In every 8 minutes, a married man commits suicide in India

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In every 8 minutes, a married man commits suicide in India

Indore: Every eight 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 63343every year, revealed Save Family Foundation executive member Amit Lakhani while addressing a press conference organised under the aegis of Forum Against Misuse of Section ‘ 498- A’, here on Wednesday.

Sharing the data obtained from National Crime Records Bureau ( NCRB), Ministry of Home Affairs, Lakhani said more incidences of suicide by married men and his family members than by married women due to false police complaints against them accusing of dowry harassment, domestic violence, maintenance and child custody.

He further said 63343 men commit suicide annually in India , ie a married man commits suicide in every in 8.3 minute in our country.

In Madhya Pradesh, he said, around 1454 husbands commit suicide annually which adds up to four married men committing suicide daily. Not only the husbands but their family members, including women, are victims of the misuse of the Act, Lakhani said. Around 2286 women are arrested annually on the basis of false cases, he added.

After years of legal turmoil, 82.5 percent of the total FIRs filed under Section 498- A ( non- bailable) were found false. As per the data, one man is arrested in every hour on the same grounds, said Lakhani. Quoting domestic violence against men as ‘ legal terrorism’, he demanded that gender neutral law should be implemented and practiced. The foundation members will support the political party who works for the welfare of men, he said.

“ The administration and courts are witnessing increasing number of cases against men after the latest amendment in Section 498- A of IPC and after years of prosecution, in most the cases the men are found innocent but the years of tortures they had received, break them psychologically and professionally and at the end they choose death and take the extreme step of committing suicide.” said Deepanshu Shukla.

“ In most of the cases of 498- A, police register case against the husband and his family members on the basis of complaint lodged by his wife and without investigating the whole case. The administration should only register a FIR in such cases after the case has gone under the process of compromised negotiations”, said Retd. Judge KC Sharma On the occasion a helpline, 08882498498 along with an application “ SIF APP” for Google users to support men, was also launched by the foundation.

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