Translation of Dainik Jagran Editorial on CCMI – The dangers of one-sided mindset

Dated 12th June 2016: An organization by the name of Confidare which works for men was established in 2011. This organization listens to men and provides assistance to them.

Thousands of victimized and distressed men have approached Confidare and its staff for getting help. As of now, it has branches in Delhi-NCR and Karnataka only. Only yesterday Confidare Community for Men concluded a 2-day conference. Conference focused on having quality discussions around men’s mental and physical heath.

As a result of the conference it has come to light that in 2014, 67.7% of those who committed suicides were men. In Karnataka itself, 5000 men ended their lives. These figures are published by National Crime Records Bureau. The main reasons behind the suicides were marital, financial and health related. Pan India, 59000 men ended their lives in 2014. Majority of suicides are caused by above stated reasons. However, there’s no attention given to this problem. Neither is there any discussion about the same nor any protests. It appears as if it is some kind of a joke that so many men are committing suicides. Their deaths do not call for any kind of sympathy or tears.

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IrBM – Husbands Taxed, Wives Relaxed!

We all know and understand what taxation is? Taxes are levied by the Government in lieu of which it provides infrastructure and other facilities to its citizens so that they can make a living for themselves.

It is also the cost of providing law and order system in the country and also for administering the country. Taxation is an understood agreement between the citizens and the Govt. that the citizens would pay the Govt. as per an agreed upon tax code and in return the Govt. would provide with better facilities.

Even the Constitution of India recognizes the right of the Govt. to tax it and the duty of the benevolent citizen of India to be taxed. As per, article 265 of the Constitution which states that, “No tax shall be levied or collected except by the authority of law.”

Also, as per Article 14 of the Indian Constitution, “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”. We shall see the applicability of the above 2 articles soon. Now, let’s take a digression and have a look at what is the Indian Government going to offer us soon.

Now what we are seeing is that a new form of indirect taxation is being levied upon a select citizenry of India. That select citizenry of India is called “The Hindu Husbands”.

Bedazzled? Shocked? Baffled?

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The Beta Uprising

Deccan Herald carried an article titled, “In coping with stress, men could be the weaker sex”; a couple of weeks back, highlighting the abysmally and consistently high suicide rates amongst married men and the need and reasons to look into the same. The article was based on recently released suicide statistics for that year by the Union Home Ministry of India.

Along with opinions from activists working for men’s welfare, some psychologists and police opinion was also sought and in that DCP Sonia Narang from Bangalore echoed her thoughts saying that “Male population is more than female population, hence more suicides must be expected.

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Inauguration of India’s First Men’s Rights Center in Bangalore

Indian marital laws are extremely anti-male in nature. Almost all laws stereotypically assume that all men are aggressors and all women are victims and thus these laws have become havoc for Indian men. Indian men are increasingly becoming innocent victims of the “Legal Terrorism” cast by these laws.

Laws like Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code, the Domestic Violence, Child Custody provisions, etc. are being used heavily against men to convert failed marriages into a crime and penalize innocent men. This not only endangers the male gender but also the social fabric and the family system of India.

Confidare Community Center is the first ever men’s rights center in India aimed towards creating a community based approach towards creating awareness of abuse of men’s rights by the society and lawmakers.

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Open Letter to the Law Commission of India for amendment of Section 498A

To
Dr. Brahm A. Agrawal, Member Secretary
LAW COMMISSION OF INDIA, 2nd Floor, The Indian Law Institute Building
(Opp. to Supreme Court), Bhagwandas Road, New Delhi – 110 001.

Sub: Open Letter to the Law Commission of India about amendment of Section 498A

Respected Sir,

I would like to highlight certain perspectives about Section 498A which are very essential and crucial to be brought forth before we talk about any change in it.

Legal Perspective

Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code is a non-bailable, cognizable and non-compoundable offense introduced in the year 1983. As your paper already contains the definition and explanation of the same from the Government’s point of view, I am not going to elaborate on the same. Rather I am going to highlight the legal aspects of this section which have probably and unfortunately been overlooked by the Government, either during its formulation and/or its implementation.

Section 498A is an inter-gender and intra-gender biased piece of legislation having its own set in-built assumptions and presumptions. It starts with the onset that this law has been enacted to prevent “Cruelties against married women by their husbands and his relatives”. This assumption that only a “young wife” could be subjected to cruelty in marriage and only at the hands of husbands and relatives is a very dangerous one because it puts all husbands and all wives into a meme called “Criminal Men Victim Women Syndrome.Continue reading