Referring to news item above:
I am not saying it’s not abused. Just because it empowers women and gives them a negotiating space, [there are demands] that it be repealed. This is male chauvinism.”
Justice Ganguly pointed out that Section 307 of the IPC was the most abused with instances of even a slap being construed as an attempt on one’s life.
As a SC judge, Justice A K Ganguly believes that IPC 498a gives women a negotiating space. The citizens would like to know further from the learned SC judge all the other sections of IPC which are meant to give negotiating space to citizens.
He states that IPC 307 (attempt to murder) is most abused. I hope it is not because judiciary treats charges like “attempt to murder” as providing negotiating space to citizens to solve their private disputes! It is because of this dilution of what is criminal law and what is civil law, the former Chief Justice Balakrishnan even suggested publicly that rape victims should be given choice to marry the accused. Not sure if he also meant that rape law can be used to create a negotiating space! In the same breath the same SC judges will say that atrocities on women are increasing, we must protect women.
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The SC judges need to be sent back to school to re-educate themselves about criminal law. We really hope they are not using the IPC sections to help create negotiating spaces in their families, and among friends and relatives.