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On Independence Day, ‘harassed husbands’ to demand ‘freedom’


A ‘progressive’ and ‘free’ India has decided that men are evil – especially husbands. Discriminatory laws lay the burden of proof on husbands and their families, including women, on the basis of a wife’s complaint..

Times of India was not far behind

Times of India was not far behind

All the four groups are working for equal rights for men and women in India. We feel that in many instances, the Indian law is biased when it comes to husbands, as it often favours the wives. Be it in the case of custody of children for divorced couples or false allegations of domestic violence and dowry harassment, the law generally takes the side of women, without listening to the side of men,” said Kumar.

“However, we would like to clarify one thing. We’re no women haters. This is about equal rights of both men and women,” said Kumar Jahgirdar, founder of CRISP.

In order to prove that harassment of husbands was prevalent, Kumar cited the latest report of SIFF on suicide rate of men across India.

“Around 1.2 lakh (120,000) harassed husbands in India have committed suicide in last four years,” SIFF’s president claimed. (via On Independence Day, ‘harassed husbands’ to demand ‘freedom’).

Can a judicial gavel breaking down shackles  |  Image source & courtesy - znn.india.com dated August 16, 2009

Can a judicial gavel breaking down shackles | Image source & courtesy – znn.india.com dated August 16, 2009

A ‘progressive’ and ‘free’ India has decided that men are evil – especially husbands. It has enacted discriminatory laws, which lay the burden of proof on husbands and their families, including women, on the basis of a wife’s complaint.

Considering the disproportionate amount of NGO activism on this law, it raises questions about the motives and funding of these NGOs. In case you have not already guessed, the biggest source of funding for these NGOs is the West.

Mid-day fatuous coverage

Mid-day’s fatuous coverage

The Odious Section 498

Possibly the best ‘example’ of post-colonial legal thinking is the Section 498. A retributive, revengeful law (patterned on Western legal models) is now undermining the very structure of Indian society – marriage. Section 498 has has taken away marriages from the social domain into the legal sphere.

From being contributory, accommodating, religious and life long, Indian marriage system is becoming extractive, adversarial, contractual, legal and short term. Some in the West do see the value in the Indian system – but India seems to think that West is a way out!

Another Mid-Day attempt

Another Mid-Day attempt

On September 5th, 2008, the Times Of India reported that the Indian Government may review the section 498 law. The report talked about how

“For long, voices raised against the anti-dowry act were dismissed as those belonging to men desperately trying to retain their dominance over women. But now, an increasing number of women complaining against misuse of the act has forced the women and child development (WCD) ministry to initiate a review of the controversial legislation.

The government’s turnaround comes after an increasing number of complaints came from women themselves — mothers-in-law and sisters-in-law who ironically have fallen victim to the misuse of the two laws.

The statistics are telling. Raksha, an NGO working on marital harmony and child welfare, has analysed figures by the National Crime Records Bureau to deduce that 1.2 lakh women have been falsely implicated under 498A.

‘‘Every 21 minutes, an innocent woman is being arrested. While the number of arrests under 498A are increasing every year, what is not being considered is that the conviction rate in these cases is barely 2%,’’ Anupama Singh, Raksha spokesperson said.

Another on-cartoon from Mid-Day

Another ‘cartoon’ from Mid-Day

Media and academia

The media looks at these ‘battered’ husbands in a amused manner – as the recent media coverage of the Shimla conclave demonstrated. The only newspaper which toned this matter objectively was the Deccan Herald of Bangalore. Most newspapers had amateur cartoonists trying to raise a laugh – some of which are linked to this post.

Of course the English language media raises no questions about the agenda of these NGOs, the sources and their activities.

Makes one think!


  1. Galeo Rhinus
    August 18, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Another wonderful post.

    The “progressivists” job is to get the women in society to metaphorically castrate the men. They have succeeded tremendously in S. Korea and in Japan and other wealthier eastern nations.

    The job has been much harder in India – because most Indian women do not view themselves as victims. It had to be a 3 step process.

    1. Create a narrative that blames “society” for its misery.
    2. Then create laws to drive a gender wedge and isolate “female” suffering as a separate item.
    3. Convince the women that the men are responsible for their misery.

    Despite 60 years of this “liberal-progressivists” attempts – Indian women have shown a remarkable resistance to fall for the trap… not all the urbanized English educated women however – who have swallowed this bait – hook, line and sinker.

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