Anti-dowry law makes it wife-biased, discriminatory,and poorly formulated. A complaint from your wife or her family member can land husband and his entire family in jail without any investigation.
"The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist."
- Winston Churchill
CHANDIGARH: Dowry harassment may bring to mind battered and helpless wives, oppressed by greedy in-laws and husbands. But figures say otherwise. From 2005 to 2008, as many as 22,000 men have ended their lives in reverse dowry harassment after allegedly being tormented by their wives. In contrast, dowry harassment has driven 6,800 women to suicide.
Armed with such figures collected from National Crime Records Bureau, the local chapter of Save India Family Foundation (SIFF) is going to extend all help to men who've been abused by their wives by setting up a permanent registered NGO in the city. To come up in Industrial Area, Parivar Raksha Samiti would be inaugurated on Thursday, which happens to be International Men's Day.
'Even animals have a ministry and welfare division, but not Indian men. At least they should have a platform where their grievances are heard,' said rights activist Nitin Gupta.
The local chapter of SIFF, which gets more than 200 calls related to harassment meted out by women in a day, will organize a function on Thursday wherein representatives would lend an ear to moving tales of families and husbands who have been thus tortured.
The NGO also plans to commence a nationwide campaign to get a separate welfare ministry and national men's commission. 'More than 98% Indian husbands face domestic violence in terms of economical abuse, mental harassment and relationship cheating,' he added.
Citing NCRB facts, he added in 6,800 cases of dowry harassment, husbands were sent behind bars without any probe.
Advocate T S Sudan said, 'Though law was made with the noble intention to protect the rights of women, it is being largely seen that Dowry and Domestic Violence Act is being misused.'
The secretary of All-India Democratic Woman Association, Manjit Kaur Sandhu, remarked, 'Atrocities on women are heading northwards. A woman is facing harassment not only at home, but also in office. Law is being misused due to the lacklustre attitude of investigating agencies.'