“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.