While, as in case of any other legislation, 498A too has been prone to misuse, such cases have been largely anecdotal. In comparison, complaints declared false on similar grounds are far higher in other IPC cases such as for cheating, kidnapping and abduction, criminal breach of trust
"My sons Abhimanyu Singh and LoP Ajay Singh indulged in domestic violence against me and forced me out of my own house. They have also refused to take care of my maintenance which compelled me to approach the court," Saroj Kumari, Arjun Singh's wife, said.
Though the incident took place on May 16, the Women Police Station at Gandhi Maidan lodged the case on Saturday. According to police, the airhostess was friends with the MLC’s sons Prashant and Sushant.
The Maharashtra State Commission for Women is going to start a helpline for women to exclusively cater to victims of sex trafficking, domestic violence or sexual harassment. The commission will inform local police, collector or WCD officer to intervene.