The Supreme Court of India has observed in recent judgments that there has been an increase in matrimonial disputes and greater disaffection towards the institution of marriage. Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was introduced with the aim of protecting women from cruelty by their husbands and in-laws. However, the court has noted that this provision has also been misused to settle personal scores against the husband and his relatives. The court has emphasized the importance of members of the legal profession in ensuring that the social fiber of family life is not ruined and in helping parties arrive at an amicable resolution. The court has also pointed out the need for proper visualization of the implications and consequences of filing a complaint under Section 498A IPC, as it can lead to harassment, agony, and pain for all parties involved. The ultimate goal of justice is to find the truth, punish the guilty, and protect the innocent.

Kahkashan Kumar vs State of Bihar on 8 Feb., 22.

By aor.sanjivnarang@gmail.com

Sanjiv Narang Adv. is an Advocate on Record in the Supreme Court of India. His qualifications include an LLB from University of Delhi and a Masters degree in Personnel Management from Panjab University,Chandigarh.In his more than 3 decades of experience, he has practiced law at the District, High Court and Supreme Court levels.He also has more than a decade of experience in the field of Management. He is the author of two books namely Laws for Women in India and Innovation, Why What and How.