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Hi Sir,

My wife is blackmailing me for filing Dowry case against myself and my family. I am living away from my family in order to protect them from any false acquisition by her.
Can I file any petition in Women Cell against her? I am afraid if I filed divorce case then she will file dowry case against all my family members and bring harm to them. It is impossible for me to live with her. Is there any way that I can file a case in court or in women cell to get protection for my family and myself?


The National Womens Cell was set up under the National Womens' Commission Act look after the grievances of women only.However, complaints may be lodged even by men but it must be related to grievances of women only like dowry,rape, sexual harassment etc.However, it does not register any complaint made by husbands against their wives because it is beyond its jurisdiction and for it court is the appropriate forum.However, to my knowledge there is no such bar for lodging a complaint by a husband against her wife to the Women's cell of the police because anybody can file a complaint before them.

In view of the above,if your wife has filed a complaint before the National Women's Commission or women cell of the police, please apply for anticipatory bail for you and your family. It is the legal right of any  wife to file a criminal complaint under section-498-A of IPC. Nobody could prevent her.Sometimes the said provision  is misused by ladies to unnecessarily harass their husband and their family. If your wife files it, you will have to defend the case in the court. Even if your wife files a criminal case against you, that will not prevent you from filing a petition for restitution of conjugal rights U/S 9, Hindu Marriages Act in the Family Court.You can also file a  Divorce case against her,in case it is impossible for you to live peacefully with her.Even if in such circumstances, your wife files a counter -allegation of dowry case against you and your family members,you have nothing to worry about because mere filing of a case does not mean you are guilty of the allegations made against you.Moreover,Commission will give opportunities for hearing to both the parties and will certainly listen to your defences.They sometimes try to settle the disputes between the husband and wife through counselling.

Further,as long as she has not registered a case, you are safe and in case she files a complaint,try to protect yourself by following the advices given above.However, please take all your decisions in consultation with a suitable lawyer to protect yourself.

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Obtained ''A'' Grade Certificate in the Parliamentary Procedure from the Secy. General of Parliament in 1994-95.It was in connection with a training course conducted by the BPE for PSU Executives.

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