Move to amend anti-dowry harassment law

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The Union Government has initiated a move to amend a criminal law that will allow compromise and settlement between husband and wife in dowry harassment cases.

This initiative has been taken to check frequent misuse of the provision to trouble men and their near relatives.
Under the proposal, Section 498A of the IPC will be made a compoundable offence with the permission of the courts as suggested by the Law Commission and Justice Malimath Committee.

According to Home Ministry source a note has been sent to the Law Ministry for drawing up the draft bill.
At present the offence is non-compoundable and non-bailable which provides for immediate arrest of the accused.

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