Press Release – In support of Jail Bharo

PRESS RELEASE

ALL INDIA FORGOTTEN WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION (AIFWA)

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ALL INDIA MEN’S WELFARE ASSOCIATION (AIMWA)

28 June 2010

All India Forgotten Women’s Association and All India Men’s Welfare Association, hereby, announce their support to Mr. Ravindra Gangurde’s “Jail Bharo Andolan” as a sign of protest against arbitrary arrests of ordinary law-abiding citizens under IPC Sections 498A, 304B, Dowry Prohibition Act and related laws. We submitted a letter today to the Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad to request for permission to stage a peaceful demonstration.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:

  • Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
  • No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
  • Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
  • No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

In blatant violation of all the above rights, thousands of husbands and their families are arbitrarily arrested every year, without evidence or investigation, under IPC Sections 498A, 304B, Dowry Prohibition Act, and related wife-centric laws which presume that the accused are “guilty until proven innocent”.

India’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has noted the misuse of dowry laws, arrest of innocent individuals and the resultant overcrowding of prisons. NHRC has urged the judiciary and law enforcement agencies to take measures against these abuses. High Courts across the country and the Supreme Court have condemned the misuse of dowry laws. The Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad issued standing instructions through a memo vide No.L&O/M6/1315/2002 to check arbitrary arrests. The AP Police Dept. has even launched a web page entitled “Abuse of 498A” on the Dept. website.

Nevertheless, abuse of police powers continues and unnecessary arrests have only been growing in the State of AP. Police routinely enter people’s homes at ungodly hours, take accused men and women into custody, and incarcerate them in the name of “protecting women from cruelty and harassment”. Innocent citizens are illegally detained, humiliated, subjected to mental and physical torture, blackmail and extortion. The honour and reputation of these accused individuals is simultaneously attacked through media trial and unrestrained slander by women’s organizations every day. Many men and women have been driven to suicide due to the trauma of false cases, arrest, prolonged trials and the resultant humiliation and financial troubles they have to endure.

According to statistics published by the National Crime Records Bureau in 2007 alone, an overwhelming 94% of the individuals arrested under IPC Section 498A were found not guilty. A closer look at individual cases under Section 498A reveals that arrests are made by lower cadre police officials without proper justification and only with the intent of terrorizing innocent citizens and extorting money from them under the threat of imprisonment and long-drawn legal battles.

Our numerous pleas to the Government of India to stop arbitrary arrests of citizens under IPC Section 498A have fallen on deaf ears. On the other hand, new laws are always on the anvil (sexual assault, work place harassment, acid attacks etc.) which stress on immediate arrest of men upon mere accusations made by women.

While it is amply clear that under the prevailing circumstances, arrest is inevitable for any man facing allegations of abuse or assault, it is imperative that our fathers, brothers and sons are prepared to go to jail along with us even if they committed no crime. Ordinary law abiding male citizens and their kin should be freed from the fear of jail and the concomitant feelings of humiliation and suffering so that they do not drive themselves into depression, ruin their health or end their own lives.

In light of the above facts, we, the All India Forgotten Women’s Association (AIFWA) and All India Men’s Welfare Association (AIMWA), extend our support to Mr. Ravindra Gangurde, who has called for a “Jail Bharo Andolan” on 6 July 2010. On behalf of our fathers, brothers and sons, we sought the permission of the Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad, to conduct a peaceful demonstration (of not more than 50 persons) near the Women Police Station, CCS, Hyderabad, between 10:00-11:00 a.m. on 6 July 2010 and personally submit a memorandum.

The following material was submitted as enclosures along with the letter:

1)    English translation of letter from Mr. Gangurde calling for “Jail Bharo Andolan”.

2)    Article from Sunday Indian; Dowry Law Sec 498(A) – How and why the law is an ass. (Special Report – English)

3)    Memo issued by Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad – No.L&O/M6/1315/2002. (Hyderabad CP’s Memo)

4)    A.P. Police webpage on “Abuse of 498a”. (AP Police – Ladies Special)

5)   Letter from the Ministry of Home Affairs to Mr. Gangurde.

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Jail Bharo Andolan

28 June 2010

To

The Commissioner of Police

Hyderabad

Subject: Request for permission to stage a peaceful demonstration in support of Mr. Ravindra Gangurde’s “Jail Bharo Andolan” – All India Forgotten Women’s Association and All India Men’s Welfare Association

Sir,

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:

  • Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
  • No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
  • Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
  • No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

In blatant violation of all the above rights, thousands of husbands and their families are arbitrarily arrested every year, without evidence or investigation, under IPC Sections 498A, 304B, Dowry Prohibition Act, and related wife-centric laws which presume that the accused are “guilty until proven innocent”.

India’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has noted the misuse of dowry laws, arrest of innocent individuals and the resultant overcrowding of prisons. NHRC has urged the judiciary and law enforcement agencies to take measures against these abuses. High Courts across the country and the Supreme Court have condemned the misuse of dowry laws. The Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad issued standing instructions vide memo No.L&O/M6/1315/2002 to check arbitrary arrests. The AP Police Dept. has even launched a web page entitled “Abuse of 498A” on the Dept. website.

Nevertheless, abuse of police powers continues and unnecessary arrests have only been growing in the State of AP. Police routinely enter people’s homes at ungodly hours, take accused men and women into custody, and incarcerate them in the name of “protecting women from cruelty and harassment”. Innocent citizens are illegally detained, humiliated, subjected to mental and physical torture, blackmail and extortion. The honour and reputation of these accused individuals is simultaneously attacked through media trial and unrestrained slander by women’s organizations every day. Many men and women have been driven to suicide due to the trauma of false cases, arrest, prolonged trials and the resultant humiliation and financial troubles they have to endure.

According to statistics published by the National Crime Records Bureau in 2007 alone, an overwhelming 94% of the individuals arrested under IPC Section 498A were found not guilty. A closer look at individual cases under Section 498A reveals that arrests are made by lower cadre police officials without proper justification and only with the intent of terrorizing innocent citizens and extorting money from them under the threat of imprisonment and long-drawn legal battles.

Our numerous pleas to the Government of India to stop arbitrary arrests of citizens under IPC Section 498A have fallen on deaf ears. On the other hand, new laws are always on the anvil (sexual assault, work place harassment, acid attacks etc.) which stress on immediate arrest of men upon mere accusations made by women.

While it is amply clear that under the prevailing circumstances, arrest is inevitable for any man facing allegations of abuse or assault, it is imperative that our fathers, brothers and sons are prepared to go to jail along with us even if they committed no crime. Ordinary law abiding male citizens and their kin should be freed from the fear of jail and the concomitant feelings of humiliation and suffering so that they do not drive themselves into depression, ruin their health or end their own lives.

In light of the above facts, we, the All India Forgotten Women’s Association (AIFWA) and All India Men’s Welfare Association (AIMWA), would like to extend our support to Mr. Ravindra Gangurde, who has called for a “Jail Bharo Andolan” on 6 July 2010 (letter attached). On behalf of our fathers, brothers and sons, we seek your kind permission to conduct a peaceful demonstration (of not more than 50 persons) near the Women Police Station, CCS, Hyderabad, between 10:00-11:00 a.m. on 6 July 2010 and submit a memorandum to you personally at the Commissionerate of Police in Basheerbagh.

We look forward to your favourable response at the earliest.

Thank you,

Uma Challa

President

All India Forgotten Women (Regd.)

Encl:

1)    Letter from Mr. Gangurde calling for “Jail Bharo Andolan”.

2)    Article from India Post; Dowry Law Sec 498(A) – How and why the law is an ass. (Special Report – English)

3)    Memo vide No.L&O/M6/1315/2002, issued by Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad. (Hyderabad CP’s Memo)

4)   A.P. Police webpage on “Abuse of 498a”. (AP Police – Ladies Special)

5)   Letter from the Ministry of Home Affairs to Mr. Gangurde

Fathers’ Day becoming Fatherless Day

Press Release

On the occasion of Fathers’ Day – 20 june

Subject: Fathers’ Day becoming Fatherless Day

Fathers’ Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June every year, but for many children 20th June will be a Fatherless Day this year.

Every year more and more children are becoming fatherless thanks to the Family Courts which grant sole and total custody of children to mothers, with total disregard to the love and affection that fathers and children have towards each other.

Fathers are denied custody as a rule rather than an exception. If at all visitation is ordered to fathers, it is limited to 30 minutes or 1 hour in a month contrary to the requirement of the UN resolution that no child should be denied access to either parent.

Indian Family Courts appear to have declared a war against fathers and are adopting every possible means to create a “fatherless society” and to reduce men to mere ATM machines and sperm donors.

Cases filed in Family Courts linger on indefinitely while wives enjoy full custody of children, interim maintenance and child support at the expense of husbands.

The attitude of the Family Courts in the matters of ordering child custody/visitation, maintenance and alimony is completely biased against husbands. Even in the few cases where fathers manage to obtain visitation rights, no action is taken against mothers who disobey the orders. On the other hand, fathers who try to visit their children are accused of trying to kidnap their own children.

While there is much emphasis on a wife’s rights on husbands and children, no order is passed on the responsibilities of a wife towards herself and her matrimonial family. Husbands, on the other hand, are heaped with disproportionate responsibilities with no rights over their wives or children.

The brazenly anti-male mindset of Indian Family Courts is making it a crime to be born male in India. The continued onslaught on men and manhood is gradually destroying the faith of men on the system of marriage and societal values as a whole. As a result many men are being forced to commit suicide or shun marriage altogether paving the way for a fatherless society full of single mothers in the future.

We strongly denounce the attitude of the Family Courts which consider children as the exclusive property of the mother and totally deny access to the father and his family. We strongly condemn the belief of the Family Courts that the husband alone is bound to earn and maintain his wife and children, even though the wife is either earning or sufficiently qualified to earn.

Family Courts should ensure that fathers are given equal custody and unhindered access to children that mothers enjoy. The practice of showing children for 30 minutes or 1 hour like a TV show to a father without providing him an opportunity to demonstrate his fatherly care and affection should be done away with.

The practice of passing orders for monetary compensation should be done away with and instead, both parents should be directed to share the responsibilities like buying medical insurance, paying the school fee, purchasing clothes, books etc., for children based on their respective and combined financial capacities.

AIMWA led a Nationwide Boycott of Family Courts on 18th June 2010, to highlight the above issues. A peaceful protest was held in the Nampally Court premises. A memorandum was submitted to the Hon’ble Chief Justice of High Court of AP and the Principal Judges of Family Courts in the city stating that the demands we made were just and reasonable and that the non-implementation of our demands will result in serious consequences to men, women, children, families and the society as a whole. Over 400 fathers and 50 supporters have signed the petition containing out demands in the Family Courts in Hyderabad.

Fathers’ Day – Memorandum

Memorandum

On the occasion of Fathers’ Day

18th June, 2010

To

Sri Nisar Ahmad Kakru

Hon’ble Chief Justice

High Court of Andhra Pradesh

Subject: Seeking justice for Fathers and Children separated due to marital discords

Hon’ble Justice Kakru,

We seek your personal and valuable intervention in setting right the gross injustice being done to men and children in matters of matrimonial conflicts where custody of children is granted only to women, with total disregard to the love and affection that fathers and children have towards each other.

Fathers are denied custody as a rule rather than an exception. If at all visitation is ordered to fathers, it is limited to 30 min or 1 hour in a month contrary to the requirement of the UN resolution that no child should be denied access to either of the parents.

We are constrained to bring to your notice that Indian Family Courts appear to have declared a war against fathers and are adopting every possible means to create a “fatherless society” and to reduce men to mere ATM machines and sperm donors.

Family Courts have adopted the unhealthy practice of

  • Depriving fathers of the right to love and care for their biological children.
  • Forcing fathers to pay huge sums of money to support children they are not allowed to see.
  • Encouraging false allegations of abuse to paint fathers as unfit parents.
  • Permitting multiple legal battles to eliminate biological fathers from their children’s lives.
  • Passing ex-parte orders based solely on the allegations made by a child’s mother.
  • Allowing mothers to brazenly disobey visitation orders without legal repercussions to them.
  • Allowing biological fathers to be labelled “kidnappers” for trying to make contact with their own children.
  • Prolonging custody/visitation matters for years, thereby driving fathers into financial and emotional bankruptcy and forcing them to give up the desire to see their children.

Cases filed in Family Courts linger on indefinitely while wives enjoy full custody of children, interim maintenance and child support at the expense of husbands.

The attitude of the Family Courts in the matters of ordering child custody/visitation, maintenance and alimony is completely biased against husbands.

While there is much emphasis on a wife’s rights on husbands and children, no order is passed on the responsibilities of a wife towards herself and her matrimonial family. Husbands, on the other hand, are heaped with disproportionate responsibilities with no rights over their wives or children.

The brazenly anti-male mindset of Indian Family Courts is making it a crime to be born male in India. The continued onslaught on men and manhood is gradually destroying the faith of men on the system of marriage and societal values as a whole. As a result many men are being forced to commit suicide or shun marriage altogether paving the way for a fatherless society full of single mothers in the future.

We request the Hon’ble Chief Justice to ponder over these issues and contribute towards promoting a congenial atmosphere in the Family Courts for men, women and children.

On the occasion of Fathers’ Day, we wish to make the following demands:

Reforms in Mediation Counseling and Pleadings:

  1. The presence of and pleadings by Advocates in the Family Court and mediation process should be eliminated as mandated by the Family Courts Act.
  2. Persons who are professionally qualified and have a balanced perspective on family and society should be appointed as counsellors and mediators.
  3. Counsellors and mediators should be adequately compensated fixing a rate of at least Rs. 20,000 per case, made payable by the spouses equally.
  4. Mediators should be given exclusive powers to decide on dates and adjournments and should be required to conduct mediations and counselling throughout the year without holidays.
  5. No in-camera and chamber proceedings should be held unless absolutely necessary and the purpose duly recorded in the Court register.

Perjury

  1. Courts should order perjury and contempt proceedings in case of exaggerated statements and false allegations or affidavits related to employment, earnings, cruelty etc. when such allegations are proved to be false.
  2. Spouses making false allegations should be punished under the appropriate sections of the Indian Penal Code.

Child Custody matters:

Family Courts should ensure that both parents are given equal custody of children irrespective of the accusations of either party (such as a mother being adulterous or a father being a drunkard). The practice of showing children for 30 minutes or 1 hour like a TV show to a father without providing him an opportunity to demonstrate his fatherly care and affection should be done away with. We strongly denounce the attitude of the Family Courts which consider children as the exclusive property of the wife and totally deny access to the husband and his family while passing interim and final orders.

We strongly condemn the belief of the Family Courts that the husband alone is bound to earn and maintain his wife and children, even though the wife is either earning or sufficiently qualified to earn.

The practice of passing orders for monetary compensation, should be done away with and instead, parents should be directed to share the responsibilities like buying medical insurance, pay the school fee, purchase clothes, books etc., for children based on their respective and combined financial capacities.

The following steps should be immediately taken by Family Courts across the country to uphold the rights of fathers and ensure the welfare of children:

  • Special fast-track courts should be set up at the earliest to deal with custody issues.
  • Exclusive, fully functioning Divisional Bench should be set up in all High Courts and Supreme Court to hear appeals in matters of child custody.
  • When a person or couple approaches court for divorce, counseling of the parents by professional counselors should be given first priority.
  • Except in extreme cases of violence or unhealthy behavior by either partner, children should be given equal and meaningful access to both parents and grandparents on both sides.
  • Both parents should be given financial responsibility of the child proportionate to their earnings and not based on demands made by either partner.
  • If a partner prevents a child from having equal and meaningful contact with the other partner, they should be counseled first to understand the importance of equal parenting and the best interest of a child.
  • If either partner repeatedly disobeys orders of equal access and meaningful contact with children, then the children should be placed in the full custody of the partner who will allow equal access to the other parent.

We submit that our demands are just and reasonable and that the non-implementation of our demands will result in serious consequences to men, women, children, families and the society as a whole.

We enclose, herewith, the petitions signed by hundreds of fathers in the Family Courts in Hyderabad.

We look forward to your prompt intervention and necessary action in this regard.

Sincerely,

President

All India Men’s Welfare Association (AIMWA)

CC:

1. Hon’ble Principal Judge

    Family Court

    City Civil Court, Hyderabad

    2. Hon’ble Principal Judge

      Family Court

      City Civil Court, Secunderabad

      3. Hon’ble Principal Judge

        Family Court

        Ranga Reddy Dist. Court, L.B. Nagar

        4. Hon’ble Principal Judge

          Family Court

          Nampally, Hyderabad

          Marriage Laws Amendments Bill – 2010

          Indian society was introduced to the concept of “divorce” with the advent of the Hindu Marriage Act (HMA) in 1955. The HMA was introduced to enable women who could not tolerate marriage to legally liberate themselves from wedlock.

          Accordingly, the Act enumerates circumstances in which a marriage can be legally broken but does not explain what marriage means nor does it enumerate the responsibilities of a wife and husband towards themselves, each other, their children, both sides of the family or the society.

          The most common grounds for divorce – cruelty, desertion, impotence, adultery etc. – are not only poorly defined, but are also difficult to prove. Nevertheless, given that a divorce cannot be initiated by a spouse in any other manner, he/she is forced to make a variety of allegations on his/her partner to justify divorce under any one or a combination of the above mentioned grounds for divorce.

          Scores of cases are also filed by wives every year under Sections 498A of IPC, Domestic Violence Act, Dowry Prohibition Act, and related civil and criminal laws to strengthen their divorce cases, to alienate children from their biological fathers, and to extract huge amounts of money as alimony and maintenance from husbands.

          Given that these grounds for divorce require the petitioner spouse to make the worst kind of allegations which only end up antagonizing his/her partner, it is not surprising that counter allegations follow and over time, even the slightest possibility of reconciliation is destroyed. Marriages which could otherwise have been saved break down irretrievably and end up in divorce. It is no wonder the Supreme Court of India observed that the Hindu Marriage Act has broken more families than it has united.

          It is also a fact that Indian society has still not accepted divorce as a respectable option in life. As a result, women who appear to be relatively more sensitive to public disapproval, feel constrained to make allegations of cruelty, dowry harassment, desertion and other serious accusations against husbands and their families when, in reality, they have unilaterally made the decision to end their marriage for various reasons which may or may not be valid or acceptable according to the society, or their respective peer groups

          Complicating the issue further, the Indian judiciary has taken up the grand agenda of saving marriages. Courts take years to grant divorce in the hope that somehow, a husband and wife will “reconcile” and “reunite” after exchanging vicious allegations against each other and after turning into bitter enemies who cannot stand to even see each other. The cases are dragged over many years, ignoring the natural physical, psychological and biological needs of young men and women, and cause irreparable damage to their individual lives.

          The dilemma facing us is that the Indian society and the agenda of the Courts are in direct conflict with the Hindu Marriage Act, and instead of enabling women to free themselves from wedlock they end up trapping both men and women in a deadlock.

          The trauma of false allegations, criminal cases, separation from children and the burden of paying huge amounts of money as maintenance are making men so miserable that thousands of men are ending their own lives every year. Recently, incidents of husbands murdering their spouses are also becoming commonplace.

          There are also a growing number of women who realize a little too late that they have made a mistake or have been misled, but cannot go back and restore their marriage after it has been irretrievably broken by the legal machinery. Owing to delays in obtaining divorce they are unable to move on, are forced to remain single and are often exploited due to their emotional vulnerability.

          The Law Commission has repeatedly made recommendations to make irretrievable breakdown of marriage a ground for divorce, and the Supreme Court of India has passed quite a few judgments to set legal precedents in this matter. Many ordinary citizens have been denied divorce even after 15 years of bitter legal battles. However, it was not until a Union Cabinet Minister’s daughter was denied divorce that the Cabinet decided it was time to make amendments to Indian Marriage (read “Divorce”) laws.

          Do we welcome the amendment introducing a new long-awaited ground for divorce?

          Irretrievable breakdown of marriage as a ground for divorce would be a welcome change if and only if it will put an end to

          • the toxic culture of making baseless and false allegations of abuse and cruelty to obtain divorce.
          • the mindless practice of painting fathers as abusive and unfit parents and separating them from children.
          • the business of daylight robbery in the name of alimony and maintenance to the wife.
          • the custom of prolonged legal battles which end up destroying the lives of men, women and children.

          Most importantly, the amendments should not send out a wrong message that divorce is now going to be easy and open floodgates for soaring divorce rates.

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          Press Release – Nationwide Boycott of Family Courts

          PRESS RELEASE

          Nationwide Boycott of Family Courts

          On 18 June 2010 – Friday before FATHERS’ DAY

          *******

          All India Men’s Welfare Association (AIMWA) is an organization formed to protect the Constitutional and Human Rights of men and boys. We fight against gender discrimination, legal terrorism and every other form of abuse suffered by men and boys.

          AIMWA is organizing a Nationwide Boycott of the Family Courts on 18 June 2010 – the Friday before Fathers’ Day – as a sign of protest against the Family Court system which blatantly discriminates against fathers, heartlessly separates them from and prevents their access to their own biological children.

          We concur with the recent observation of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India that “the Hindu Marriage Act is breaking more families than uniting”. We would like to add that the worst sufferers of the Indian Family Court system are fathers and children.

          Indian Family Courts have declared a war against fathers and are adopting every possible means to create a “Fatherless Society”. The modus operandi of the Family Courts includes:

          • Depriving fathers of the right to love and care for their biological children.
          • Forcing fathers to pay huge sums of money to support children they are not allowed to see.
          • Encouraging false allegations of abuse to paint fathers as unfit parents.
          • Permitting multiple legal battles by mothers to eliminate biological fathers from their children’s lives.
          • Passing ex-parte orders based solely on the allegations made by a child’s mother.
          • Allowing mothers to brazenly disobey visitation orders without legal repercussions to her.
          • Allowing biological fathers to be labelled “kidnappers” for trying to make contact with their own children.
          • Prolonging custody/visitation matters for years, thereby driving fathers into financial and emotional bankruptcy and forcing them to give up the desire to see their children.

          It is time everyone recognizes that

          –         denying access to one’s own  biological children is abuse of human rights.

          –         depriving children of the love and care of their biological father is abuse of children’s rights.

          AIMWA hereby registers its vehement protest against the separation of fathers from their biological children, and the concomitant violation of Human Rights perpetrated by the Family Court system against fathers and children.

          AIMWA shall continue to agitate against the Family Court system until the following demands are met:

          • Special fast-track courts should be set up at the earliest to deal with custody issues.
          • Exclusive, fully functioning Divisional Bench should be set up in all High Courts and Supreme Court to hear appeals in matters of child custody.
          • When a person or couple approaches court for divorce, counseling of the parents by professional counselors should be given first priority.
          • Except in extreme cases of violence or unhealthy behavior by either partner, children should be given equal and meaningful access to both parents and grandparents on both sides.
          • Both parents should be given financial responsibility of the child proportionate to their earnings and not based on demands made by either partner.
          • If a partner prevents a child from having equal and meaningful contact with the other partner, they should be counseled first to understand the importance of equal parenting and the best interest of a child.
          • If either partner repeatedly disobeys orders of equal access and meaningful contact with children, then the children should be placed in the full custody of the partner who will allow equal access to the other parent.

          AIMWA hereby calls upon all fathers to

          –         Join our Nationwide Boycott of Family Courts on 18 June 2010 as a symbol of protest against the creation of a fatherless society!

          –         Sign our Petition listing out the changes we demand from the Family Court system in child custody matters!

          –         Refuse to pay maintenance and child support unless the aforementioned demands are met!

          –         Settle for nothing less than free and fair access to their children and an equal opportunity to build a meaningful relationship with their children!

          Nationwide Boycott of Family Courts – 18 June 2010

          FATHERS’ DAY FLYER (English)

          FATHERS’ DAY PETITION (English)

          FATHERS’ DAY FLYER (Telugu)

          FATHERS’ DAY PETITION (Telugu)

          ALL INDIA MEN’S WELFARE ASSOCIATION (AIMWA)

          calls for

          Nationwide Boycott of Family Courts

          On 18 June 2010 – Friday before FATHERS’ DAY

          All India Men’s Welfare Association (AIMWA) is an organization formed to protect the Constitutional and Human Rights of Men and Boys. We fight against gender discrimination, legal terrorism and every other form of abuse suffered by men and boys.

          AIMWA calls upon all organizations and individuals working towards welfare of the family to join our Nationwide Boycott of the Family Courts on 18 June 2010 – the Friday before Fathers’ Day – as a sign of protest against the Family Court system which blatantly discriminates against fathers, heartlessly separates them from and prevents their access to their own children.

          Boycott Family Courts!

          Protest the creation of a fatherless society!

          • Are you deprived of your right as a biological father to love and care for your child?
          • Are you being forced to pay huge sums of money for supporting your child you are never allowed to see?
          • Have false allegations of abuse been heaped on you to paint you as an unfit husband and father?
          • Has the mother of your child embroiled you in multiple legal battles to eliminate you from your child’s life?
          • Have you lost contact with your child due to ex-parte orders based solely on the allegations of your child’s mother?
          • Does the mother of your child brazenly disobey your visitation rights without legal repercussions?
          • Have you been labelled or fear being labelled a “kidnapper” for trying to make contact with your own child?
          • Are you constantly threatened of arrest or physical harm unless you give up your desire to see your child?
          • Have you been driven to bankruptcy and forced to give up fighting for your child’s custody?

          Denying you access to your own child is abuse of human rights.

          Depriving a child of the love and care of one parent is abuse of child rights.

          • Join our Nationwide Boycott of Family Courts on 18 June 2010 as a symbol of protest against the creation of a fatherless society!
          • Sign the accompanying Petition listing out the changes we demand from the Family Court system in child custody matters!
          • Refuse to pay maintenance and child support unless the aforementioned demands are met!
          • Settle for nothing less than free and fair access to your child and an equal opportunity to build a meaningful relationship with your child!