Indian men do not have any right to voice their concern regarding violenece done by his wife, girl-friend including family. A simple complaint by woman can lodge him in jail. Everyone would side by the woman in such case and man is considered guilty. Taking into consideration this shortfall in Indian Penal code of basic human right of men and protection a new law named ‘Saving Men from Intimate Terror Act’ SMITA is on the anvil. Information is being sought on What all provisions should be included in such a law throughout the country. This bill is supposed to be tabled in the Parliament this winter session and debate would be held in the Rajyasabha as given to understand from the Standing Committee of the Parliament.
To prepare a draft bill, assistance of two NGO’s working on international level in the fields of social, legislative issues, Marriage, civil protection, prevention of violence have been sought. “Indian Social Awareness and Activism Forum” (INSAAF) is an international organisation specializing in breaking silence over key and burning issues and CONFIDARE Research have been entrusted to engage in discussions with experts at national level and present a draft bill. With the lead from Rajesh Vakharia of Nagpur chapter of Save Indian Family Foundation and Atit Rajpara of Men’s Rights Association, Pune, this law will soon be seeing dawn.
If this law is passed, then all the males in this country will get freedom from Domestic Violence and harassment from wives and girlfriends, harassment from parents etc.
There were shocking results from research conducted by INSAAF on the gender-biased laws in favour of women. INSAAF had provided several examples during presentation of the study results last month before the standing Committee. In that lot many of times to teach lesson to the husband and his family they are unnecessary entangled in Dowry Prohibition Act, Domestic Violence act and physical harassment. INSAAF has also shown evidence to the H’ble members of the Parliament that even if the men are innocent, a whole family is destroyed due to false allegations. Hence INSAAF was entrusted to draft the bill. Accordingly INSAAF is taking this key initiative to draft the bill. Rajesh Vakharia of Save Indian Family Foundation said that this bill is likely to be presented before the Standing committee of Rajyasabha prior to the winter session of the parliament.
Helplines for INSAAF= 98909 74788, 98237 88013
Recommendations by INSAAF in the SMITA bill
- Setup of Commission for men at par with women commission
- setup of Men’s welfare ministry
- Legal protection for men
- Same rights and Similar justice in all existing laws during hearing