NOTA For Men Rights
NOTA For Men Rights
Today more and more cases are coming to light where women are seen misusing their empowered and enhanced social, educational, economic, cultural power and authority and even the legal rights bestowed to them as women for improper ends and are harassing men as well as women who are the near ones. Even its enshrined under Article 14 of our Constitution (Equality before law: The State shall not deny to any person equality before the law or the equal protection of the laws within the territory of India Prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth) provides direction that two persons harassed and solely because of their gender (one a female harassed by a male and another a male harassed by a female) cannot be deferentially treated under the law. These cases are extremely critical and life-changing for the men who have to endure through the excruciating pain of going through the media-trial, society-trial as well as legal trial. Though they may get acquitted in a legal trial, the hardships they had to go through and the societal judgment of them alters the fabric of their life forever. However, the lady making a false complaint is hardly ever prosecuted for the lack of proper provisions and statues and absolutely no redress for men in form of a committee or commission.
There have been numerous cases where a false case of 498a is slapped by “disgruntled” wife, roping in the entire family of the man. Even the Supreme Court has called this “Legal Terrorism” and in Arnesh Kumar vs State of Bihar and Another (Criminal Appeal No. 1277 OF 2014, Special Leave Petition (crim) No.9127 of 2013) SC states as follows-“The fact that Section 498-A is a cognizable and non-bailable offence has lent it a dubious place of pride amongst the provisions that are used as weapons rather than shield by disgruntled wives. The simplest way to harass is to get the husband and his relatives arrested under this provision. In a quite number of cases bed-ridden grand-fathers and grand-mothers of the husbands, their sisters living abroad for decades are arrested.”
In most of the custody cases in India due to patriarchal mindset of our legal luminaries, consider father not capable of nurturing the child. However, due to the changing realities of our times, more and more women are going outside their home to earn a living as do the men. In a nuclear family, a father’s involvement in the care and upbringing cannot be undermined and simply ignoring father while providing custody is increasing the rate of “Father Alienation” in the children of separated parents. In US reported statistics tells that Children from fatherless homes are:
5 times more likely to commit suicide
32 times more likely to run away from home.
20 times more likely to have behavioral disorders
14 times more likely to commit rape.
9 times more likely to drop out of high school.
10 times more likely to abuse chemical substances (become drug addicts)
9 times more likely to end up in a state-operated institution
20 times more likely to end up in prison.
3 million teenage girls have sexually transmitted diseases
At least 1 out of 4 teenagers (between 14years to 19years) suffers from sexually transmitted diseases.
Thus there is a strong need for:
1. Misuse Clause in all Women Centric Laws including 498a, PWDVA, 354, 376 etc.
2. Shared Parenting based on equal rights of both parents
3. Committee or Commission for redress of men’s issues
We have approached all major political parties including Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and their elected and committee members, however none of them have raised their voice for Men and their issues with respect to women. Every political party is aware of the misuse of law by women but due to vote bank politics and pressure groups from women, it seems highly unlikely that they will ever be supporting our cause. Therefore, I Voted for NOTA along with my family and friends, and will continue to do so…
हाथ जिन में हो जुनून कटते नही तलवार से,
सर जो उठ जाते हैं वो झुकते नहीं ललकार से
और भड़केगा जो शोला-सा हमारे दिल में है,
सरफ़रोशी की तमन्ना अब हमारे दिल में है…
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