Men’s rights activists want commission on lines of NCW

Mumbai: Men’s rights activists on Friday demanded setting up of a national-level commission for men on the lines of the National Commission for Women (NCW) to safeguard their interests.

The demand was made when men’s rights activists from across the country gathered in Bhayander on Friday at a meeting organised by an NGO Save Indian Family.

Kumar Jahgirdar, who spearheads the movement for gender-neutral laws, and also runs an NGO Childrens’ Right Initiative for Shared Parenting, said, “Though men pay more than 82 per cent of the country’s income tax, no government has ever bothered to address their problems. Therefore, we demand a dedicated ministry for men’s welfare and also a men’s commission on the lines of NCW.” It is ironic that while there are dedicated ministries for even animals and forests but none for men, he added.

Swarup Sarkar, president of the Save Indian Family, an NGO which advocates gender neutral laws, said, “Now there is an urgent need to act against those women, who file false complaints (against husbands) with the protection of women-centric laws.”

Source: The Asian Age

Activists demand gender neutral laws, Commission for Men

Press Trust of India | Mumbai | Men’s rights activists today demanded setting up of a national-level commission for men on the lines of the National Commission for Women (NCW) to safeguard their interests.

The demand was made when men’s rights activists from across the country gathered in suburban Bhayander here today at a meeting organised by an NGO Save Indian Family.

Kumar Jahgirdar, who spearheads the movement for gender-neutral laws, and also runs an NGO– Childrens’ Right Initiative for Shared Parenting (CRISP), said, “Though men pay more than 82 per cent of the country’s Income Tax, no government has ever bothered to address their problems. Therefore, we demand a dedicated ministry for men’s welfare and also a men’s commission on the lines of NCW.”

It is an irony that while there are dedicated ministries for even animals and forests but none for men, he added.

Swarup Sarkar, president of the Save Indian Family (SIF), an NGO which works to promote family and marital harmony and also advocates gender neutral laws, said, “Now there is an urgent need to act against those women, who file false complaints (against husbands) with the protection of women-centric laws.”

Interestingly, a number of women were also present at today’s event, who also vociferously demand setting up of a commission for men.

Barkha Trehan, a businesswomen from Delhi and also attached with SIF Delhi Chapter, said, “As many as fifty laws are made for women, but not a single for men. The voices of 50 per cent population are being completely unheard in this democratic country, which cannot be ignored now.”

“Now, government should wake up and have an assessment of the impact of only women-biased laws as 64,000 (citing National Crime Records Bureau data) are killed by their wives nationally,” she said.

The meeting in Bhayander will continue till Sunday and activists will pass resolutions seeking changes in laws, which will then be handed over to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “save Men” and treat them as equal citizens.

Source: Business Standard

NGOs want shared parenting made compulsory for children’s welfare

NGOs want shared parenting made compulsory for children's welfare CRISP, a Bangalore-based NGO which is pursuing the issue, along with other groups in different parts of the country, has written to the prime minister, seeking his intervention to ensure implementation of the Law Commission recommendation — making shared parenting compulsory.

Children deprived of access to fathers in a custodial battle suffer from several psychological disorders while growing up, said members of different NGOs gathered in the city on Thursday to talk about the need to make shared parenting compulsory. Several studies conducted by the groups pursuing to implement the ‘shared parenting plan’ show that such children are more prone to committing suicide, dropping out of school or indulging in juvenile crimes.

CRISP, a Bangalore-based NGO which is pursuing the issue, along with other groups in different parts of the country, has written to the prime minister, seeking his intervention to ensure implementation of the Law Commission recommendation — making shared parenting compulsory.

National president of CRISP Kumar Jahgirdar, while addressing the media and non-custodian parents, said, “There are lakhs of cases pending in various cities and district courts in our country for several years. The delay in deciding in child custody matters is leading to children being deprived of fathers’ love and affection in more that 98% cases, thus leading to a fatherless society.”

At the meet, where several non-custodian parents spoke about the urgent need for shared parenting, said that in foreign countries there are laws which prevent parental alienation.

CRISP member Manoj Gandhi said, “Efforts need to be taken right at the beginning; if a child gets love from both parents, litigation will come down drastically in family courts. China, the US and Canada have adopted joint parenting system.”

CRISP has demanded that family courts, within six months, dispose of all child custody related matters and effectively use parenting plans as a mandatory procedure in courts. It also wants that substantial and significant parenting time be granted to both parents on a continuous basis, and that judiciary take action against parental alienation and non-compliance or interference in court-ordered visitation, done with the purpose of alienating the other parent.

Pending cases

12,000 in Maharashtra
20,000 in Karnataka
16,000 in Kerala
28,000 in Gujarat

Source: DNA News

NGO to take up men’s cause on Independence Day

Tribune News Service – Jalandhar, August 12 | This Independence Day, a group of 50 NGOs, under the banner of Save Indian Family (SIF) and more than 180 activists across the nation will assemble in Mumbai for the advocacy of gender neutral laws.

The seventh national confluence has been earmarked to evolve a strategy for “protecting vulnerable men from laws facing undue harassment due to heavily loaded legal provisions against men.”

“The national confluence aims to evolve a consensus from nationwide volunteers to plan initiatives to empathise with the deteriorating situation of men on the legal front, health care and social status, to address men in distress through various channels, campaigns, creating of groups and establishing respect for men,” said members of the Insaaf Awareness Movement, including Kunal Aggarwal, president, Kamal Sharma, secretary, Vikas Madaan and Bharat Chauhan, the other activists from Jalandhar.

The members believe that men have been marginalised like never before. Apart from gender neutral laws, the group will also discuss the issue of suicide being committed by them. “Suicides exhibit social trauma and mental status of men. The NCRB 2014 illustrates the vulnerable situation that men are facing in the present scenario. Every 5.9 minutes, a men is committing suicide in India with family disputes as the single largest reason for male suicide,” they said in a press note.

Source: The Tribune

‘Harassed’ men set up meet

New Delhi, Aug. 8: When the country celebrates one more year of Independence next Saturday, dozens of non-government organisations will be in the middle of a brainstorming session to work out a plan for a different kind of freedom.

For “harassed” males.

Their objective: create pressure groups and “sensitise” MPs into framing gender-neutral laws. The existing laws, they say, are biased against men.

The 50 NGOs, under the banner Save Indian Family, and more than 200 activists will assemble in Mumbai from August 14, the day the conference starts. The meet ends on August 16.

“The conference will evolve a strategy to create pressure groups to sensitise parliamentarians to formulate laws to address male-specific issues and work for gender-neutral laws,” said Kumar Jahgirdar, national president of the Children’s Right Initiative for Shared Parenting (CRISP), a Bangalore-based NGO spearheading the movement for gender-neutral laws.

Kumar, who spoke to The Telegraph from Bangalore, said the conference would discuss threadbare the problems confronting men.

The NGO, which cited studies and figures from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), came up with statistics to back its campaign.

  • In India, it said, a man commits suicide every 5.8 minutes, with family disputes being the single largest reason. In 2014, 89,129 men committed suicide compared to 42,537 women.
    The NGO said a key reason was men have no support system when faced with existing laws like the penal code’s Section 498A, under which a woman can file a case of harassment against her husband and in-laws.
    In one case, the Supreme Court had equated the misuse of this section to “legal terrorism”.
    According to NCRB figures for 2013, of the 9,68,728 undertrials charged under Section 498A, only 17,542 (1.8 per cent) were convicted. “Has the government thought of a rehabilitation plan for such victims of false cases?” Kumar asked.
  • The NGO said false cases of rape had added to the “legal terrorism” and wants women who file false cases to be punished.
  • Marital rape, it said, was another potential weapon of misuse. “A law against marital rape will give many people the scope to lodge false complaints. How does one prove in court whether a sexual encounter was consensual or forced? All privacy will be lost if a married couple starts thinking of legal aspects within their bedroom. We oppose such a move,” Kumar said.

Kumar also pointed out that in matrimonial disputes, family courts were generally biased against fathers. As for laws on workplace harassment, the NGO said they should be made gender neutral.

The three-day meet will also deliberate on the need for a separate ministry and a national commission for men.

Kumar said a memorandum would be signed by all the NGOs and submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the conference ends.

Source: The Telegraph

पति को काटकर नमक के साथ घर में किया था दफन, सजा सुन निकले आंसू

UP Meer lady got life term for killing husband in Meerut
सजा सुनाए जाने के बाद पति की हत्या करने वाली वर्षा को जेल भेज दिया गया।

मेरठ. पति को काटकर नमक के साथ घर में दफन करने वाली महिला को सोमवार को जिला न्यायाधीश रामकिशन गौतम की कोर्ट ने दोषी करार दिया। कोर्ट ने उसे आजीवन कैद और 25 हजार रुपए जुर्माने की सजा सुनाई। सजा का एलान होते ही, उसकी आंखों से आंसू छलक पड़े। महिला ने तीन साल पहले गंगानगर में इस वारदात को अंजाम दिया था। सजा सुनाए जाने के बाद महिला को जेल भेज दिया गया। बता दें कि, 27 मार्च, 2012 को इंचौली थानाक्षेत्र के गंगानगर में इस घटना के बाद सनसनी फैल गई थी। तीन साल तक चली सुनवाई में पुलिस ने 11 गवाह और तमाम सबूत कोर्ट के सामने पेश किए।

नमक के पैकेट देखकर हुआ था शक

मंजू नाम की महिला ने वर्षा पटेल के पति राजेंद्र पटेल से मकान का सौदा किया था। मंजू मकान पर कब्जा लेने पहुंची तो राजेंद्र के बारे में पूछा। वर्षा ने बताया कि राजेंद्र गुजरात गए हैं। तभी मंजू की नजर घर में पड़े दर्जनों नमक के पैकेट्स पर पड़ी। उसने घर के अंदर एक जगह पर ताजा फर्श भी बना हुआ देखा। उसे कुछ शक हुआ तो उसने पड़ोसियों से इस बारे में पूछताछ की। थोड़ी देर बाद उसने पुलिस को सूचना दे दी। जब पुलिस ने फर्श खोदा तो अंदर राजेंद्र का शव था। पति की हत्या के आरोप में वर्षा को तुरंत गिरफ्तार कर लिया गया था।

शराब में मिला दी थी नींद की गोलियां

पति की हत्या करने से पहले वर्षा ने उसकी शराब में नींद की गोलियां मिला दी थीं। बेहोशी की हालत में उसने पति की गर्दन पर दांव (तेज धारदार हथियार) से ताबड़तोड़ वार कर मौत की नींद सुला दिया। इसके बाद उसने शव को घर में ही गड्ढा खोदकर दफना दिया। घटना का खुलासा होने पर वर्षा ने कहा था कि यदि वह उसे नहीं मारती तो राजेंद्र उसे और उसके बच्चों को मार डालता। उसका पति उस पर शक करता था और आए दिन उसे मारता था।

UP Meer lady got life term for killing husband in Meerut
कोर्ट से बाहर निकलती वर्षा।

वर्षा ने की थी लव मैरिज

पुलिस के अनुसार, गुजरात के पालन जिला निवासी राजेंद्र पटेल की पहली पत्नी की मौत के बाद उसका वर्षा के साथ अफेयर हो गया था। साल 2002 में दोनों ने लव मैरिज की थी। इसके बाद साल 2008 में राजेंद्र वर्षा के साथ गंगानगर में मकान खरीद कर रहने लगा। इसी दौरान राजेंद्र को पत्नी के अवैध संबंध होने का शक होने लगा था।

फैसला सुनते ही निकले वर्षा के आंसू

जज ने जब राजेंद्र पटेल हत्याकांड का फैसला सुनाया तो कोर्ट में मौजूद आरोपी वर्षा के चेहरे का रंग उड़ गया। कोर्ट में ही वो फूट-फूटकर रोेने लगी। जब तक वह कोर्ट में रही लगातार रोती रही। फैसला आने के बाद उसने किसी से बात नहीं की। कोर्ट की कार्रवाई पूरी होने के बाद उसे कड़ी सुरक्षा के बीच जेल भेज दिया गया। उसके बच्चे अब रिश्तेदार के पास रहते हैं।

Source: Dainik Bhaskar

Rs. One lakh cost imposed on woman for misusing Domestic Violence Act against husband

In a rare case of its kind, a Metropolitan Magistrate of Saket Court in New Delhi, Shivani Chauhan, has dismissed the domestic violence complaint of a woman, who resides in south Delhi, saying that she had falsified and concocted various allegations and suppressed important facts in order to harass her husband and her in-laws. The court noted that the complainant woman misused legal provisions as a tool to extort unjustified money from her husband and her in-laws for unjustified personal gain. The court also imposed a cost of Rs. 1 lakh on her as exemplary costs.

Rs. One lakh cost imposed on woman for misusing Domestic Violence Act against husband

In the present case, the complainant woman had said that she got married in November 1989 at Patna and it was a love marriage. It was noted in the complaint that after the marriage, however, the differences grew and she was harassed physically and verbally by her husband while her in-laws turned a blind eye towards the issue.

It is noteworthy that the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, was enacted by the Parliament to provide for more effective protection of the rights of women guaranteed under the Constitution who are victims of violence of any kind occurring within the family.

It is in this context that the court in the above case noted that generally women are at the receiving end of domestic violence and the Protection of Woman from Domestic Violence (PWDV) Act is created solely with a view to provide relief to the victims of domestic violence and not to the perpetrators. It, however, noted that, in the present case, the testimony of the complainant woman throws light on the conduct of the complainant and the extent, to which she has falsified and concocted various allegations and has suppressed important facts in order to harass her husband and parents-in-laws and had misused the PWDV Act as a tool to extort unjustified money from her husband for unjustified personal gain.

The court further said that it was a fit case which called for imposition of exemplary cost on complainant woman, so that like minded people are dissuaded from resorting to such mala fide practices. The court of the M.M. Shivani Chauhan thus, not only dismissed the woman’s complaint but also imposed a cost of Rs. one lakh, which is to be deposited in the account of Blind Relief Association. The court observed that the imposition of cost was in furtherance of the principle that wrongdoers should not get benefit out of frivolous litigations.

Source: Tilak Marg