Government examining anti-dowry Act
New Delhi: Government on Friday said it was examining certain amendments in the Dowry Prohibition Act 1961 that were suggested by the National Commission for Women to make the law more effective.
Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath said that decision whether to incorporate these changes in the Act would only be taken after complete examination of the proposal.
"The recommendations are under examination and the decision to amend the Act will be contingent on the outcome of the examination," Tirath said.
In reply to another question, Tirath said while the National Crime Records Bureau data for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010 had showed an increasing trend in crimes against women, it was also reflective of an increased level of awareness.
A total of 1,95,856 (2008), 2,03,804 (2009) and 2,13,585 (2010) cases were registered during these years, Tirath said in a statement.
"While it shows an increasing trend, it may also reflect greater awareness of laws leading to an increase in reporting of cases," she said.