Is Dilution of 497 may cause massive social disruption ?
Before discussion we should now what is the 497 of Indian Penal code
497 Adultery.—Whoever has sexual intercourse with a person who is and whom he knows or has reason to believe to be the wife of another man, without the consent or connivance of that man, such sexual intercourse not amounting to the offence of rape, is guilty of the offence of adultery, and shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to five years, or with fine, or with both. In such case the wife shall not be punishable as an abettor.
The question arise first that Adultery is an offence or not?
At present Indian social scenario is gradually changing. A change from orthodox society to liberal society. The effect of European culture gradually destroy the old Indian culture. Indian culture is conservative in nature, Free sex is not accepted in Indian society, on the other hand European culture Free sex is not consider as an offence.
At present for decoration of society men & Woman are equally responsible. Upper society is gradually inclined in Live In relationship. At present Indian constitution not accepted Live in Relationship, but it is ridiculous matter is that a woman can lodge 498a within this relation. It is no doubt woman get lots of advantage over man for lodging complains. One of the advantage women gets in 497 cases where male partner are consider as criminal.
Lack of strong law against woman in adultery case will make a massive social disruption in India. So in this transition time two point should be clearer
i) Is free sex Indian Society accepted or not?
ii) Men are woman are equally same or not?
If the answer of first question is No and second question is yes it is clearer that 497ipc should be more strong. Dilution of adultery law impact the sanctity of marriage. If adultery a offence it should be consider equal responsibility for Man & woman.
It is the Transition period where law, relation and society move on a critical moment. Husband wife normal relationship are gradually destroy. The long term effect of adultery is very dangerous for our next generation. Tension for relationship will makes our next generation totally handicapped.