Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mother kills son by electric shock as he opposes her 'affair'

Mother kills son by electric shock as he opposes her 'affair'

HYDERABAD: A woman allegedly gave electric shock to her 13-year-old son in Nalgonda district resulting in his death after he objected to her "illicit" relationship, police said on Saturday.
The incident occurred at Damarchala village of Miryalguda Mandal of the district on Friday, they said.

According to police, the boy was tied to a pole near his house and his 32-year-old mother allegedly held a live electric wire to his body resulting in his death.

A senior police officer quoting Damarchala villagers and sarpanch said K Shivamani was reportedly angry when her son opposed her alleged illicit affair. The woman, on the other hand, refuted the allegation and claimed that her son harassed her daily. She said the boy was neither studying nor doing any work and was indulging in illegal acts, police said. "Following a complaint by the villagers, police have registered a case of murder against Shivamani, who has been taken into custody," a senior police officer

No fish for dinner? Woman goes to cops to get 498a dowry case registration- misuse of dowry law already under Govt SC scanner. Punish the misusers

No fish for dinner? Woman goes to cops to get 498a dowry case registration- misuse of dowry law already under Govt SC scanner. Punish the misusers

MUMBAI: Ego clashes, tiffs and the like are par for the course in any family life where members learn to sidestep or live with the occasional discordant note. Or so we are told. But these days, even minor family spats are being played out at police stations across the city with angry wives, husbands, fathers-in-law, mothers-in-law, aunts and uncles slapping grave sections of the IPC on each other.
In one recent case, the bone of contention threatening to break a marriage was fish. An irate man approached a police station in the western suburbs to file a complaint against his daughter-in-law under the Domestic Violence Act for refusing to prepare fish at home.

An equally angry daughter-in-law then evoked Section 498-A of the IPC claiming she was being harassed for dowry by her in-laws.
"The father liked eating fish, but the daughter-in-law was averse to the smell, and refused to prepare it at home. So he claimed he was being harassed," said a cop who ultimately played counsellor and sent the warring family home after they arrived at a compromise. "There was nothing stopping the father from ordering fish from a restaurant after his daughter-in-law left the house for work. But the situation got out of hand and became an ego tussle, with the father insisting that his daughter-in-law prepare it and serve it to the family."

While the incident is indeed chuckle-worthy, cops are not amused, as this law is meant for women who have suffered genuine abuse in the hands of their husbands or in-laws. "These are grave charges and it is not right that they are being evoked for minor tussles," said a police official.

Take the case of another Mumbai housewife who approached the police demanding they take action against her husband for not taking her out, prohibiting her from drinking alcohol, or gifting her expensive clothes. The police try to resolve minor disputes through counselling sessions. "However, the outcome depends on the people concerned. All we can do is offer suggestions," said a social worker.

Divorce at 70? Plan some spiritual growth, says Supreme Court

Divorce at 70? Plan some spiritual growth, says Supreme Court

Saturday, Aug 28, 2010

At the age of 70, it’s time to go on a pilgrimage to Hardwar and be divorced from the material world, instead of being engaged in a prolonged legal battle for divorce.

These are the words of the Supreme Court for an aged Juhu couple, seeking separation under the Hindu Marriage Act.

Making a bid to make them conscious that the age is catching up, apex court judges on Thursday counseled petitioner Veena, 70, and her husband, Govardhan Kapoor, 75, to share the roof. However, the court suggested that if the two wish, they may keep themselves separated by a wooden partition.

Veena doesn’t want to share the apartment with Govardhan and contested a Bombay high court judgment last year that made her share the accommodation as per a mutual agreement between them in the divorce case.

The couple married in Delhi on April 26, 1969. They have two sons — Navin, 36, who lives in America, and Sachin, 33, lives with his father.

In 1981, the couple started litigation after Govardhan suffered heavy losses in his business. Charges and counter charges ensued and Govardhan alleged that his wife had an extra-marital affair.

Govardhan’s case got stronger after Sachin testified in favour of the allegation.

While Govardhan moved a law suit seeking an injunction against Veena from dispossessing him from the flat, she sought a direction asking him not to enter the house.

Govardhan agreed to the term that Veena is the owner of the flat but he would live there with certain conditions that included installing separate electric meters and demarcating territory with a wooden partition.

But Veena’s lawyer DK Garg on Thursday told a bench headed by justice GS Singhvi that she couldn’t be expected to live under the same roof particularly when she had been accused of being in an adulterous relationship. She lamented that even her son had also sided with his father.

Disposing of her petition, the court said: “You can’t throw out the aged husband, but you can get the son out.”

NCW to ask Home Ministry to frame guidelines on dowry cases

NCW to ask Home Ministry to frame guidelines on dowry cases

New Delhi, Aug 27 (PTI) National Commission for Women (NCW) today said it will ask the Union Home Ministry to frame guidelines for dealing with cases of dowry harassment.

Though the Commission did not favour tinkering with IPC Section 498-A which acts as a protection for women from dowry harassment, officials said, the NCW was of the view that some guidelines should be formulated by the Home Ministry in this regard."There is no need for an amendment. There is no need for dilution. What is required is a better sensitisation of police officials while dealing with such cases,"an official said. The remarks come against the backdrop of a recent Supreme Court observation asking the government to take a relook at the anti-dowry law to curb its misuse. The comments on dowry law were made during an NCW workshop on suitable marriage age for girls."Distinction needs to be made between child marriage which is forced by parents and others types which is on own volition of young adults, but parents oppose it on various grounds like family honour."Therefore, we could examine the issue of having a cutoff age which can to a limited extent give relief to those couples who are booked under various legal provisions and forced to live in nari niketan etc,"noted a release issued by NCW spokesperson on the views expressed in the workshop."Boys and girls should have the same age of marriage -- 18 years -- rather than having disparity of age because there is no scientific or biological reasons to keep the distinction of 18 and 21,"the release said. The workshop felt that what was required was the immediate and effective implementation of the compulsory registration of marriages.

Unemployed man can't be forced to pay maintenance to wife ,there is no legal presumption that behind every failed marriage there is either dowry demand or domestic violence. Marriages do fail for various other reasons.:Delhi HC

Unemployed man can't be forced to pay maintenance to wife,there is no legal presumption that behind every failed marriage there is either dowry demand or domestic violence.  Marriages do fail for various other reasons:HC

New Delhi, Aug 27, (PTI):

An unemployed man cannot be forced to pay maintenance to his estranged wife, the Delhi High Court on Friday ruled saying that in an era of equality of sexes a person cannot be compelled to maintain others if spouses are on an equal footing.

"Under prevelant laws, a husband is supposed to maintain his unearning spouse out of the income he earns. No law provides that a husband has to maintain his wife, living seperately from him, irrespective of the fact whether he earns or not," Justice S N Dhingra said.

The court passed the order while setting aside the order of a family court which had directed the husband, who was unemployed, to pay a maintenance of Rs 5,000 to his wife.

The court said the wife, who was equally qualified as her husband and was working in an MNC, cannot ask for maintenance from her husband who lost his job.

"Court cannot tell the husband that he should beg, borrow or steal but give maintenance to his wife, more so when the husband and wife are almost qualified and capable of earning and both of them claimed to be gainfully employed before marriage," the court said while granting relief to the husband who was an NRI working in Angola in Africa.

"We are living in an era of equality of sexes. The Constitution provides equal treatment to be given irrespective of sex, caste and creed. An unemployed husband who is holding an MBA degree cannot be treated differently to an unemployed wife who is also holding an MBA degree.

"Since both are on equal footing, one cannot be asked to maintain the other unless one is unemployed and the other is employed," the court said.

also @