The ‘braveheart’ Rohtak sisters fiasco has probably shown name of Haryana in such ‘limelight’ that the chief of women’s commission there has instructed Superintendents of Police to book case against all false complainants under IPC 182, to check the misuse of laws meant to protect women. No need to guess which which laws: IPC 354 (outraging modesty of a woman), IPC 376 (rape), and so on.
In order to prevent the misuse of Acts in the name of crime against women, the Haryana State Commission for Women (HSCW) has asked the SPs of all districts to book case against those girls/women whose complaints are found false during investigation.
Moreover, the girls/women will also have to face police action if they backtrack from their allegations levelled against the accused in their complaints.
Suman Dahiya, vice-chairperson of the women’s commission, said here today that though the women’s commission had been set up for the security of women, it is not against men . “Our work is to ensure justice to the sufferer. During investigation, we have found several false cases lodged by girls/women. The SPs have been asked to take action against such girls/women under section 182,CrPC , to check the misuse of law,” said Suman Dahia.
We are not sure what caused this change of heart, but probably a Change.org petition I had started to prosecute the two Rohtak sisters might have played a part too.
Read the post here about how for false rape cases, few court judgments have already ordered police to initiate prosecution against complainant under IPC 182. Now for the first time probably, a women’s commission chairperson has asked to stop misuse of such laws rather than encouraging women to come forward in filing complaints.