry prohibition officer of Hyderabad district in Andhra Pradesh when I sought information under RTI act from the district collector. I got to explain the duties of the officer. I am sure; this is the case with every dowry prohibition officer all over the country. It is unfortunate that the light of the society will start arguing about loopholes of enact instead of making efforts to implement the act. I just want to implement the act with which I am “confidant” that I can save thousands of innocent men and their families. I am just giving very few points of the rules made by the Andhra Pradesh Government for implementing the dowry prohibition act (Central Act 28 of 1961).
No person shall,

(1) Give or abet the giving or taking of dowry
(2) Demanding any dowry directly or indirectly from the parents or guardians of bride or bridegroom
(3) Incur marriage expenditure, the aggregate value thereof exceeds Rs. 15,000/-
(4) Display the gifts given to bride or bridegroom in the form of each, ornaments, clothes or articles
(5) Take or carry in excess of 25 members of the marriage party exclusive of minors and 11 members of the band
(6) Serve more than 2 principle meals

Now I request everyone, to be a part in the Village Committee and struggle for not only awareness but also implementation, whatever the reason the amount of response towards making society as dowry free possible.

“Whenever a marriage is celebrated in the local village the village Sarpanch, Village Assistant Officer (VAO) and the women members after forming into group shall attend marriage and after due enquiry inform to the Mandal Revenue Officer whether the marriage is in violation of the provision of the or no. even any dowry harassment, dowry death is noticed by the village team, they shall refer the same in writing to Mandal Revenue Officer and see that the suitable action is taken on the guilty. The Mandal Revenue Officer shall register the case in a separate number register and take suitable action for redressal of the case. The entire process shall take place within three days of such reports. He shall furnish monthly report to joint collector or Revenue Divisional Officer concern so as to enable them to review the same at District Legal Advisory Boards once in every quarter. In case of Metropolitan cities like Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, a hotline telephone services shall be provided to receive such complaints without any delay and for taking immediate action. Any case on dowry harassment shall be taken up within one month’s time and dispose off within three months”

For this purpose I have designed an action plan. In coming elections Raksha wanted to feed one candidate as MLA with a single line manifesto as “dowry free society”. He will take up the concept, understand the act and prevailing solution and will struggle, to take out all the problems in protecting the institution of marriage. Though the candidate will contest from one constituency, in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, I wish and hope that people who has interest in this problem from all over the Globe will make him to win and thus achieve dowry free society. I think I bothered enough and I shall interact after getting little more response on this issue.

Thanks,

With Regards,
CVL

www.cvl4u.com

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Create dowry free society & save Indian marriages

The average number of violence against women are constantly increasing; among them is the dowry harassment case, section 498A IPC. Undoubtedly women are subjected to severe domestic and social humiliation under this section. Among the cases registered, only 2% are proven to be convicted, rest are settled out of the courts or dismissed due to lack of proper evidence. The impact of these dowry cases is so rampant leading to breaking of traditional Indian family structure. When the Government introduced dowry prohibition act 3 & 4 much earlier to the dowry harassment case, its implication is rather very poor, thus many of the marriages are left with no information as how the marriage ceremony has been took over. If marriage proceedings are performed as per the rules set by the Government, there will not any more dowry harassment cases, thus helps in have dowry free society. Raksha has been working on educating individuals, intellectuals and NGOs to form a dowry free society, join us and vote for the cause.  

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Gross misuse of women protection laws

No separate legal provisions are made for men as it has been made for women or no amendments were made in the existing legal system to protect men and their basic rights. About 80% of tax payers in this country are men, but neither National Commission for Men (NCM) been formed nor has a single penny been spent or allocated by the government in the name of Men’s Welfare Ministry to save Indian men. Men and their beloved are subjected to severe legal, social and financial distress with gender biased legal provisions. For the first time in India Raksha wanted to fight for social justice and protect Indian men. Join our cause and elect.

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