MEMORANDUM – International Women’s Day 2009

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International Women’s Day 2009

MEMORANDUM

All India Forgotten Women (Regd.) & Mothers and Sisters Initiative (Regd.)

Subject: End gender-discrimination, legal terrorism and human rights violations in the name of women’s empowerment

In the year 1910, Clara Zetkin, a German women’s rights advocate, proposed that “every year, in every country, there should be a celebration on the same day – a Women’s Day – to press for their demands”.

This year, in order to press for our demands that have been ignored and brushed aside by mainstream women’s organizations, lawmakers and our elected representatives, we, the members of All India Forgotten Women (AIFW) and Mothers and Sisters Initiative (MASI), are organizing a Dharna on the occasion of International Women’s Day, 8 March 2009, in front of the office of the National Commission for Women between 10:00 am and 1:30 pm.

The recent Mangalore pub incident has evoked a unanimous response from members of all political parties and elected representatives who stated that “assaulting women is against our culture”. While such a unanimous stand across party lines is admirable, we fail to understand why only an attack on a pub has prompted our leaders to respond so strongly on assaults against women. We also wonder why only women? Is it in line with our culture to assault men, children and the elderly?

In the last four years, 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. Noted women’s rights activist Madhu Kishwar acknowledged that IPC Section 498A is heavily misused, and that a significant proportion of individuals who approach “Manushi” these days are mothers-in-law and husbands who are falsely accused of marital cruelty and dowry harassment. Renowned IPS officer Kiran Bedi admitted that many poor and illiterate mothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, who are falsely charged under anti-dowry laws, are languishing in prison every year.

    Is it in line with India’s culture to penalize innocent women under false cases?

Every year, close to 4,000 innocent senior citizens are arrested (i.e. one innocent elderly person every 2.5 hours) under IPC Section 498A. Many retired elders have been ill-treated, thrown out of their own homes and deprived of their meagre means of sustenance by greedy or vengeful daughters-in-law. Senior citizens are further harassed through false cases of domestic abuse and dowry harassment and denied mental peace during the last leg of their lives. More and more elderly parents are unable to depend on their sons for the fear of false dowry harassment cases by resentful daughters-in-law. The World Health Organization, in its report on India cited IPC Section 498A as one of the major reasons for the “Increasing Abuse of the Elderly in India”.

    Is it in line with India’s culture to abuse the elderly?

Recent data from the National Crime Records Bureau indicates that nearly twice as many married men, compared to married women, commit suicide every year, unable to withstand verbal, emotional, economic and physical abuse and legal harassment. While every death of a young married woman is converted into a case of dowry death, leading to immediate arrest of the husband and in-laws, large-scale suicides of men are completely ignored by the Government. No Ministry has been set up to support our sons and brothers. No laws have been passed to protect them from abuse.

    Is it in line with India’s culture to cause incurable heartache to mothers and sisters by sacrificing their sons and brothers to domestic abuse and legal terrorism?

The Government allows disparaging of the Indian family as oppressive and Indian men as abusive, and portrayal of the streets as far safer for women than their own homes.  Having failed to provide the security promised to women outside the home, the Government gives in to the pressures of radical women leaders and passes draconian, irrational laws that cause more harm than good to citizens. Notwithstanding the fact that men and women are equally vulnerable to violence committed by members of either sex, the Government is sending out false messages that crime against women is gender-driven, thus, pitting women against men in the society.

    Is it in line with India’s culture to ruin interpersonal relationships between men and women by inciting a gender war?

The Indian Government introduced the Domestic Violence (DV) Act which allows a daughter-in-law to evict her mother-in-law out of her own property and render her homeless. Through this Act, the Government empowers a wife to violate marital norms with impunity and also claim residence and maintenance rights in spite of being unfaithful to the husband. Through this Act, the Government also grants live-in partners and concubines the same legal status as a legally wedded wife. Consequently, the protections and privileges, granted to a live-in-partner or concubine through the DV Act violate the rights of a legally wedded wife and dependent female members of a man’s family.

    Is it in line with India’s culture to empower morally bankrupt women at the expense of responsible, family-loving women?

Through its anti-male Family Law and the DV Act, the Government allows children to be mercilessly torn away from fathers in cases of marital separation or divorce. Through the DV Act, the Government allows for the passing of ex-parte orders to take away the custody of a child from the father without a just and fair enquiry into the suitability of guardianship by either or both parents. The DV Act includes provisions for the passing of restraining orders that eliminate all contact between a father and child, only based on the self-serving statements of a vindictive wife. The Government is thus violating a child’s right to the love and affection of both parents.

    Is it in line with India’s culture to destroy family harmony and create a fatherless society?

The Government has been focusing on more and more rights and privileges, disregarding how many existing rights, opportunities and privileges are poorly utilized and even quite often misused by women.  It is granting rights and privileges to women without prescribing any concomitant duties or responsibilities towards the family and society. It is granting rights and privileges to women by assaulting children, men and even fellow women.

Consequently, today, there are more women who are separated or divorced. There are more women indulging in illicit relationships. There are more unwanted pregnancies. There are more women raising fatherless children. There are more literate but uneducated and morally bankrupt women, who are living parasitic lives by siphoning money away from an estranged husband or partner. There are more women who abuse laws to destroy families and the society, as they themselves self-destruct.

    Is it in line with India’s culture to protect the interests of unscrupulous women, while the rest of the society pays the price?

We, the members of All India Forgotten Women (AIFW) and Mothers and Sisters Initiative (MASI), are working towards promoting family harmony and true gender equality, with the goals of maintaining social stability and nurturing responsible citizens in the country. We strongly condemn all the above-mentioned assaults on the human rights and constitutional rights of men, women, children, senior citizens and families.

On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2009, we make the following demands to the Government of India:
•    We demand immediate implementation of CrPC Amendments 2008 to protect us and our dear ones from legal terrorism and human rights violations.
•    We demand equal protection to men and women under law.
•    We demand laws and policies that promote family harmony.
•    We demand severe penalty for anyone misusing legal provisions to settle personal scores.
•    We demand that balanced, responsible, family-loving women are given charge of the Ministry of Women and Child Development and the National Commission for Women.
•    We demand a Ministry for Men to cater to the needs and welfare of our brothers and sons.

We request you to take our concerns into serious consideration and concede to our demands which are very much in line with the humane culture of India. We urge you to strongly oppose any form of assault on any citizen of India irrespective of their gender, language, religion, caste or class.

Sincerely,

All India Forgotten Women (Regd.). Plot # 171, Kalyan Nagar – III, Hyderabad – 500018.       Ph: 9704683163.

Mothers and Sisters Initiative (Regd.). C-5/8, Mangala Apt. 53, I.P. Extension, Delhi – 110092. Ph: 9810452017.

Copy to:

Her Excellency. Smt. Pratibha Patil, President of India
Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India
Shri. Hansraj Bharadwaj, Ministry of Law & Justice
Shri. P Chidambaram, Ministry of Home Affairs
Member Secretary, Law Commission of India
Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson of UPA
Shri. L. K. Adavani, Leader of Opposition in Parliament
Smt. Renuka Chaudhary, Ministry of Women and Child Development
Kum. Girija Vyas, Chairperson of the National Commission for Women

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  1. A Tribute to Women – The Architects of Life

    International Women’s Day – Commemorating;

    Celebrating with Pride; Women, the Pride of the World

    It is a great privilege and honor to express these few words of admiration and appreciation in honor of Women; the Pride of our Lives

    Architects with Pride

    Women are indeed the proud architects of Life

    Guidance

    Women provide immense guidance along every structure of life

    Foundations

    Women construct foundations that encompass virtues of the highest goodness for one and all meaningfully

    Envisage; Vision; Wisdom

    Women envisage their expectations manifesting with a vision of wisdom as only women can

    Family; Passions

    Women empower their Families; enabling them to re discover their passions in life meaningfully

    Instrumental; Steps

    Women perceive impediments as stepping stones to potential accomplishments

    Hallmarks

    Women sketch the hallmarks of time with heart prints of love that only women can

    Women; Mothers

    Women as Mothers are the epitome of divinity

    Teacher; Imparting Values Based Principles Teachings

    Women are amongst the the wisest of teachers

    Legends; Centuries

    Women are amongst the very greatest of legends since time immemorial

    Intuitive – Insightful

    Women are intuitive and insightful; articulating their notions intuitively

    Eminent Reminder

    Women thoughtfully remind us that the Soul characterizes the essence of life

    Admiration

    Women compliment each and every day of life, by defining the virtue of admiration eloquently; only as women can

    Affection; Love & Respect

    Women spend their lifetime showering immense affection to each and every aspect of life; only as women can

    Appreciation

    Women teach us to immensely appreciate and recognize of the phenomenal treasures of versatile abilities that we have been endowed with and to utilize these meaningfully

    Beauty; Heart Perceiving

    Women teach us to understand and recognize that the true beauty of life is not relating to the physical appearance; but to the beauty of the Heart

    Compassion

    Women enable us to perceive the purity of our hearts filled with compassion; to recognize the gentleness; the compassionate nature that dwells within

    Consideration

    Women teach us that consideration and thoughtfulness for others around us creates an incredible difference and impact in our lives as well

    Creativity

    Women encourage us to become more creative and explore our greater potentialities meaningfully whilst managing the certainties that dwell alongside

    Courage

    Women truly bring out the moral courage that resides within us magnificently

    Determination

    Women with their resilient attitude and determination show us that the endurance; the strength within us is inspired with an indomitable willpower

    Encouragement; Meaningful Balance

    Women encourage us to soar to reach the altitudes of meaningful objectives and accomplishments, whilst reminding us to simultaneously maintain our attention on the ascent to the pinnacle precariously; as well as ensuring our optimal balance is carefully maintained-sustained diligently

    Faith

    Women teach us to believe in our true selves with the purpose of accomplishing greater good for others and ourselves as well

    Gratitude

    Women teach us that gratitude is essentially a sign of nobility; the more grateful we are; the more meaningful we are; the more purposeful we are and the more responsible we are while gratefully acknowledging all that we have humbly; we are further equipped with more resourcefulness accordingly

    Happiness

    Women bring tremendous happiness to their families with their graceful and loving attitude always

    Hope

    Women inspire us to have hope; to trust and recognize its uniqueness

    Inspiration

    Women inspire us with their caring touch in every aspect of family upbringing; family evolution; nurturing each life preciously and adding meaningfulness to every aspect as only women can do

    Intelligence

    Women are intelligent and demonstrate their proficiency in being able to grasp and understand various aspects of life more meaningfully

    Motivation

    Women motivate us to recognize the value of each moment for what it signifies and to ensure that it is wisely invested in with a meaningful approach always

    Noble

    Women are noble and bring about remarkable changes in the World at every instance by truly winning the admiration and hearts of People always; Whenever any reference is attributed to Women, it is extended with the very highest Pride; Honor and Nobility

    Passion

    Women evoke us to instill a passion for appreciation of the very finest in life always and making us believe that we have what it takes to accomplish meaningful objectives

    Peace

    Women teach us that the theory of peaceful co existence; non violence in all forms of thoughts; speeches and actions is among the very most vital and essential ingredient of each an every aspect of life

    Purposeful

    Women are purposeful and thoughtfully express their perspective with a meaningful approach regarding various aspects of life

    Virtues

    Women are gifted with so many more wonderful and the very most finest virtues that they are always enriching each and every aspect of life meaningfully

    To give an example

    When we perceive the attitude; the compassion; the love and care; the gracefulness of Mothers; we are humbly appreciative; grateful; very most thankful and always Respectfully acknowledging the greatness of Mothers; Truly Mothers are the greatest gift of God

    Teach

    Mothers always teach us to appreciate what we have in life; to recognize the value of each and every aspect in life; to be appreciative; to be grateful; to be thankful and to meaningfully; purposefully and responsibly utilize each and every moment in life meticulously and very preciously

    Mothers teach us that

    Mothers teach us that grandeur; the beauty of life cannot be touched or experienced with our vision alone; it is the perception with our truly awakened heart; intellect; mind and soul that we are able to perceive the wonderfulness of this Universe and its magnificence

    Mothers also teach us that

    Mothers also teach us to have hope; courage and a vision; that when one avenue of happiness is bereft with impediments; there are always another avenues of meaningful happiness that are there in life provided of course that we take the meaningful; purposeful and responsible initiatives intelligently and spontaneously; while ensuring that no permission is given to any avenues that might be deviating from ethical practices; practicing and observance of a conventional protocol of good and responsible conduct and character always

    Tribute to our Mothers

    As a token of appreciation for the immense and very most valuable efforts that our Mothers take for us; we should always strive to accomplish and excel in our respective endeavors; taking care of our duties; our agendas; our assignments; our objectives; meaningfully; purposefully and responsibly always

    Summarization

    The above was a very brief admirable prelude since the greatness of Women could not be expressed in these few words alone

    History; Women are Truly the Pride of our Lives

    History is testament to the evidential factor that will always proudly express that Women are truly the Pride of our Lives always; and it is a privilege to acknowledge this with appreciation; utmost thanks and gratefulness

    Appreciative

    May One and All be Appreciative; Grateful and Thankful

    Happiness

    May Happiness be showered on One and All; May One and All be Healthy;

    Love

    May One and All be Loved & Respected; May One and All have Well-being

    Mutual

    May One and All realize that their Happiness is linked to others Happiness;

    World

    May One and All recognize that when the World is Happy, they are Happier;

    Meaning

    May One and All discover the true meaning of Life is that Life is Precious

    Resourceful

    May One and All be Resourceful & Talented; May One and All Achieve and Excel;

    Considerate

    May One and All be Considerate; Creative; Meaningful; Purposeful and Responsible;

    Nature

    May One and All Love Nature; The Environment & Humanity;

    Respect

    May One and All Respect One Another; May One and All Inspire One Another;

    Meaningful

    May One and All realize that they each have a very meaningful and special purpose in Life;

    Gems

    May One and All believe that they are the precious Gems of this Universe;

    Life

    May One and All realize that Life is Beautiful; Precious, Meaningful and Purposeful;

    Symbol

    May One and All be a Symbol of Gods Loving Love and Light; Radiating Joy for others;

    Happiness

    May One and All be Blessed with a Vision of Happiness, Prosperity, Progress and Wisdom always

    Gratitude; Many Thanks

    Thank you for your attention and good wishes; God Bless

    Universal Appreciation; Happiness; Gratitude & Wisdom May

    Universal Appreciation; Happiness; Consideration; Compassion; Respect; Peace; Love; Cooperation; Inspiration; Gratitude; Economic Development, Stability; Prosperity, Progress & Wisdom prevail always

    Love & Light;

    God Bless,

    Vashi

    ©2009 Vashi Ram Chandi

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