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Men's rights activists demand reforms in family laws
Seeking reforms in family laws, a group of men's rights activists from across the country gathered at Jantar Mantar here and staged a sit-in on Tuesday.
 
The protesters later submitted a charter of demands to the Bhartiya Janata Party's national president Amit Shah.
 
"Our demand is basically against Section 498-A of the IPC (Indian Penal Code) and also against the move of the government to make the offence under it compoundable," rights activists Swarup Sarkar told IANS.
 
He said making the law compoundable will not serve any purpose.
 
Sarkar is the founder of the Delhi chapter of NGO Save Family Foundation, which organised the protest in association with Bangalore-based Child Rights Initiative for Shared Parenting (CRISP) that is fighting for shared parenting in case of divorce.
 
He said Section 498-A must be scrapped as it has been the most misused law in the country.
 
The Supreme Court in December last said false complaints under Section 498-A against innocent in-laws alleging cruelty and harassment were on the rise.
 
"For no fault, the in-laws, especially old parents of the husband, are taken to jail the moment a false complaint is filed against them by a woman under Section 498-A. By roping in in-laws without a reason and for settling a score with the husband, the false and exaggerated 498-A complaints are causing havoc to marriages," observed a bench of Chief Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice A.K. Sikri.
 
"While the Justice Malimath Committee (or Committee on Reforms of the Criminal Justice System) and the Committee on Petitions of Rajya Sabha have recommended that offence under Section 498-A be made bailable, the government seems to be working on making it compoundable," CRISP president Kumar V. Jahgirdar told IANS over phone from Bangalore.
 
Even now many men are getting arrested in matrimonial disputes on flimsy grounds.
 
"We are also demanding making of the Domestic Violence Act gender-neutral so that the harassed husbands could also file complaints against the abusive wives," he said.
 
The constitution, said Jahgirdar, guarantees equality in gender. "Surprisingly, no one believes that the men are also victims of domestic violence. Every year hundreds of married men are committing suicide due to family tensions."
 
He said the activists, after taking signatures against the biased law, submitted a memorandum to BJP president Shah in Delhi.
 
CRISP's activists, comprising families of the affected men, from its regional chapters in Chandigarh, Shimla, Delhi and Lucknow participated in the protest.
 
Social activist Santhoshkumar Potdar from Thelasangha village of Belgaum in Karnataka, who is fighting against misuse of law by women and reached the national capital by covering more than 2,500 km on foot from his hometown, demanded setting up a national commission for men and a separate ministry for the welfare of men.
 

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Gaurav Satle

2 years ago

Laws ike IPC 498a, 376, Domestic Violence Act are gravely misused by women simply to extract more money out of husbands/boyfriends by the way of harrassment and blackmailing. Years of pending litigation, oppurtunists lawyers, rising corruption amongst govt officials and the mindset of the society that men are criminals by default and not see offences by women as crimes makes hell of lives of men. See that stats of suicides in men due to relationship disputes. Its on rise and increasing manifold every year.
Supreme Court of India and various committees have recognised these and have recommended the government to change or abolish such lopsided laws and make laws gender neutral. But its pleas have fell on deaf years as the government is more interested in votebank politics. Media rides on noises of women safety for business reasons. Innocent men have been alone in their struggle and remain isolated from the society. This is not a healthy symptom of a prospering nation.
Its time we bring in a positive change.

A Year in Power: BJP plans to counter opposition onslaught
Modi too is expected to visit his adopted village, Jayapur, in his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, possibly on May 26
 
In a move to counter opposition parties' attack against the Modi government, the Bharatiya Janata Party is planning a major outreach programme involving its ministers and members of parliament.
 
According to party insiders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed all his ministers and BJP parliamentarians to visit their Lok Sabha constituencies and adopted villages, soon after the budget session of parliament ends on May 8. The National Democratic Alliance government completes its first year in office on May 26.
 
BJP's South Delhi MP Ramesh Bidhri told IANS: "We have been asked to visit our constituencies after the budget session. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has been spreading misinformation against the government and we will aim to counter this."
 
He said each MP will go to his or her constituency and apprise the people of the pro-poor steps taken by the government. "A Jan Sampark Abhiyan - a campaign to contact people - will be carried out to inform the people as to how misleading Rahul Gandhi's propoganda has been," he said.
 
The ministers have also been asked to spend at least one day between May 12 and 30 in the village each has adopted under the government's Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna (SAGY), a party official who did not want to be identified told IANS.
 
Modi too is expected to visit his adopted village, Jayapur, in his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, possibly on May 26.
 
This would be his second visit to the village as prime minister, party sources said.
 
The decision to start this campaign has been taken following the opposition's attack on the government, and its bid to paint the government as anti-poor and pro-corporate, the source said.
 
Rahul Gandhi, who has struck an aggressive stance after returning from a two-month long sabbatical, has apparently been able to make a dent in the image of the Modi government, calling it a "suit-boot sarkar", feel some party insiders.
 
During the stay in their constituencies or adopted villages, BJP MPs and ministers have been asked to talk about all the programmes that have been launched by the Modi government to help the poor.
 
Added to this will be the three social security schemes that Modi is scheduled to launch on May 9 in Kolkata. These include Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojna, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojna and Atal Pension Yojna.
 

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B. Yerram Raju

2 years ago

A man in hurry is bound to falter. Why do i say this? The target setting for any scheme - e.g., PMJDY where over 10mn accounts are opened or the Bima Yojana schemes proposed to be launched again with the assistance of bank schemes where Bankassurance failed - typically end up with large numbers of accounts riddled with inefficient execution and lack of supervision. If something can be achieved in a jiffy why did financial inclusion not succeed for the last 9 years? Specific well articulated, well implemented and well monitored strategies are the need of the hour. Publicity oriented goals proved earlier a disaster for carrying social benefits to the intended and would continue to be so in future.

India loses $9.8 billion every year due to disasters
India suffers losses of $9.8 billion every year owing to multi-hazard disasters as 58.6 percent of its land is prone to earthquakes and 8.5 percent vulnerable to cyclone, as per a UN estimate.
 
The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction's (UNISDR) Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) 2015, a risk profile of India, estimates that average annual loss (AAL) from multi-hazard disasters in India is to the tune of $9.8 billion per year.
 
According to a home ministry report citing the urban development ministry-sponsored Vulnerability Atlas of India, the country is vulnerable to various types of disasters - 58.6 percent of its land is prone to earthquakes, 8.5 percent is vulnerable to cyclone and 5 percent vulnerable to floods.

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