Section 498A IPC was enacted to punish cruelty by husband but now being misused: Jharkhand High Court

Courts have expressed concern over the misuse of Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code and the increasing tendency to rope in relatives of the husband in matrimonial disputes, noted Justice Sanjay Kumar Dwivedi.
Jharkhand High Court
Jharkhand High Court

The Jharkhand High Court recently observed that while Section 498A (cruelty to woman) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was originally introduced with the laudable object of punishing cruelty inflicted by husbands or their relatives on married women, it is currently being misused [Umesh Kumar & Ors v State & Anr].

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