Section 498a of the Indian penal code makes it an offence for a husband or his family to subject his wife to cruelty or harassment.
Hridaya-Nest of Family Harmony is a Men's Rights organisation that claims that Section 498a is frequently abused, with false accusations being made against men.
In a 2013 News 18 article, a spokesman is quoted, attributing all the deaths by suicide of married men as being due to false Section 498a claims:
Every nine minutes a married man commits suicide in India due to alleged misuse of section 498a of IPC against them, taking the toll to around a whopping 64,000 every year, says a report.
"National Crime Records Bureau statistics reveal more incidences of suicide by married men than by married women. In 2012 approximately 64,000 married men committed suicide vis-a-vis 32,000 married women," says DS Rao, president of Hridaya-Nest of Family Harmony, an NGO, quoting a survey by it.
Were there 64,000 deaths by suicide of married Indian men in 2012 after Section 498a claims?