Causes and Impacts of Adultery on the Disruption of the Family System of Bangladesh; A Critical Analysis on the Section 497 of the Penal Code, 1860

  • Md. Sakib Hasan,
  • Silma Subah Chowdhury and Afroza Perveen
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  • Md. Sakib Hasan

    Apprentice Lawyer at District and Session Judge Court, Bangladesh Bar Council, Bangladesh

  • Silma Subah Chowdhury

    Senior Lecturer at Department of Law, Port City International University, Bangladesh

  • Afroza Perveen

    Assistant Professor at Department of Law, Port City International University, Bangladesh

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This critical analysis delves into the multifaceted issue of adultery in the context of Bangladesh and its profound impacts on the disruption of the family system. Section 497 of the Penal Code, 1860, which deals with adultery, serves as the focal point for examining both the legal framework and the social dynamics surrounding this phenomenon. The paper explores the societal causes, including gender inequalities, changing social norms, and economic pressures, which can lead to marital infidelity. Furthermore, it investigates the role of technology and social media in facilitating and exacerbating adultery. The study then scrutinizes the legal aspects of adultery in Bangladesh, particularly Section 497 of the Penal Code, 1860. It assesses the effectiveness of this legal provision in addressing adultery-related issues and its alignment with contemporary societal values and gender equity. Moving forward, the paper investigates the profound impacts of adultery on the family system of Bangladesh. It examines the emotional, psychological, and economic repercussions on spouses and children, as well as the wider community. In conclusion, this critical analysis provides insights into the causes and impacts of adultery within the family system of Bangladesh. It underscores the need for a comprehensive examination of Section 497 of the Penal Code, 1860, and its relevance in the evolving social and legal landscape. The paper also suggests potential policy reforms and interventions to mitigate the disruptive effects of adultery on families in Bangladesh.


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International Journal of Legal Science and Innovation, Volume 6, Issue 2, Page 182 - 217


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