Section 498A IPC: Karnataka High Court rules second wife cannot file complaint against husband, in-laws for cruelty

Single-judge Justice S Rachaiah held that if the marriage between the husband and wife is null and void, the offence under Section 498A of IPC cannot be sustained.
Karnataka High Court
Karnataka High Court

A second wife of a man is not entitled to file a complaint against her husband or in-laws for cruelty under Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) since she is not recognised as a legally wedded wife, the Karnataka High Court recently ruled [Kantharaju And State of Karnataka].

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