New Delhi, March 11: The Government on Wednesday said that it is planning to make offences under the anti-dowry law compoundable by amending a specific provision in it.
Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary, in a written statement in Rajya Sabha, replied with a "yes, sir" when he was asked whether government proposes to make Section 498A of IPC a compoundable offence by appropriate amendments in the CrPC.
"The government has the proposal to make Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code a compoundable offence, with the permission of the courts, as per the recommendations of the Law Commission of India and the Malimath Committee.
"A draft note for the Cabinet which, inter alia, seeks to amend section 498A of the IPC, making it compoundable, has been sent to the Legislative Department, Ministry of Law and Justice for drawing up the draft bill," he said.
By making an offence compoundable, contesting parties get an option to compromise their issues outside the court and avoid a trial.