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Cases of married men committing suicide on the rise: Report


Kolkata, Oct 3 (PTI): Every nine minutes a married man commits suicide in India due to alleged misuse of section 498a of IPC against them, taking the toll to around a whopping 64,000 every year, says a report.

"National Crime Records Bureau statistics reveal more incidences of suicide by married men than by married women. In 2012 approximately 64,000 married men committed suicide vis-a-vis 32,000 married women," says DS Rao, president of Hridaya-Nest of Family Harmony, an NGO, quoting a survey by it.

As per Section 498a the husband of a woman or his relative who subjects her to cruelty shall be punished with imprisonment for a term of up to to three years and shall also be liable to fine.

Rao said the misuse of 498a also leads to suffering of old parents as well as the family members and relatives of the men against whom the complaints have been lodged.

"The law is not serving its purpose and is instead being used by a section of the people to vent their anger and extort married men and their families," claimed Amit Gupta, an official of the NGO.

In West Bengal the number of cases under the section has grown exponentially at the rate of 11 per cent in the last two years but the conviction rate has dropped to just 4.4 per cent from 6.3 per cent earlier, as per the survey.

West Bengal accounts for 1.06 lakh case, which is more than 20 per cent of the total cases filed under the section and 80,000 people were arrested for such cases against him last year, Indranil Gupta, an official of the NGO said.

The NGO works for upholding the rights of married men and providing them mental support when falsely implicated under the section. The police say it is 'really hard' prove the cases as false.

"Till now we have not been able to prove that these cases are false because they are cases of mental torture. How would you prove that mental torture has not taken place?" said Joint CP(Crime) Pallab Kanti Ghosh.

Criminal lawyer Kaushik Chanda agrees that Sec 498a is "miused" but said whether the suicide of married males is linked to it should be looked into. "The reason for suicide by married males should be looked into because in most cases they get bail (after being charged under the section 498a)," he says.

The NGO findings is rubbished by West Bengal Women's Commission chairperson and leading women activist Sunanda Mukherjee, who feels there is still a huge section of women in the country who need to be sensitised about their rights. "This (the findings of the NGO) is nothing but a product of male chauvinism. There is still a huge section of women who need to be sensitised about their rights and who are regularly tortured," she says.

Hridaya-Nest of Family Harmony has started helplines and is providing free counselling to the callers and victims of harassment who have been falsely implicated. Besides, it also provides knowledge sharing and legal aid. "There are many people who come to us for help. Some of them are so mentally devastated that they are on the verge of committing suicide," says Gupta.

"We have bank of court orders and experienced members to guide the victims to fight the false cases against them under section 498a," he said. RTI and public interest litigation are tools to fight for the rights of such men, he adds.


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  • Shameer, UAE

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    No comments! My wife is sitting right next to me )

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  • CYRIL MASCARENHAS, KIREM/MIRA ROAD/BOMBAY

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    MARRIED MEN ARE COMMITTING SUICIDE BECAUSE,ELEDERLY PEOPLE SAYS "WIFE IS A KNIFE SHE CUT SHORT YOUR LIFE".

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  • maxim, Mulky/mumbai

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Its possible because women plays a double role in marrieage role.She enters the house in" ANARKALI" avtar and after entering the house she has to adapt role of" ZANSI KI RANI" due to too many expectations from new house,in the bargain man loses battle for existance.

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  • Rajesh Shetty, Bangalore

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    REASON : Empowerment of WOMEN !! Is your son born to die unnaturally and early ?

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  • Bakh Shala, Kolkata

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Dulhan wahi jo piya man bhaye Dulha wohi jo pee kay ghar jaye

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    These days Judges are scared to give death sentence to RAPISTS because most of the time guys are FRAMED...

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  • Noel, Neermarga, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Manish Shetty,

    The list of reasons should haven further.....

    God knows how many men (married of course) are suffering and dying a silent death because of......

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  • steven, Sharjah

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Lydia, instead finding solutions, don’t make things difficult. Why do need to give girl to a man who asks money. For dowry the main culprits are women’s only.

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  • steven, sharjah

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    DO really this will digest with females? and If it would happens I rhink in India there were no crims against each other thats sure.

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  • Lydia Lobo, Kadri

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Steven,

    Let me assure you, I practice what I said - I hope I don't need to elaborate.

    You are not wrong in saying that girls will not agree to it. I have witnessed, to my utter shock, daughters demanded unbelievable things from parents though the fragile couple had to sustain heavy loans to satisfy their daughters. All fingers are not alike - similar is the case with men - not all demand objects from their in-laws.

    Well, its the parents who must explain it to a daughter 'have educated you, now you earn your riches'. Allow her to find a partner who understands this and accepts her. No conflicts !

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Increased expenses due to a big jump in standard of living causing stress, low self esteem and depression may be contributory to high suicide among married men.

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  • Denis Patrao, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Henry, you forgot to add " constant nagging by the wife / women " in the house.

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  • Mitwa, Sharjah

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Ask those husbands who are falsely booked under 498a and Domestic Violence case.. Life will be hell.

    Even kids are not spared by police they arrest each and everyone..if the wives deliberately names in their complaint..

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  • Lydia Lobo, Kadri

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Mitwa,

    Please go back to their history and find out how kind the humiliated men were to the parents of their wife at the time of marriage. I have said it before - you torture her parents until marriage - you will be jointly tortured thereafter.

    Its time we adopt a policy 'accept no dowry - invite no worry'. Opt for a simple marriage - forget culture and tradition - marriage is a two step ceremony (1) Religious (2) Civil. Both can be carried out with very minimum cost.

    Opting for extravaganza at the expense of girl's side is cursing the parents for bearing a daughter ! Well, misusing the Dowry Act is wrong but its beginning is made by the groom and his parents - none other !

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  • CONRAD JOHN TAURO, SHIRVA/UDUPI/DUBAI

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Power less men.

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  • CONRAD JOHN TAURO, SHIRVA/UDUPI/DUBAI

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Men down and out.

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  • Arun, Mumbai

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Sadly nowadays married women and her side misuse DV Act, Section 498A for their personal gain. For every of a hat she threaten to file false case against husband and her parents. . Because of biased and pro wife laws Men have to face all these tortures and he silently face all humiliations at the hand ov his wife and in laws for the sake of his children’s future and social stigma. Why I wrote pro wife law because it supports wife only and not women who could be mother in law or sister in law. Adding to injury government going to bring one more legislation in which married women entitled to fifty percent rights of husbands inherited or inheritable property in case of divorce. Then one can see more and more misuse of DV Act. Government should treat both the gender equally and punish the guilty one regardless of men or women.

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  • Manish Shetty, Derebail/Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    West Bengal Women's Commission chairperson says the report is wrong and its male Chavinism.
    Madam, These are death number what about others who are suffering and do not end up committing suicide?
    Educated women are using this law to blackmail poor men.
    I have 2 relatives in mangalore who have been effected by 498a and their family too was put in jail. All the husband did was to ask her to be more adjusting with everyone thats all.
    They ended up paying lot of money to remove the case.
    These days if you tell your wife not to talk to strangers or chat with men late its mental torture.
    If you dont buy her something she wants its cruelty
    If you want to sleep with her its sexual harassment.

    These laws are not being used by the real women victims since these women ngo's are not going to villages to educate them. They prefer sitting in city and chilling till something comes to them.

    As far as for MEN, Pray that the government will reconsider these laws to at least make it fair to both sexes.

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  • Bakh Sala, Delhi

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Agar aurat par haath uthaaye to Zaalim,

    Aurat se pit jaye to Bujhdil,

    Aurat ko kisi ke saath dekh ker ladai kare to Jealous,

    Chup rahe to Be-gairat,

    Ghar se baahar rahe to Awaara,

    Ghar me rahe to Nakaara,

    Bachon ko dante to Jaahil,

    Na dante to Laaparwah,

    Aurat ko naukri se roke to Shakki Mijaz,

    Na rokey to biwi ki kamai khanewala,

    Maa ki mane to Maa ka Chamcha,

    Biwi ki sune to Joru ka Gulam...

    Na Jane Kab Aayega,

    "HAPPY MEN'S DAY"?

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  • J saheb,

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Bakh Sala, Delhi
    Happy mens day for bachelors only dear...

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  • Lydia Lobo, Kadri

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Take a woman in marriage in the clothes she wore, jewels she has on her - do not demand a dime from her parents. Future providing will be as per your ability.

    Warn your parents that from the day of your marriage you are divided into two. One half is you, the other is your wife. Tell the wife, your parents are hers. She disobeys, consequences will be that she will packed off to her parents house.

    No need to commit suicide !

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  • R.Fernandes, Dubai

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    I like it. I think you were Kittura Chennamma in your last birth.I think Lobo maam has no scope to talk. Just kidding!!

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  • Lydia Lobo, Kadri

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Incorrect ! All what I am, is made by my better half. Was a timid vermin before - hold him at extreme respect !

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  • prp, mangalore

    Thu, Oct 3 2013

    Its late, but good that this topic has come up.

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