Press Invite for kickstarting Domestic Violence Awareness Month

PRESS CONFERENCE

To mark the beginning of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

On 2 October 2009 2:00 p.m. at Basheerbagh Press Club

  • Indian laws against domestic violence presume that the accused is guilty until proven innocent and violate universal principles of fair trial.
  • Every year, over 1 lakh innocent persons (one innocent person every 5 minutes) are arrested under IPC Section 498A including 4,000 innocent senior citizens (one innocent elderly person every 2.5 hours) and 350 children (one child per day) without evidence or investigation.
  • Indian laws against domestic violence blatantly deny protection to men against any form of domestic abuse, and every year, over 56,000 married men commit suicide due to verbal, emotional, economic and physical abuse and legal harassment.
  • In the last four years alone, over 1,23,497 women have been arrested under IPC Section 498A alone, without evidence or investigation, not for committing any crime under law, but only because they were related to a man.
  • Have we gone too far with our “get-tough-on-crime” approach to curbing domestic violence?
  • Have we become irrational in our approach to women’s empowerment and women’s rights?
  • Are fundamental Constitutional rights being set aside?
  • Are we now supporting violation of human rights of innocent men, women and children?

In order to address these questions, and to spread awareness about “The Truth About Domestic Violence and Indian Laws Against Domestic Violence”, we are conducting a MONTH LONG CAMPAIGN in October, in observation of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH.

All members of the print and electronic media are requested to lend their valuable support to our campaign by attending our Press Conference marking the beginning of this campaign on 2 October 2009, 2:00 p.m. at Basheerbagh Press Club.

Organizations in Hyderabad observing Domestic Violence Awareness Month:

Save Indian Family Foundation, All India Forgotten Women, Rishtey, Children’s Rights Initiative for Shared Parenting

Other organizations across India observing Domestic Violence Awareness Month:

Save Family Foundation, Bhavya Foundation, Gender Human Rights Society, Protect Indian Family Foundation, Pati Pariwaar Kalyaan Samiti, Save Indian Family Chattisgarh

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For more info: 9704683163, 9866173468, 9573605415, http://dvawareness-india.blogspot.com

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