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
Saturday, August 31, 2013
My wife wants to destroy me, says Om Puri
Om Puri, who has been accused of physical abuse by wife Nandita Puri, says he is the victim Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013
Actor OM Puri’s wife Nandita Puri has filed a complaint alleging domestic violence against her husband.
She has also alleged that Om is “absconding”. However on Monday night he was as accessible and
forthright as ever.
Sounding deeply wounded but unvanquished by the serious allegation he said, “I’ve been shooting
the entire day. If Nandita says I am absconding then I am afraid she is speaking of a situation I am
not aware of. I have nothing to hide. I don’t need to run away.”
Shocked and embarrassed by the latest in the series of allegations levelled at him by his wife, Om says,
“I don’t even know what domestic violence means. Because I’ve never indulged in it. If anyone, I am
the victim here, not she.
Only I know how I’ve suffered all these years just to safeguard and protect my son Ishaan from the
consequences of my broken marriage.”
But enough, says Om, now. “I’ve taken enough. I can’t any more. My wife wants to destroy me.
I can’t let her. I’ve responsibilities towards myself, my son and others who are dependent on me.
She thinks she can accuse me of anything and gain sympathy because the laws in this country
are heavily weighed in favour of women, and rightly so considering the rise in incidents of violence
against women in our society.
But the same laws are also misused by privileged vengeful wives who want to destroy their husband’s
career and life.”
Om says he won’t allow Nandita to mess with his reputation anymore. “She accuses me of violence.
I don’t even stay in our flat together anymore. I’ve been living in a humble flat while she lives like a queen
in the terrace flat, the first home that I bought with my hard-earned money.”
Here, Om’s voice gives way and he breaks down. “I’ve toiled incessantly for 40 years, given my wife and
son the best life possible. And this is what I get in return?”
He concludes, “I’ve taken all the pain and humiliation for our son’s sake. But now I’ve reached
breaking point. I am shortly calling a press conference to clear my name. I am supposed to travel to
Europe in a few days to shoot for my next international project. If this ugly allegation prevents me from
travelling for my work then I promise you, there will be hell to pay.”