By Suresh P , 28May2010, Bangalore : A NGO FHS said that, Indian Husbands charged with biased matrimonial laws, made to deal with family disputes, between husband and wife, such as IPC 498A, CrPC 125, Domestic violence Act, Hindu Marriage Act etc, are treated worst than “Ajmal Amir Kasab”, Pakistani terrorist, who is charged with the deaths of 166 Indians and foreigners, has been pronounced guilty of all charges by a special court in Mumbai.
“Family Harmony Society” – FHS – www.498a.org.in is a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) promoting the cause of “family harmony” and “gender equality”. It is registered under “The Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1960” and is based in Bangalore.
Many people ask FHS activists why this NGO was formed and what is unique about you? “This NGO was formed in 2005 in Bangalore and is having presence in 16 states and in abroad too. We formed this NGO to protect and fight for the rights of the MEN. Everyone is concerned only about the rights of women but the society and Governments has forgotten about MEN’s right” Said Suresh P, who is President of the NGO.
“When there is a ministry for even animal (Animal Husbandry Ministry) why not for MEN?” asks FHS General Secretary M Mahesh and demands a ‘MEN’s welfare ministry’.
“In case of matrimonial disputes between husband and wife, all the related laws are made heavily in favor of estranged wife, giving no chance to husbands or his parents to defend. Why husbands are treated worst than criminals and terrorist?” asked PRO of FHS Raghvendra.
“Ajmal Amir Kasab was provided with free Government advocate and even though everyone knew he is guilty, enormous amount of resource of Government and Judiciary was wasted for his trial, but in case of matrimonial disputes when an estranged wife file a false complaint under IPC 498A, all the members of the husbands including females members like mother-in-law, sister-in-law and age old grandfather, grandmother are immediately arrested and sent to jail. Even minor children are not spared. What crime we have done? Are we worst than Ajmal Amir Kasab that without proving any charges we are arrested and sent to jail? Why each and every failed marriage is branded as Dowry case? Why each and every wife’s death is converted to dowry death case without an iota of proof and evidence” FHS activists Umesh G, has asked these uncomfortable questions to the Government?
The NGO is fighting for gender equality and a ministry for “MEN welfare”. It is asking to make a provision for Men to complaint for domestic violence, to bring 498a under civil law, to make 498a bailable. The members of the NGO say that “No arrest should be done before proper investigation” and “age old parent and children must not be arrested”. They also demand to dispose divorce and child custody cases within 1 year.