SIF-APTS at 7th SIF National Meet 2015

The Expedition of SIF-APTS from 6th SIF National Meet 2014 at 7th SIF National Meet of Men’s Rights Activists 2015 #‎KnowThySelf in GCC Hotel Mumbai.

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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

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

India saw 1,35,445 suicides last year

Scrutiny reveals 242 men and 129 women commit suicide every day

As many as 1,35,445 people committed suicide in the country last year. Statistics released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) show that excluding West Bengal, 79,773 men and 40,715 women had taken the extreme step. West Bengal, where 14,957 suicides were reported, did not provide classification statistics to the NCRB.

The rate of suicide last year stands at 11.2 cases for a population of I lakh. As per rounded off figures provided by the NCRB, on an average, 15 suicides an hour or 371 suicides a day had taken place. When scrutinised further, it reveals 242 male and 129 female suicides a day.

Tamil Nadu tops the list with 16,927 suicides, followed by Maharashtra with 16,112 suicides, West Bengal 3rd and Andhra Pradesh following it with 14,328 suicides. The 28 States together accounted for 1,32,667 cases and the seven Union Territories together for 2,778 suicides. In the administrative division of Lakshadweep, only one person committed suicide. In Delhi UT, it was 1,899. Among the cities of the country, Chennai topped with 2,183 cases.

The rate of suicide at the administrative division of Puducherry was the highest in the country, 36.8 for every 1 lakh persons. With a population close to 15 lakh as per estimated mid-year population, 541 persons committed suicide in Puducherry in 2012. Sikkim follows with a rate of 29.1 per cent and Tamil Nadu 3rd with a rate of 24.9 closely followed by Kerala with 24.3. The national average stands at 11.2.

Family problems accounted for 84 suicides a day on an average. The NCRB figures show that social and economic causes have led most of the men to commit suicides whereas emotional and personal causes have mainly driven women to end their lives. The percentage of suicides by married men was 71.6% and married women 67.9%.

One suicide out of every six suicides was committed by a housewife. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu plus Maharashtra have together accounted for 50.6% of the suicides reported in the country. The highest number of suicide pacts was reported from Rajasthan, 74, followed by Andhra Pradesh (18), Kerala (12), and Gujarat (3), out of 109 such cases reported.

Thirty-seven per cent of the victims took the extreme step by hanging themselves, 29.1 per cent by consuming poison and 8.4 per cent by self-immolation. Last year, 50,062 persons hanged themselves in the country and the majority were men at 34,631. The highest number of such cases was reported from Maharashtra, 7,055 followed by Kerala with 5,629 cases and Tamil Nadu 3rd with 5393 cases.

Nineteen thousand four hundred and forty five persons committed suicide by consuming poison and 12,286 of them were men. Tamil Nadu topped the list with 3,459 cases, followed by Karnataka with 3,173 cases. The number of self-immolation cases was 11,438, the majority being women — 7,326. In this category too, Tamil Nadu topped with 2,349 cases and 1,481 of them were women. Maharashtra followed with 1,674 such cases.

From among the cities, the highest number of self immolation cases was reported from Kanpur (285), followed by Chennai (282). By jumping in front of speeding vehicles, especially trains, 4,259 persons committed suicide and the majority of them were men (3,554). Andhra Pradesh topped this list with 1,101 cases.

As per NCRB statistics, 1,35,585 persons committed suicide in the country in 2011. NCRB statistics from 2002 shows that the annual suicide cases in the country always stood above the 1 lakh mark and the highest number of cases was in 2011. In 2002, it was 1,10,417 cases.

Source: The Hindu