SC axe falls on panel to vet cases under anti-dowry law
THE Supreme Court on Friday rolled back a guideline it had issued last year to set up family welfare committees to examine the veracity of complaints filed by married women under Section 498A of the IPC on harassment for dowry and domestic violence, to prevent its misuse.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, however, didn’t issue any directive on automatic or mandatory arrest of the husband and his family under such cases, noting that false cases also lead to social unrest.
The bench restored the power of the police to decide whether or not to make arrests. While ruling that there is no need for a panel to examine complaints, it said the anticipatory bail provision shall remain intact for the husband and his family members.
“It will also be appropriate to direct the Director General of Police of each State to ensure that investigating officers who are in charge of investigation of cases of offences under Section 498-A IPC should be imparted rigorous training with regard to the principles stated by this court relating to arrest,” it added.