Hilferuf aus Indien (Englisch!)
Manchmal staune ich über mein eigenes Blog.
Seit ich mein Blog betreibe, erreichen mich immer wieder Hilferufe. Früher viele zu Prüfungsrecht, viele Anfragen von verzweifelten Prüflingen bis hin zu Jura-Studenten, Polizisten und Verkehrspiloten. Seit ich thematisch etwas geschwenkt bin und mich Hochschulschwindel und Feminismus widme, ist nicht nur die Zahl der Leser, sondern auch der Hilfesuchenden und ihrer Themen deutlich angestiegen. Viele wenden sich mit den unterschiedlichsten, oft dramatischen Problemen an mich. Wodurch ich mich zwar geehrt fühle, auch für das Vertrauen, das Leute in mich stecken. Aber ich muss das leider oft enttäuschen. Ich habe weder die Zeit, mich zusätzlich noch um Probleme anderer Leute zu kümmern, noch das Wissen oder die nötige Ausbildung (Rechtsberatung ist halt was für zugelassene Anwälte).
Eben erreichte mich aber ein Hilferuf (naja, nicht ganz aus Indien, sondern von Indern, die in der EU leben), den ich für so außergewöhnlich halte, dass ich ihn – entgegen jeder sonstigen Regel, normalerweise behandle ich das alles streng vertraulich – mal wiedergebe (es wurde ja auch darum gebeten). Ich hatte mal was dazu gebloggt, dass eine femnistische Professorin der Uni Leipzig einen Inder ausgeschlossen hat, weil sie meinte, dass Inder alle Vergewaltiger sind. Ich finde das erstaunlich, denn gerade Feministinnen behaupten doch immer, gegen Vorurteile und Stereotypen zu sein, für Gleichheit, gegen Rassismus, gegen Exklusion. Eine Willkommenskultur für einandernde Fachkräfte ist das jedenfalls nicht. Scheint aber auch für Inder frappierend zu sein, wenn sie aus einem Land mit feministischer Tyrannei nach Europa kommen, glauben, dass sie in einer Zivilisation gelandet sind und dann hier auf sowas stoßen. Es gab zu diesem Blog-Artikel schon einige Kommentare eines Inders, anscheinend hat sich der Artikel rumgesprochen.
Mein Wissen von Indien ist aber sehr gering, ich war auch noch nicht dort. Ich weiß aber von Indien-erfahrenen Bekannten, dass die Verhältnisse dort mitunter sehr schwierig sind. Vor einiger Zeit hat mir schon jemand Hinweise auf (englische) Zeitungsartikel aus Indien geschickt (finde ich gerade nicht, wenn doch, liefere ich sie nach), die ein ganz anderes Bild liefern, als hier in der Presse dargestellt wird, nämlich als das Land häufiger und brutaler Vergewaltigung. Das ist wohl auch zutreffend (wobei es angeblich relativ zur Bevölkerungszahl sogar weniger als in anderen Ländern sind, es nur einfach so viele Menschen dort gibt, dass die absolute Zahl recht hoch ist), aber unvollständig. Denn ein zentrales Problem und damit eine Ursache sei, dass die Richter in Indien angeblich an den Vergewaltigungsfällen verzweifeln, weil eine sehr große Zahl (irgendwo stand mehr als 50%) von Vorwürfen frei erfunden sei, und das nicht nur die Gerichte und Polizei überlastet, sondern auch Ermittlunge und Verurteilungen sehr schwer macht, wenn die Falschbeschuldigungen so hoch sind. Indien war bisher aber gar nicht mein Thema.
Ich möchte jetzt aber einfach mal das Experiment wagen und diesen Text – von dem ich, das sei durchaus angemerkt, noch nicht weiß, ob ich ihn für gut, richtig, zutreffend halten soll, ich kann es eben nicht beurteilen – zur Diskussion stellen. Ich bitte dabei um englischsprachige Diskussion (sofern möglich), weil ich experimentell auch den Leuten, die mich da angeschrieben haben, mal die Möglichkeit zum Mitlesen geben will.
An der Mail waren als Attachment noch 6 Fotos von Zeitungsartikeln angehängt. Zwei auf englisch über Selbstmord bei Männern, die ich aber aus Copyright-Gründen hier nicht wiedergeben kann, und 4 auf Indisch, von denen ich kein Wort verstehe und keinen einzigen Buchstaben kenne. Wer indisch kann: Ich kann sie zuschicken, derjenige kann dann übersetzen und hier als Kommentar posten.
Also: Was haltet Ihr davon? Wie ist das zu bewerten? Stimmt es? Was spricht dafür, was dagegen? Wenn möglich: Englisch!
Dear Mr. Danisch,
I am an Indian living in EU for more than a decade. I have come across your blogs regarding India on Danisch. Situation in India regarding men’s rights is unfortunately very serious and alarming.
We are a group of Indian husbands who are facing cases under section 498a of Indian Penal Code (mental or physical cruelty to wife). Most of us are working as engineers and Doctors in region EU. Each year around 90,000 cases are filed under this section. Since no evidence is required, no medical report is compulsory the misuse of this law has crossed all limits. A case under 498a can only be filed by a wife anytime after marriage or even after divorce and the allegations can be as old as 20 years.
Under 498a, an accused in presumed guilty until proven innocent and the burden of proving his innocence is on him and his family. The offense is cognizable, non-compoundable and non-bailable and since there is no punishment for filing a false case, the misuse of this act is so rampant that Supreme Court of India has declared this law as “Legal Terrorism”.
Minors and children who are related to the husband as nephew or niece have been arrested under this act on a mere complaint of wife. The youngest person arrested was merely 2 months old. No one is spared, be it be parents or grandparents, aged or bedridden, kid or infant. All it needs is a small complaint on A4 paper by a wife and she is free to write any name she thinks accusing her and police has to arrest everyone immediately.
As you may also follow from  that in 85% of the cases filed, the accused is able to prove his innocence. The acquittal rate is as high as 98%, in the cases where 498a is used alone, but husband and his parents, siblings, relatives are still arrested and spend days to weeks to months in jail prior to investigation. In 2014, disappointed by the inaction of Government, the Supreme Court of India stepped in again to reduce the misuse by stopping immediate arrest in such cases. But, as you may know that courts do not make laws and police is not bound to follow judgements but laws. The situation has gone so worse that in Delhi for mothers and sisters of husband, Tihar jail has to be used for keeping them there when they are arrested , this is the jail where usually terrorists and Indian’s most wanted criminals are kept.
Few countries including USA and Canada have already issued travel warnings due to misuse of dowry harassment law .
The male suicide is on rise and is mostly due to 498a. According to the data published by NCRB, 64,000 married men in India committed suicide in 2013. 24% out of which due to family problems due to 498a as we assert. Some of the examples you may find in , which also includes disturbing suicide video of Mr. Syed Makdoom who was oppressed, blackmailed, and extorted in the name of 498a. There are 48 such laws that are women and wife biased. 498a is worst of them.
In most of our cases the wives were not successful in filing a complaint of domestic violence in a European state, flew back to India and filed multiple cases there. Indian courts who had no jurisdiction on domestic residence of couple who were living abroad, still took cognizance of such complaints. Our parents and siblings who were not even living with us abroad have been named under 498a and have been arrested.
In such a situation husbands living abroad go to India to fight fake cases. They are arrested at airport and spend days in jail without any investigation being done. Courts impound our passports and we lose our jobs. We usually pay heavy sum to wife to get the cases closed. If we decide to fight then we have to stay in India for years without a job as criminals before trial.
There are husbands who decide not to visit India. In such cases RCN (Red Corner Notice) were issued by Indian police through Interpol, which is usually served to hard core criminals. Since 2009 Interpol was entertaining such notices and extraditing Indian husbands with cases under 498a. But seeing the non-seriousness of cases, they stopped it in 2009 
The purpose of filing such cases is either money or revenge. If husband, his family, and relatives are arrested, he lives under fear of losing job, then most of them give up. 498a is not the only law which a husband has to face. It comes in a packed wrapped with:
- CrPC 125: Pay regular monthly maintenance to wife. This can be up to 20% of before tax salary. If husband loses his job, it’s his problem because status of the wife should be same as during time when both were living together. Wife is not liable to maintain anyone.
- Child support: Upto 20% of salary per child
- DV act of 2005: 20% salary monthly + compensation to wife
- Hindu Marriage Act: Permanent alimony upto 50% of all assets of husband including property acquired before or after marriage
And yes, she can file multiple claims under different acts using same complaint.
In year 2013, around 200,000 husbands including their parents, mothers, sisters, husband of sisters, brothers, wives of brothers, relative, nephews and niece were arrested under 498a. This included around 450 children. One forth of arrested were women. Irony, that the law was framed to protect women.
There are thousands of Indian husbands living abroad but can not visit their country due to 498a. Even when their parents need them the most when they are ill or when they pass away, such husbands can’t visit India. Such husbands also lose their children when wives take them to India.
I would like to ask you if there is any possibility that you may entertain our blog on your website? Most of us speak English very well and few have knoweldge of German too. We want to create awareness about men’s rights in India. It is one of the safest country for women, but unfortunately portrayed as worst one. I can supply all the material to you. Amongst us are some husbands living in Germany. They too can contact you if need be.
Victim of 498a, Marital Justice Group
 http://lawcommissionofindia.nic.in/reports/report243.pdf [page 44, 3.]
 : 2 Month old baby arrested under dowry harassment act
2- and 4-year-olds accused in domestic violence complaint
7 years old face 498a
: Travel Advisory by Canada
http://travel.gc.ca/destinations/india (see laws and culture)
Travel Advisory USA (earlier text, now removed)
A number of U.S.-citizen men who have come to India to marry Indian nationals have been arrested and charged with crimes related to dowry extraction. Many of the charges stem from the U.S. citizen’s inability to provide an immigrant visa for his prospective spouse to travel immediately to the United States. The courts sometimes order the U.S. citizen to pay large sums of money to his spouse in exchange for the dismissal of charges. The courts normally confiscate the American’s passport, and he must remain in India until the case has been settled. There are also cases of U.S.-citizen women of Indian descent whose families force them against their will into marriages to Indian nationals.
: Police inspector shoots himself after wife charged him with 498a
Techie suicide due to 498a
Man commited suicide due to wife’s complaint against him in police station (probably under section 498a)
Another suicide by a man making harsh law in the name of protecting woman responsible:
27-years old husband commited suicide. In-laws and wife beat him. Police didn’t file case and finally they threatened him of filing 498a. He uploaded video and circulated through whats App.
Topper from Indian’s topmost university IIT implicated in false 498a, represented himself in the case as lawyer of own, lost job, career, finally won the case
One honest officer in Indian civil services allegedly commited suicide. Initially mafia hand was expected. Now news is unfolding. Allegedly, his wife had affair and he was threatened with 498a. There have been good number of protest to investigate the case in Bangalore but it’s taking new turn
Another husband (SW-Engineer) commited suicide due to 498a terror.
A Doctor commits suicide after wife threatens him with 498a
Video of suicide of Mr Makdoon due to blackmail and extortion in the 498a uploaded.
Techie not shown his son, commited suicide after wife filed 498a
Married men suicide on rise due to 498a
Teacher accused in dowry case ends life
Due to extortion by airhostess wife, husband commits suicide. Wife was already a widow. The first husband commited suicide within 2 months of marriage.
Husband commits suicide in front of police officer due to harassment by police caused due to complaint filed by wife in Women’s cell. 498a complaints in North India are handled in Women cell who are bound to support wife by law and fulfil her extortion demand in the form of settlement.
1. 3_men_per_week_suicide.jpeg Yes, 3 men per week and these are unofficial figures. NCRB is not bound to collect such data because suicide of a married woman is covered under 304B [husband and his family (by default) are responsible for suicide/unnatural death of a wife if she dies within 7 years of marriage until proven innocent]. The article304B, is just like 498a and 376 (rape) is against Article 21 of life and liberty of Indian constitution under which accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
2. another_suicide_ex_armyman.jpeg due to harassment he faced due to DV act. Yes in India there are multiple laws to file cases against husband. In short:
– 498a: Cruelty and dowry
– DP3/4: Taking or giving dowry
– CrPC 125: to file maintenance which can be only filed against husband, a son or a father. Women no matter working or not working is not liable to maintain anyone
– DV act: Again maintenance to be claimed from husband/in-laws/live-in partner by a wife or a girl-friend
– IPC 377: Unnatural sex by husband. No need of medical report. Man can’t file it against a woman.
– Hindu marriage act: Maintainence and alimony case against husband. Wife not liable to pay anything.
I can’t write the complete list here. There are cases where women have filed forced abortion cases against husband without any medical/hospital report. Since the Supreme court intervention last year making the arrest under 498a not immediate, wives have started filing rape and molestation cases against husband’s relatives including forced abortion and unnatural sex. Accused get acquitted or pay money as settlement but all this make arrest inevitable.
4. Suicide_wife_complaint.png: Wife filed complaint against husband and he was disappointed by police biasness to an extent that he burnt himself.
5. 498aThreatsuicide.JPG: Husband commits suicide after wife threatened him with dowry harassment law (498a)
6. 21_yrs_old_husband_suicide.jpg: Husband commits suicide after wife lodged dowry harassment case in police station