498A business is booming in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Also the state is badly lagging behind in terms of awareness regarding the widespread misuse of IPC section 498A.
498A India Ltd has grown at a faster rate than any industry in India, be it IT or finance. This sector has grown by almost 120 per cent in 12 years and registered phenomenal returns though investment has been practically nil. From just over 28,000 cases in 1995, the number of cases grew to 63,000 in 2007.
It has touched the lives of almost 10,00,000 people since 1999.
The average amount needed to apply for bail is Rs 10,000 per person. The revenue generated by the government from the bail amount (simply multiply 10,00,000 by 10,000) would be phenomenal. Add to that the large sums devious wives extract from husbands merely by threatening to lodge Sec 498A against them. It’s a blooming industry.
To help victims of section 498A, noted lawyer and movie artist CVL Narasimha Rao formed Bharya Badhitula Sangham (Harassed Husbands’ Association) in hyderabad and is spreading to all possible cities, towns and villages in AP.