Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Men are behind all the violence :#Maneka Gandhi

Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi on Monday said that the role of men in gender sensitisation was critical since "all the violence is male-generated".

The role of men in gender sensitisation was the most critical since "all the violence is male-generated. We have introduced (the concept of) 'Gender Champions' in schools, under which boys who have been respectful and helpful to girls will be rewarded", the minister said in reply to a question while interacting live with users on Facebook, as part of the ministry's '#100Women' initiative launched in July.

The other side of the story:-

Misused laws like Section 498a of the Indian Penal Code (hereinafter called IPC) which was enacted to protect women against marital cruelty and dowry harassment is causing great injustice to men in general.The section allows the arrest of the husband and his relatives solely on the basis of allegations made by the wife, without any evidence and investigation. Section 498a IPC, being non-bailable, allows punishing the accused by imprisonment even before the guilt is established. Unfortunately, it is increasingly being misused by women to settle scores with their in-laws and husband. Innocent families have been imprisoned only on the sole basis of the wife’s allegations.

Section 498a IPC needs to be revised foremost. Such laws will only be misused by some women for personal gain. Dragging the family members to court and implicating them falsely will only lead to a complete breakdown of the social fabric of our society. There’s an urgent need to look into the misuse of women protection laws. It goes without saying that is an important law but the practice of arresting people without investigation needs to be changed.

In July 2014, the Supreme Court of India, in Arnesh Kumar vs. State of Bihar & Anr., held that the country’s women misuse a law created to protect them from harassment by their husbands and in-laws. The anti-dowry law introduced in 1983 was originally designed to safeguard women from abuse and sometimes death in the hands of relatives but the Supreme Court ruled the act was now being “used as weapons” by “disgruntled wives.”