People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


Vol. XXXIII

No. 32

August 09, 200

Brinda Karat Flays Retrograde SC Verdict

 

Ms Brinda Karat, MP and Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M), wrote the following letter to Dr M Veerappa Moily, hon’ble minister for law and justice, regarding the retrograde judgement of the Supreme Court delivered on August 4 regarding a case under Section 498 A of the IPC.

 

I WRITE to draw your attention to what can only be considered a retrograde judgement of the Supreme Court delivered on August 4 regarding a case under Section 498 A of the IPC. You may have seen the press reports of the said judgement reported in the national press today. According to the learned judges, kicking your daughter-in-law, threatening her with divorce or verbal torture does not amount to cruelty. Such a judicial understanding of cruelty will be a license for domestic violence, both mental and physical. It may also encourage wife-beaters. If unchallenged, it will undo the positive steps taken by the government and parliament to provide a just legal framework to address the increasing number of cases of domestic violence and protect the lives and dignity of women within the domestic sphere.

 

I request you to urgently study the said judgement and to ensure that a review petition is filed at the earliest. The government must play a proactive role in protecting the rights of women, especially when these rights are sought to be eroded by judgements which reflect an insensitive reading of the law.