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A study on 498A in Tamilnadu

Authors: EKTA Resource Center for Women
Keywords: Women's studies;Domestic violence;Gender and sexuality;Politics;Laws;Violence against women (VAW);Dowry
Issue Date: Mar-2011
Publisher: EKTA Resource Center for Women
Description: "The NFHS survey for the year 2005-2006 reveals that 44.1 percent of married women are victims of some form of physical or sexual or emotional violence by their husbands in Tamil Nadu, which is higher than the national average of 39.7 percent. Among the victims of marital violence who sought help, nearly 2 percent sought help from police and 1 percent from lawyers. Of these two percent women victims who seek help from police, 3 percent of their complaint petitions are turned into FIRs. Of these minimal cases filed in court under Sec 498A, the conviction rate is about 20 to 25 percent in the trial court and the conviction rate reduced to 3 percent in the appellate courts. The statistics clearly proves that only minuscule percentage of victims of matrimonial violence are using this legal provision. Yet, justice is evasive to these minuscule class of women and disproves the claim that Sec 498A is a deterrent against men. Therefore, the demand to make Sec 498A compoundable and bailable offence must be rejected by the State."
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