Paid Media Menace – UP and Rapes

Ever since the Samajwadi Party declared its election manifesto promising to work on reducing false cases in dowry and rape laws if voted to power, I was waiting to see what price does the SP Supremo, MSY must pay for his dare to speak truth.

My wait ended sooner than expected as one fine day I was having breakfast and was reading “The Hindu” which had front page news of “2 minors found hanging” and as I read into the contents, it said, the bodies were “indicative of rape”. Till date I am wrestling with the grey matter in my brains as to what would mean “indicative of rape”. Either rape has happened or it has not happened. Either, there has been a forceful penetration or there’s none. And this can only be established through autopsy and medical report.

Now, since the autopsy is not yet done and the medical report is not available, I was wondering how come media people came to the conclusion that it was indicative of rape? The rape news spread faster and before one could realize there was a storm on the political front and the social media blaming UP’s law and order situation.

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PRESS RELEASE: Aamir Khan is maligning Men by telling lies and half-truths in Ardha-Satyameva Jayate

Subject: Aamir Khan is maligning Men by telling lies and half-truths in Ardha-Satyameva Jayate.

Recently, it has been reported that actor Aamir Khan has approached Mumbai police with complaints about some malicious propaganda against him. This is least expected out of a person, who stereotypes and paints large sections of Indian men as evil on his show Satyameva Jayate. He claimed 50% of men are beating up 50% of women in the episode on domestic violence (in last season), which is far from any truth.

The title of Aamir Khan’s program Satyameva Jayate has to be changed to Ardha-Satyameva Jayate (Half Truths only Triumph) as it is all about manipulation and fake tears.

Actor Aamir Khan is doing business around truth while manipulating data, figures, statistics and telling half truths. This is not Satyameva Jayate at all. Watching such a program actually distorts one’s perceptions, when it is sold to the audience claiming it to be the truth.

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Indian Legal System Puts Men in a Fix

The legal system in India resembles many other common law systems based on legislation, historical customs and precedents set-forth by prior courts.  The country’s Constitution provides the final word on India law and governing, which is administered by a court system broken into various “levels”

India’s courts are historically inefficient, with significant backlogs present within most levels of the legal system.  As a result of extended backlogs, public sentiment toward India’s court system is low, with some calling for formal reform.  To detractors, the right to justice stands as a fundamental principle, so they believe the burden is upon the state to deal with the slow-to-justice issue, by providing infrastructure adequate to handle the flow of the judiciary.  It is currently estimated that there are approximately 14 judges employed for each million citizens in India.

The courts are also notoriously corrupt, with noted cases of bribery, influence peddling and other indiscretions on record.  So where does these leave Indian citizens accused of crimes?  The answer is a mixed bag, depending on the type of crime suspected, and the sex of the alleged offender.

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Relationship with Women: The Double Edged Sword for Men

Relaxing on a fine evening after finishing the day’s business, I got a message on my mobile, “Sunanda Pushkar is no more….” from a friend. I thought he is kidding and asked him to complete the sentence, only to realize, I wasn’t updated on the latest news. Checking the news, I found it to be true – “Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Union Minister, Shashi Tharoor was no more”.

Before I could realize, there was an online storm on twitter and facebook demanding arrest of Shashi Tharoor and also that, a case under section 304 B, be booked against him. Ironically, this demand was coming from none other than the men’s rights activists. And a close scrutiny of the posts clearly revealed that it was a sarcastic take on the double standards and hypocrisy of the society that is generally after the man when a relationship breakdown happens or the woman (wife/live-in partner/girlfriend) in the relationship dies.

However, contrary to other cases, what we witnessed was a complete violation of law and the general practice. Instead of arresting Tharoor directly, the media and the Govt. wanted to investigate the case first (unlike other cases) and that too, on a letter from Shashi Tharoor to Sushil Kumar Shinde, the Honorable Union Home Minister of India.

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Is the “Jamai” really a “Raja”?

India is a multicultural and multi-lingual country and in many cultures in India, which are predominantly Hindu, the son-in-law is addressed as “Jamai” and is often called as “Jamai Raja” which when translated means that the son-in-law is a king.

In fact, many years ago, a Bollywood movie was also released named as “Jamai Raja”. This article is inspired by that movie. The crux of the story of the movie is the constant struggle between the son-in-law (the hero of the movie) and his mother-in-law (the villain of the movie) which appears to be a very commonplace theme.

However, in this movie, the mother-in-law is a very vicious, greedy, manipulative, egoistic and arrogant woman who constantly tries to not only harm her son-in-law, who is a poor honest person with firm values, but also tries her level best to break the marriage of her daughter by demonizing the son-in-law and makes several attempts to trap him in false cases and also makes an attempt on his life.

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Men’s Rights Activists urge MPs to oppose Marriage Law Amendment Bill

Mens Rights Activists urge MPs to oppose Marriage Law Amendment Bill

PRESS RELEASE: Men’s Rights Activists refuse to vote for MPs who will support Marriage Law (Amendment) Bill, 2010

Date: 6th August 2013

PRESS RELEASE

Sub: Men’s Rights Activists refuse to vote for MPs who will support Marriage Law (Amendment) Bill, 2010

Men’s Rights Activists all over India, under the auspices of the Men’s Right Association (MRA) Pune have made a clarion call to the society against the Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2010.

Terming the bill as extremely anti-male, anti-husband and anti-marriage that seeks to incentivize divorce, men’s rights activists have come out in large numbers against the bill which is supposed to be debated in the current ongoing monsoon session of the parliament.

Activists belonging to the Men’s Rights Association, Pune have highlighted the dangers of passing the bill,

  1. Men will stop marrying after this bill is passed.
  2. Men will stop investing in real estate after this bill is passed.
  3. This law, if passed, shall promote family breaking and divorces.
  4. This law, if passed, will lead to the formation of a fatherless society in India.
  5. Marriages will be converted into property transfer bureau.
  6. Women will marry only for property and shall break short marriages eying property of their soon to be ex-husbands.
  7. This may also lead to promulgation of crime in the society as property is a sensitive issue and if men are forced to part with their hard-earned property merely because their marriage did not work, the social consequences of such a badly designed law can be potentially dangerous.
  8. This law, if passed, will also contribute to the growing tendency of gynophobia (fear of women) in the society.
  9. This law, if passed, shall contribute to the growing number of suicides by married men. Currently every year 64000+ married men commit suicide.
  10. This law, if passed, will leave men bankrupt after divorce as they would lose their property and also face additional extortion under false 498A (Dowry) case, false domestic violence case, false maintenance case.

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