To sin by silence…

“Listen to whatever your wife says, as otherwise it could land you in trouble. If you do not listen to her, you will suffer the consequences…We are all sufferers…If your wife asks you to put your face that side, put it that side. If she says, put it this side, then put it this side. Otherwise you will face trouble…We are all sufferers.”

Mind you, the above is not a piece of friendly advice given by a harassed husband to a prospective groom or newly married man!

This was the advice given by a pair of hen-pecked Supreme Court judges to a man who spent 17 years fighting false allegations of abuse by his wife, and went from one court to another seeking divorce from his wife.

The bench of judges, through this brief advice, condoned domestic violence against men, false allegations and misuse of laws by wives, and lack of protection to men, all at one go.

Through these off-hand remarks, the judges destroyed a common citizen’s faith in the equanimity of the justice system in one blow.

While apathy towards men and unconditional support to women are evident in the ways of the Government, the law enforcement system, and the judiciary, the Supreme Court judges have clearly articulated the prevailing anti-male attitudes and the miserable situation of an average man in the country.

It is not surprising that the best advice the apex court of India could give to harassed husbands is that slavery in marriage is their best option.

It is nothing unusual that the feminists, who claim to be proponents of gender equality, did not utter a whisper.

It is nothing new to see the media unperturbed by the sexist remarks.

It is no wonder that every year, 56,000 married men commit suicide unable to bear domestic abuse and legal harassment.

What is shocking is that few Indian men are outraged by all of the above, and few men have raised their voices in protest.

Abraham Lincoln, who strived for the emancipation of slaves in the United States once said, “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.”

It is high time Indian men speak up and stand up for their rights.

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Celebrating the defeat of family-breaker, Renuka Chaudhary

All India Forgotten Women (Regd.)

Press Release

Sub: Celebrating the defeat of family-breaker, Renuka Chaudhary.

All India Forgotten Women (Regd.) celebrates the defeat of family-breaker, ex-Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Renuka Chaudhary, in the 2009 Lok Sabha Elections.

Smt. Renuka Chaudhary’s term as Minister of Women and Child Development witnessed the arrest and ruthless incarceration of thousands of innocent men, along with women, senior citizens and children. In the last four years alone, 1,23,439 women have been unfairly arrested under IPC section 498A, without evidence or investigation. Smt. Renuka Chaudhary blatantly denied misuse of IPC Section 498A and turned down all requests, recommendations and demands from various quarters to review the law. It was not until the Minister for Human Resources Development, Arjun Singh, was accused of dowry harassment that Smt. Renuka Chaudhary finally acknowledged the misuse of anti-dowry laws in public. Nevertheless, law-abiding citizens continue to be summarily arrested on false charges of dowry harassment every day.

Smt. Renuka Chaudhary got the infamous Domestic Violence Act passed during her tenure without any debate or discussion on its relevance or pros and cons to the Indian society prior to its enactment. She promoted the DV Act as one of the most progressive legislations passed to empower women in India and to protect them from domestic abuse. In reality, the DV Act is a socially harmful legislation that facilitates violence against men, violates basic human rights of men, women and children, and promotes family destruction.

When questioned on National TV about misuse of women-protection laws, Smt. Renuka Chaudhary blatantly said, “it is men’s turn to suffer”. When Karan Thapar asked her in an interview if she thought that men should first suffer before she considers amendments to check misuse of the law she replied, ““It is not such a bad idea, except that I have such pity for men.” In another instance, she publicly urged women to trust condoms and not their husbands. These are just a few instances which betray Smt. Renuka Chaudhary’s hatred of men.

It is not as if Smt. Renuka Chaudhary’s Ministry has done much good for children either. Child abuse, child labour and malnutrition among children are as rampant as ever. Disregarding recommendations of HRD and Finance Ministries, Smt. Renuka Chaudhary pushed for distributing pre-packaged food instead of freshly cooked hot meals to malnourished children under the Integrated Child Development Scheme. When she was requested to take immediate action on the issue of sexual and physical abuse of several little girls at an orphanage in Ghaziabad, she replied, “We can’t react like Hindi movies and just rush. Inquiries are going on.” Passing the buck on the issue of victims of child labour and physical abuse she said, “The law is there but I can’t do anything in that case. Please ask the labour minister.”

It is a shame that a gender extremist like Smt. Renuka Chaudhary, who has no empathy for the plight of children, was appointed as the Minister of Women and Child Development.

All India Forgotten Women (Regd.) considers the defeat of Smt. Renuka Chaudhary as the beginning of the end of anti-male, anti-family gender extremism in India. AIFW demands that the incoming Government makes the following changes:
·    Ministry of Women’s Welfare should be separated from Ministry of Child Welfare.
·    Responsible, balanced and pro-family women should be appointed to head Ministry of Women’s Development and National Commission for Women.