Marriage – the most controversial social institution – has always been at the center-stage of debates. However, of late, since the last decade, a new trend of criminalizing marital disputes has begun. This trend has started victimizing the “Indian Husband” and his family in a big way and has resulted in,
- Skyrocketing expectations from men and nose-diving acceptance levels.
- Ever-increasing suicides by husbands – 6 times the rate they are born.
- Child and elder abuse.
- Erosion of faith over the institution of marriage leading to promulgation of homosexual relationships, pre-marital sex, sexually transmitted diseases, etc.
- Increased juvenile crime.
- Drug abuse.
- Teenage pregnancies (the trend is catching up and no sooner would be a social reality in India).
- Resentment amongst affected, victimized and unheard men and their families towards the police, judiciary, the law and order system, the criminal justice system and the Govt. at large.
- Splurging divorce rates.
Subject: Section 498a must be scrapped by Indian Parliament on April 16th, otherwise Shoaib’s case will create a dangerous precedent.
Shoaib Malik reportedly gave 15 Crores (approx 3 million USD) to Ayesha Siddique for putting an end to their dispute after she files a complaint under section 498a of IPC. So, it is clear that the whole drama was for money and nothing else from the very beginning.
Out of court settlement under threats of jailing under section 498a are unconstitutional misuses of powers given to police. Marital disputes are civil disputes. They have to be solved in a civil court or a family court.
“If marriage disputes are crimes, then marrying in itself is a crime.”
Whether Shoaib’s marriage was valid or not, it was up to family court at Hyderabad to decide. Now, the police have acted as courts; dispensed “justice” by being actors in the dispute, in the settlement process and even created a hostage situation that forced Shoaib to give divorce, without anyone verifying, if his telephone marriage was valid or not in the first place.
Bangalore: The Save Indian Family Foundation, a men’s right organisation fighting against misuse of marital laws and domestic violence act, today voiced its concern over section 498 A (harassment) of IPC being filed against Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik and reiterated its demand for scrapping it.
“Marriage disputes before, during and after marriage are civil disputes and they have to be tried under a civil court. It has become a regular habit for women and their families to invoke section 498A for every petty dispute in marriage”, the organisation said in a release here.
“It is dangerous if every marriage or relationship dispute is considered a crime by the Government and it sends police to interrogate, counsel or settle these marital disputes. What crime did Shoaib Malik commit that he is victimised in this way?” SIFF activists asked.
Subject: SIFF demands scrapping of Section 498a, even as Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik gets implicated in it.
Save Indian Family Foundation, a men’s rights organization, creating awareness about the “Legal Terrorism” spread by misuse of marital laws like Section 498A, Domestic Violence Act, etc. voices its strong concerns in the matter of a case under Section 498A being filed against Pakistani Cricketer Shoaib Malik.
Marriage disputes before, during and after marriage are civil disputes and they have to be tried under a civil court. It has become a regular habit for women and their families to invoke section 498a for every petty dispute in marriage.
It is dangerous if every marriage or relationship dispute is considered a crime by the Government and it sends police to interrogate, counsel or settle these marital disputes. “What crime did Shoaib Malik commit that he is victimized in this way?” ask SIFF activists.