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Husbands victims of anti-dowry law

Oversized condoms test Indians

Husbands are becoming victims of an anti-dowry law which is being misused by their wives to extort money, a group representing men who have been accused of dowry abuse said.
Members of—a group representing thousands of men and their families named—claim there are growing numbers of false cases being registered under the anti-dowry law or Section 498a of the Indian Penal Code that seeks to protect women.
“There are thousands of men and their families who are victims of the abuse of this law, who are locked up in jail and undergo severe mental, emotional and financial and social trauma as a result,” Anupama Singh, a member of, named after the dowry law informed.
Singh said the main reason for registering false cases was to extort money, or gain custody of children during divorce.
Condoms designed to meet international size specifications are too big for many Indian men as their penises fall short of what manufacturers had anticipated, an Indian study has found.
The Indian Council of Medical Research said its initial findings from a two-year study showed 60 per cent of men in the financial capital Mumbai had penises about 2.4 cm (one inch) shorter than those condoms catered for.
For a further 30 per cent, the difference was at least 5 cm (two inches). A poor fit meant the prophylactics often didn’t do the job they were bought for, and led to some tearing or slipping off during use. “One of the reasons for a failure of up to 20 per cent of condoms is the association of the size of the condom to the erect penis,” the council’s Dr Chander Puri said, adding another reason was couples often put them on in a hurry. “We need more vending machines for condoms of different sizes so people can pick a condom with confidence that is suited to their needs,” he said.
The ICMR survey had studied 1,400 men between 18-50 years of age nationwide.