"We have already sent our objections to the Prime Minister," Save Family Foundation (Delhi chapter) president Swarup Sarkar said.

Under the proposal, Section 498-A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) will be made a compoundable offence across India with the permission of courts as suggested by the law commission and Justice Malimath committee on reforms of criminal justice Sarkar said

Section 498-A (of Anti Dowry Act) is compoundable only in Andhra Pradesh.

"Statistics showed there is no reduction in its misuse there too. Such provision will lead to more abuse and extortion," he claimed.

Bangalore-based NGO CRISP president Kumar V. Jahgirdar cited if the government really wanted to reduce misuse of Section 498-A, it should be first made a bailable and then a compoundable offence.

CRISP works for the cause of child rights and shared parenting.There should also be a provision of jail punishment of minimum three years for those abusing the law, he added.

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