International Men’s Day – 2016

Captions: Uma Challa

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International Men’s Day – 2016

Photo credits: Sandeep Hegerse.

Captions and design: Uma Challa

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Photo credits: Sandeep Hegerse.

Captions and design: Uma Challa

Feminists bully, India Times succumbs!

India Times ran an informative poster campaign about men’s issues on International Men’s Day, 19th November, 2015.

Feminists have exposed their intolerance for any discussion about men’s issues and the celebration of International Men’s Day. They bullied India Times into retracting the article from their website and forced them to issue an apology. Here’s the apology note by India Times:

India Times apology

Ironically, India Times only recently updated its cover photo to one which says, “Not afraid”.

Not afraid

Of course you are, India Times! You are just plain afraid!

Thanks to the internet and social media though…Truth can be deleted from a website, but cannot be completely erased!

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Thanks to https://legalfighter.wordpress.com/2015/11/22/indiatimes-bows-down-before-feminists/#comment-3258 for saving, reproducing the posters and making them available for download.

 

An Open Letter to Minister of Health and Family Welfare, India.

Dear Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda,

I am writing as a responsible citizen of India, who cares about the health, well-being and safety of men, women and children.

As you may be aware, 19 November is International Men’s Day, and it is being celebrated in over 80 countries in the world this year with the theme “Make a difference for men and boys”.

On this occasion, I would like to specifically draw your attention towards the health and well-being of men and boys.

It is important to remember that everyday, men make many sacrifices to protect and provide for their families, and thereby make many positive contributions to the community, society, family, marriage, child care and the environment.

  • These men include sanitation workers, construction workers, chemical and gas factory workers, mechanics and miners who routinely suffer from chronic occupational health issues and often die before they reach the age of 60.
  • They include soldiers, firefighters, land mine removers, deep sea fishermen, electric linemen, house painters and glass cleaners who risk their lives everyday.
  • They include farmers, weavers, tea sellers, drivers, paperboys, mailmen and watchmen, who render their services, often without receiving a word of recognition or gratitude.
  • They include teachers, doctors, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and public servants, who help improve the quality of life for everyone in the society.
  • They include fathers, grandfathers, brothers, husbands, friends and colleagues who stand by us, inspire us, make us laugh and enrich our lives.
  • They include men in all walks of life who live honest, decent lives and help keep the wheels of progress and hope turning.

However, men’s health, both physical and emotional, is one of the areas which is seriously neglected in India. Even the most recent National Health and Family Survey of 2015, only addresses maternal health and child health, while examining the key indicators of health and family welfare. It refers to men only in the context of family planning and as to how they can contribute to the health and welfare of women and children.

In India, a lot of health problems in men remain poorly diagnosed or left undiagnosed. Male-specific health problems also tend to be more fatal. For example, as against 5.37 lakh women, only 4.77 lakh men were diagnosed with cancer in India in 2012.  In the same year, 3.26 lakh women and 3.56 lakh men, i.e. 30,000 more men compared to women, died of cancer (Ref 2).

A recent study (Ref 1) reports that the incidence of prostate cancer among Indian males is “constantly and rapidly increasing in all the most recent Population Based Cancer Registries (PBCRs)”, and “the cancer projection data shows that the number of cases will become doubled by 2020.” The study also states that “Given the current age-specific incidence, morbidity, and mortality rates of prostate cancer, this disease will become a far greater public health problem in the future”.

While the top five cancers that claim men’s lives in general are lip/oral cavity, lung, stomach, colorectum and the pharynx (Ref 2), this recent study (Ref 1) shows that prostate is “the second leading site of cancer among males in large Indian cities like Delhi, Kolkatta, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram, the third leading site of cancer in cities like Bangalore and Mumbai and it is among the top ten leading sites of cancers in the rest of the population based cancer registries (PBCRs) of India”.

Male-specific health issues are often blamed on negligence of men themselves. No effort is made by the Government on spreading awareness about or for preventing and controlling male-specific illnesses, diseases and disorders. As a citizen, a voter and a taxpayer of this country, I believe that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare must

  1. acknowledge the place and the value of men in the family.
  2. include men’s health in the National Health and Family Survey of India.
  3. spend time and resources to spread awareness about stress and depression, male specific cancers, heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases which are responsible for reduced quality of life and premature mortality among men.
  4. allocate resources to support research on male-specific disorders, diseases and illnesses – both physical and psychological, and to help find affordable remedies and cures for the same.

On the occasion of International Men’s Day (19 November), I request you to focus your attention on the above issues , and help make a difference for men and boys.

Thank you,

Uma Challa
Author, Hyderabad

References:

  1. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214540014000486
  2. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/7-lakh-Indians-died-of-cancer-last-year-WHO/articleshow/27317742.cms

 

Make a difference for men and boys!

Make a difference for men and boys!

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The 19th of November is being celebrated the world over as International Men’s Day (IMD) since the year 1999. Every year, the number of countries celebrating IMD keeps growing, and this year, the number has reached 80.

Although this is the 9th year that India is celebrating Men’s Day, questions as to whether or not such a celebration is needed and if men really deserve a special day still linger in the minds of many. The answers to these questions were spelled out long before the questions even arose.

President Abraham Lincoln once said, “Any nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure.”

Along similar lines, President John F. Kennedy said, “A Nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers…”.

While we see a handful of men constantly being idolized as heroes, and many film stars and sports stars being felicitated by the society, there are countless number of invisible heroes who make positive contributions to the community, society, family, marriage, child care and the environment.

  • These men include sanitation workers, construction workers, chemical and gas factory workers, mechanics and miners who routinely suffer from chronic occupational health issues and often die before they reach the age of 60.
  • They include soldiers, firefighters, land mine removers, deep sea fishermen, electric linemen, house painters and glass cleaners who risk their lives everyday.
  • They include farmers, weavers, tea sellers, drivers, paperboys, mailmen and watchmen, who render their services, often without receiving a word of recognition or gratitude.
  • They include teachers, doctors, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and public servants, who help improve the quality of life for everyone in the society.
  • They include fathers, grandfathers, brothers, husbands, friends and colleagues who stand by us, inspire us, make us laugh and enrich our lives.
  • They include men in all walks of life who live honest, decent lives and help keep the wheels of progress and hope turning.

It is often forgotten that everywhere in the world, men perform a variety of tasks, including some of the most difficult and daunting jobs, to protect and provide for their families. It is often forgotten that doing these jobs is more of a necessity than a choice for men. The goodness and selflessness of these men is often taken for granted.

As the former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, rightly said, “When surrounded by day to day issues, there is a tendency to forget the good things we are bestowed with.”

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This International Men’s Day let us remember all the good things about men and boys around us. Let us acknowledge and celebrate the invisible heroes of everyday. Let us honor them for all their positive contributions to the world. Let us pray for their health, well-being and safety. Let us vow to ensure fairness towards men and boys in all walks of life. Let us join hands to end misandry and to restore respect for masculinity.

Let us all work to “make a difference for men and boys”!

Here’s wishing all men and boys a very happy International Men’s Day!

– Uma Challa

International Men’s Day – Radio Talk show

Radio Talk Show on International Men’s Day 
TEN-India partners with Bol Hyderabad Community Radio 90.4 FM in the celebration of IMD 2015.
Broadcast dates: 3 Nov 2015 18:30 hrs IST
Speakers: Uma Challa, Aravind and Partha TR
Languages: Telugu and English

Listen here:

http://yourlisten.com/BolHyd90.4/international-mens-daychalla-umaboltrue-equity-network

19 November is International Men’s Day!!!

INVITATION FORINTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY CELEBRATION
Thursday 19 November 2009

Vehicle rally

Starting from Public Gardens at 8:30 a.m.
Ending at Hitech city around 12:00 noon

Contact: Uma Challa (9704683163), Parthasarathy (9573605415)

19 November is International Men’s Day!!!

CELEBRATE BEING MALE!
HONOUR MEN IN YOUR LIFE!
DEMAND MEN’S WELFARE MINISTRY!
DEMAND TRUE GENDER EQUALITY!
SAY “NO” TO MALE BASHING!
DEMAND GENDER-NEUTRAL LAWS!
REALIZE MAN IS NOT AN ATM!
SAY “NO” TO STEROTYPING OF MEN!
STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST MEN!
UNDERSTAND MEN TOO NEED LOVE AND CARE!
UNDERSTAND MEN TOO NEED PROTECTION!
STOP TREATING MEN AS UNPAID BODYGUARDS!
UNDERSTAND MARD KO BHI DARD HOTA HAI!

Let us recognize and honour men for the numerous services they render and the innumerable sacrifices they make for the health and well-being of our families and society!!!

Organizations celebrating International Men’s Day in Hyderabad

All India Forgotten Women, Andhra Pradesh Mothers-in-law Protection Association, Mothers and Sisters Initiative, Children’s Rights Initiative for Shared Parenting, All India Men’s Welfare Association, Rishtey and
Save Indian Family Foundation

Dear Uma Challa

You are utterly brilliant. You are a one woman army. Oh for a thousand like you. Keep up your blitzkrieg.

Kind Regards

Warwick Marsh

Women against misuse of women-protection laws

Press Release
Women Against Misuse of Women-Protection Laws

Save Indian Family Foundation (SIFF) is a voluntary self-help group
formed with the twin objectives of promoting family harmony and
fighting legal terrorism (carried out through the misuse of
women-protection laws). SIFF is observing International Women’s Day
for the first time this year.

On this occasion, we, the women members of SIFF are organizing a Press
Conference and Seminar on Wednesday, 5th March 2008, at Basheerbagh
Press Club, Hyderabad, to highlight the consequences of women’s
empowerment gone awry. Through this event, we would like to bring to
light the plight of the “forgotten women”, who have actually been
disempowered and whose basic human rights are being violated by the
police and judiciary in the name of women’s rights, protection and
empowerment. We seek to highlight the woes of thousands of mothers and
sisters who have been ignored and written off by organizations
claiming to work for women’s welfare.

Over the last 60 years many policies have been instituted in the
country in the name of women’s liberation and empowerment. Special
laws have been passed specifically in the name of women’s protection
such as IPC Section 498A (law against marital cruelty and dowry
harassment) and Domestic Violence Law. Unfortunately, there are no
safeguards to prevent misuse of these protective provisions.

These “women-protection laws”, which are in essence wife-protection
laws, assume that wives are always honest victims and would never
jeopardize their own family life by making false claims of abuse. The
draconian law, IPC Section 498A, in particular, allows the arrest of
the husband and his male and female relatives, irrespective of their
age, martial status or even health condition, solely on the basis of
allegations of a wife, without any evidence or investigation.

Owing to this blind assumption and due to the absence of inherent
checks and balances to prevent misuse of the laws, many innocent
mothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and other female relatives of husbands
are arrested and harassed through long-drawn trials that last several
years.

Several authorities have noted that in close to 98% of cases filed
under Section 498A, the accusations are false and that the complaints
were only filed with ulterior motives.

Nevertheless, minor girls, pregnant women, married and unmarried
sisters, ailing mothers and even aged grandmothers have been sent
behind bars and prosecuted based on mere allegations. Young mothers
are either torn away from their children or imprisoned along with them
leaving indelible scars on the minds of the mothers and the children.

Many mothers and sisters are heart-broken to see their sons and
brothers lose their youth, their health, their jobs, all their
earnings, and sometimes even their lives, as they are mercilessly
tortured by their estranged wives, aided by lawyers, police and the
judiciary. Some women have ended their lives unable to bear the
humiliation of being accused and arrested, and the trauma of making
endless trips around the courts.

Noted 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.

Renowned IPS officer Kiran Bedi admitted that many poor and illiterate
mothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, who are falsely charged under IPC
Section 498A are languishing in prison every year.

The Supreme Court of India has labeled the misuse of IPC Section 498A
as “legal terrorism”.

The Delhi High Court recently stated that IPC Section 498A is the most
abused provision.

The World Health Organization, in its report on India clearly cited
Section 498A as one of the major reasons for the “Increasing Abuse of
the Elderly in India”.

Recently, the National Human Rights Commission noted that the Tihar
jail is overflowing with people falsely accused under dowry cases.

A look at the crime records shows that every 20 minutes an innocent
woman is arrested under IPC Section 498A.

In addition to penalizing innocent women, a large backlog of false
cases in our highly corrupt and inefficient legal system prevents
genuine victims of abuse from obtaining justice. Through IPC Section
498A the police and the legal fraternity are protecting those women
who indulge in perjury, blackmail, extortion and harassment of their
husbands and in-laws.

Despite having such compelling evidence that more harm than good is
being done to women through IPC Section 498A, none of the leading
women’s organizations, law makers nor the Ministry for Women and Child
Welfare have taken any measures to arrest misuse of this law.

All the warnings, requests, recommendations and demands from several
quarters to amend IPC Section 498A have fallen on deaf ears. Even
before fixing the flaws in IPC Section 498A the Domestic Violence Law
was introduced in 2006 with similar loopholes and without public
discussion. Misuse of the Domestic Violence law began very soon after
its introduction, and under its provisions a number of elderly
mothers-in-law have been thrown out of their own homes by their
daughters-in-law.

It is customary for women’s organizations to trivialize the extent of
misuse of these laws by women and to exaggerate statistics of dowry
harassment, dowry death and domestic abuse. It is also customary for
women’s rights activists to deny domestic abuse against our fathers,
brothers and sons. However, recent data from the National Crime 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 do not cause any outrage in the society.

Is the pain of a mother who lost a son to domestic abuse or legal
terrorism any less than that of a mother who lost a daughter? How many
more mothers and sisters should lose their sons and brothers before
measures are taken to alleviate their sufferings?

Aren’t mothers and sisters women? Don’t they deserve a life of dignity
and respect?

Does penalizing innocent mothers and sisters under false cases bring
justice to genuinely abused women?

Does women’s empowerment mean destroying family harmony and creating a
fatherless society?

Is protection of women’s rights synonymous with gross violation of
basic human rights?

Is legal terrorism the solution to all women’s problems?

These are the questions we ask the public, women’s organizations,
police, legal fraternity, bureaucrats and politicians in our Press
Conference and Seminar on the occasion of International Women’s Day
2008. We will also be submitting a memorandum to the Prime Minister of
India stating our demands to the Government on this occasion.