In 2009 Supreme Court of India reconfirmed the definition for section 498A as below:
6. The ingredients of Section 498-A are as follows:
“ 498A: Husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty- Whoever, being the husband or the relative of the husband of a woman, subjects such woman to cruelty shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and shall also be liable to fine.
Explanation – For the purpose of this section ’cruelty’ means –
(a) any wilful conduct which is of such a nature as is likely to drive the woman to commit suicide or to cause grave injury or danger to life, limb or health (whether mental or physical) of the woman;
(b) harassment of the woman where such harassment is with a view to coercing her or any person related to her to meet any unlawful demand for any property or valuable security or is on account of failure by her or any person related to her to meet such demand.”
Consequences of cruelty which are likely to drive a woman to commit suicide or to cause grave injury or danger to life, limb or health, whether mental or physical of the woman are required to be established in order to bring home the application of Section 498A IPC.
This is the definition to bring the IPC498A. But as you know indian police and judiciary will not follow the law. Whatever woman gives in the complaint police immediately file FIR and submit the same to the magistrate.
You have to teach them what is law in the trial. Otherwise you cannot surive in india. Sometimes you have to go to the higher courts to get the justice. There judge will readout the law and explain the definition of the section to the PP. This is the sad fate of innocent indians.