The real Red Pill moment

Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket. – Eric Hoffer

The moment one realizes this is the real “Red Pill moment”…

..and walking away from a movement you helped nurture and grow is better (and relatively easier) than watching its inevitable degeneration.

 

AIFW Supports CrPC Amendment Bill 2008

Smt. Pratibha Patil,
Hon’ble President of India,
Rashtrapati Bhavan,
New Delhi , India – 110004.

Sub: Memorandum in support of CrPC Amendment Bill 2008

Her Excellency,

We, the members of All India Forgotten Women (Regd.), are writing to thank you for approving the recent Criminal Procedure Amendment Bill, 2008 passed by the Parliament. Specifically, amendment of Section 41 of CrPC which redefines police powers of arrest is a step in the right direction to uphold basic human rights and constitutional rights of the citizens of India.

We are aware that certain Bar Associations are protesting against the amendment of Section 41 redefining powers of the police in relation to arresting accused individuals. However, we would like to congratulate and thank you for approving the amendment which imposes greater accountability on the law enforcement machinery while carrying out arrests.

Abuse of police powers and making unnecessary arrests have become commonplace in the recent times. In the last 4 years alone, 1,23,000 women (one woman every 21 minutes) have been arrested under IPC Section 498A merely on the basis of a complaint and without any evidence or investigation. It must also be noted that according to statistics published by the National Crime Records Bureau in 2007, 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.

The recent amendment of Section 41 of CrPC regarding arrests will help in better enforcement of laws without violating human rights and constitutional rights of citizens. It will also ensure that courts are not over-burdened by false cases, thereby speeding up the process of delivering justice in genuine cases.

Thank you once again for approving the CrPC Amendment Bill of 2008.

Sincerely,

All India Forgotten Women

Copy to:

D. 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, Ms. Sonia Gandhi (UPA Chairperson), Shri. L. K. Adavani (Leader of Opposition in Parliament).

International Men’s Day, 2008 – India

International Men’s Day, 2008 – India

–    Uma Challa

The inseparability of the male and female entities in the Universe was recognized by Indians as early as the Vedic times. This beautiful sentiment is manifested through the representation of Goddess Parvathi (Uma) and Lord Siva (Maheswara), known as “the parents of the Universe”, as UmaMaheswara or Ardhanareeswara (half-man, half-woman).  This representation indicates that while both the female and male forms have their own individual identities and strengths, they are still interdependent. They complement each other and, it is only by combining their individual strengths that they are able to create and nurture life in the Universe. This divine couple is considered by Indians as an example to be emulated by all human beings.

Import of Western thought on individualism over the last few centuries has led to the erosion of many wonderful Indian values, including the one of male-female unity. Equating individualism with independence has caused many cracks in the much-envied Indian family structure. Radical feminist ideas, which are based on anti-male, anti-family ideologies, have resulted in a gender war. Consequently, divorce rates, numbers of fatherless children, violence against men and numbers of men committing suicides are all on the rise. The time has come to remind ourselves of our pride-worthy Indian values and to restore stability in the society by promoting harmony between men and women.

It is well known that International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide on 8 March. Dedicating a special day for women is indeed a great way to celebrate womanhood and all the contributions of women, both within and outside the family.

By the same token, Save Indian Family Foundation (SIFF) and its sibling organizations adopted 19 November as International Men’s Day in the year 2007 to recognize and honor men; our fathers, brothers, partners, sons, male friends and colleagues; for the numerous services they render and the innumerable sacrifices they make to ensure the health and well-being of the family and the society.

SIFF also launched an International campaign to build a consensus on the celebration of International Men’s Day across the world. To our great delight, Mr. Warwick Marsh of the Fatherhood Foundation in Australia responded to our campaign and, thanks to his ceaseless efforts, Australia will be joining hands with India and celebrating its first International Men’s Day on 19 November 2008.

On International Men’s Day 2008, our sentiments will be echoed in cities across India including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Nagpur, Lucknow, Bangalore and Hyderabad through the activities of various local chapters and organizations working towards family harmony and gender equality.

On this occasion, SIFF would also like to review the present status of men in the Indian society and highlight the need to accord men the privileges and protections that they rightly deserve as fellow humans. We will be reiterating our demand for a “Ministry for Men’s Welfare”, in addition to gender-neutral legal provisions and policies that ensure women and men their rightful, honorable place within and outside the home.