Friday, September 02, 2005

Legal Terrorism

Supreme Court calls the abusers of Section 498a, the assassins
Plug loopholes in law on dowry: SC

It says:

In such cases, the acquittal by courts of the accused persons after a long legal proceedings did not “wipe out the ignominy suffered during and prior to the trial by them”, the court said.

Describing such misuse of law as “legal terrorism”, the court said no one could be allowed to unleash frivolous proceedings on this count as the provisions of Section 498A “is intended to be used as shield (a woman against harassment) not as an assassin’s weapon.”

It says:

“In such cases acquittal of the accused does not wipe out the ignominy suffered during and prior to trial. Sometimes adverse media coverage adds to the misery”. Merely because the provision was declared constitutional and intra vires, it did not give licence to unscrupulous persons to wreak personal vendetta or unleash harassment, the judges said.