The National Commission for Women (NCW) has expressed serious concern over the recent Supreme Court judgement that said that kicking or threatening wives with divorce by the in-laws cannot be construed as cruelty.
SC judgment only says it cannot be construed as cruelty under IPC 498A. The word Cruelty is used in several places in both criminal and civil acts, e.g. in Hindu Marriage Act 1955 married person (more likely woman) can get divorce based on Cruelty by other spouse.
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NCW Chairperson Girija Vyas has taken up the issue with Minister for Law and Justice Verappa Moily to file a review petition in this matter, an official release said here today.
Maybe NCW should ensure that they create a fair /equitable law for all women of household, not just wives. So if a daugher in law kicks her mother in law, that should also be termed as cruelty under some IPC section.