Meet on men’s rights on August 15

BANGALORE: Save Indian Family Foundation (SIFF), a men’s rights organisation, fighting against misuse of dowry laws, domestic violence Act and other anti-male and unconstitutional laws, is organising the third Men’s Rights conference at Yercaud in Tamil Nadu on August 15.

Addressing presspersons here on Monday, Virag, a functionary of SIFF, said over 100 men’s rights activists from across the country representing 15 different NGOs working for men’s rights will participate in the conference to intensify the movement of men’s rights in India.

Various issues concerning men and problems faced by them, including setting up of Welfare Ministry for men and shared parenting, would be discussed at the conference.

Mr. Virag said that conference is called “Sugarless Independence Day”, this year. The activists attending the conference have decided to have sugarless tea/coffee and will not have any sweets on that day.

“Men’s rights activists feel that the road to freedom for men is still under construction and hence they have decided not to observe Independence Day” till their problems are solved by the Government of India.

Chairman of SIFF Pandurang Katti and Shiva Shankar, senior counsellor of SIFF spoke.

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3 thoughts on “Meet on men’s rights on August 15

  1. Another classical example of the gross misuse of Dowry Act (498A) back in India is the case of television celebrity, Suhaib Ilyasi. India’s Most Wanted television host was in controversy after the dispute over his daughter Aaliya’s custody rose soon after Ilyasi’s wife Anju committed suicide on January 10, 2000 in Delhi. While his mother–in-law, Rukma Singh wanted custody of the child on the ground that she had the right under Muslim law, Suhaib Ilyasi had taken the plea that his marriage with Anju was not solemnized as per the Muslim law but had been a civil affair. His sister-in-law Rashmi Singh came from Canada after six months of her sister’s death and filed a complaint with the police against Ilyasi, alleging that he used to torture his wife Anju for dowry.

    The case took bizarre turn when Anju’s brother Prashant Singh and father Prof K P Singh took a diametrically opposite stand and described the allegations against Ilyasi as “rubbish.” Prashant told Express Newsline:`whatever my mother and sister Rashmi are stating against Suhaib Ilyasi is a lot of rubbish. There is no truth in their statement or in the charges filed by the police against Suhaib Ilyasi. If you are holding Suhaib responsible for Anju’s suicide, then my mother and sister are also to blame, as they unduly interfered in their family matters.

    K P Singh, a retired IIT professor, agreed with Prashant. “My wife and daughter are breaking up my family”. Both Anju’s father and brother allege that Rukma and Rashmi have given statements against Suhaib Ilyasi as `they wanted custody of baby Aaliya. When Suhaib Ilyasi delayed that, they put him in trouble.’

    Anju’s mother Rukma Singh had changed her earlier statement given in January, 2000, in which she had stated that she did not suspect any foul play by Suhaib Ilyasi. However when Ilyasi refused to give custody of his daughter, she change her statement and alleged dowry harassment against Ilyasi.

    It has been alleged for long that Dowry Act (498a) in India is being consistently misused by clever women for extortion and blackmailing. The NCRB records suggest that during 2005-2006, 94% of the 498A, 304B cases filed by women or by her relatives were primarily to settle scores.

    Section 498A in itself is, however, not meant to deal specifically with dowry — it is commonly considered to be a ‘dowry law’ because domestic violence against a wife related to dowry demands is considered to be within the scope of ‘cruelty’ envisaged by the Section.

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