Posts Tagged ‘Dowry’
A lot of people including myself are utter confused about what is going on in India. A good number of them even quit thinking about this or refusing to talk about it.. Not because of lack of interest but instead its brain twisting, tiring and unable to reach a rational conclusion.
When there is a road accident, obviously, the wrong doer has to compensate the victim; who is at wrong is decided by the justice system and there are companies who give insurance coverage for such unexpected incidents in return for a relatively small monthly premium. Take another scenario where a person incurred damage using any products or services the manufacturer or the service provider, whatever the case may be, is made responsible for paying the compensation. If the State is at fault then State is made liable. If there is a natural disaster like earthquake, where no one is at fault, governments do pay reliefs to the victims. See, the logic and economics are very easy to understand, isn’t it?
Now here is another whole different scenario where one party consciously does a crime and the State compensates the victim using tax money. You might have never heard of a deal like this in any other country! Does that sound very promising, where a third of the nation are unemployed and another third makes hardly enough to stay alive. Not done yet; add gender to the equation. Surprisingly enough, this utopian deal is only for those who have certain organs. I know, I know… Article 15(3) of the Constitution allows the State to discriminate based on gender. I’m also aware of the fact that international politics works on the basis of UN defined ‘atrocities’ and “Responsibility To Protect”, “humanitarian bombing” and all the rest of it, where the “definitions” are made by the groups which are of imperial interests. As per recent report of Intelligence Bureau foreign stakeholders are running Dalit movements and Women atrocities movement within the homeland of India. But, is that the reasoning behind 33% ban on male candidates in state police? Is that the reasoning for 50% ban on men, in certain panchayat/municipal constituencies? Is that the reasoning for total ban on men in certain public transportation? Is that the reasoning for no legal protection for men under Domestic Violence Act, Workplace Harassment Act so on and so on… What I failed to understand is, is there any boundary for this provision? Is it open for abuse? Where to draw the line and say enough is enough? In olden days missionary-imperialist nexus consciously and deliberately gave undue privileges to certain groups of people on the basis of physical differences, brand them into various sects in order to divide, rule and wipe out all national identity and cultural heritage. Are we facing the continuation of their same agenda using tactically improved ways towards their unattained goal?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against financial support/relief/compensation/penalty or any such legal jargons. I’m just trying to understand what are we gaining by total systemic neglect towards half of the population? It has gone to the extend that our State records rarely have the word children, its “Girl Child” now! Is this a step forward or several steps backwards? Would un-opinionated people of India, if there are any left, wake up and say no to this propaganda politics and start asking for reasoning?
The following is the information collected through application under Right To Information Act, so far, from a small jurisdiction in India. Please pay attention to the verbiages highlighted and also the figures in the table given below.
Mumbai: In diapers, lying in her mother’s lap and yet to sprout teeth, but Zoya is an accused in a dowry harassment case. The two-month-old baby was named along with seven adults by her stepmother in a complaint letter to the police. What is worse is that the police has included the child’s name in the FIR.
Zoya – who should be playing in crib – had to spend several hours in a police station with her mother, foregoing food and sleep and came very close to being arrested.
Her mother, Reshma Shamsuddin Khan, pleaded with the police. “Sahab ye toh choti bacchi hai. Iska aapne kaise complaint le liye. Toh woh bole nai kuch problem nahin hai, hota hai saat-aath saal ke bachi ka bhi hamare paas case hai. Tab humney socha ke court jayenge. (I told them that she is a baby and how can you write her name in the FIR. The policemen said that it was no big deal and that they had other cases against young children too. That’s when we decided to go to court.”)
Not surprisingly, Zoya is the youngest bail applicant before the Mumbai Sessions Court. She was granted anticipatory bail on Sunday and is now safely in her mother’s care.
The defense lawyer, Ashok Bhole said, “My client called me and told me everything. I saw that the child’s name was also in the complaint, so I quickly filed a bail application in the sessions court.”
Meanwhile, legal experts are stunned to say the least.
Advocate Usha Makasare says, “It is crazy. Unheard of. We will have to see under what circumstances the court has given this order.”
In all this, one wonders what prompted the complainant to drag the child into the mess and worse still, was it right for the police to have even called the child to the police station? The officer who is to blame for this bizarre incident has now been suspended and the child’s name removed from the FIR.
(With inputs from Sholeen Damarwala in Mumbai)
Posted June 16, 2009on:
A study by Southern Institute for Social Science Research, Thiruvanan thapuram, Kerala. (Sponsored by Directorate of Social Welfare, Govt. of Kerala)
The analysis of the data showed that equal number of respondenreported that main aim behind the allegation was wife’s relation with other men and to acquire wealth and revenge. The major important comment among the judiciary is that the Act is one-sided, that is, in favor of women only. If the provisions of the Act are executed vehemently, it may ruin the domestic relationship between men and women for ever. So, a rethinking in this aspect may be done. The study shows that most of the Advocates and Judges insist an immediate revision of almost all the sections of the Act. Majority of the Aggrieved reported that they did not get the assistance of the women’s organizations during the case process.
Joshua aged 58; a retired Bank employee married Annamma aged 54 about 33 years back. Both belong to Christian religion had been lived together in a rented house. A female child was born out of this wedlock. Now, the daughter is employed in government service and draw an amount of Rs. 15,000/-. She had been educated up to postgraduate. Joshua was retired after 25 years of regular service. Immediately after his retirement the daughter and wife sent him in to a mental asylum due to the ill treatment inflicted by them. This was necessitated solely due to the mental and physical torture inflicted upon him by the wife and daughter all along. The rented house was purchased in the name of his wife and daughter by the Joshua with his hard earned money by means of retirement benefit altogether. Everything he had has been squeezed by the wife and daughter and actively preparing to send him to the mental asylum. Within the time both the wife and daughter have improvised to Pentecostal mission due to the instigation of a clergy man. Even now they are under the influence of the instruction of the said clergy. The motivation behind to sent Joshua to the asylum was the clergy. Put into nutshell both the wife and the daughter was acting to the tune of the clergy man intervened into the life of Joshua and his family. Joshua was symptom free after 6 months and was compelled to be there up to 2 years because even after receiving intimation received from the asylum to take back Joshua. But all along these years fell into the deaf ears. They were not ready to receive him. The authority of the mental asylum took Joshua to his residence to hand over to his legitimate wife and daughter, was refused to accept him. As a result his age old mother who is a dependent of her other sons compelled to receive him and is living at present.
Then the wife filed petition to divorce against Joshua before the Family Court having jurisdiction. While so, a simultaneous procedure has been initiated before the Judicial First Class Magistrate under the provision of the PWDVA. Anyway, she has got a residential order and she could keep her husband away fem. his own residence on the strength of the PWDVA. This is one of the living instances of abuse of process of law misused by a woman against her legitimate husband who had been lived for 33 years at the sunset of life. She used this Act as a potent weapon to achieve her ill motivated goal during the last stage of life by ousting him from his own house, life and left him alone in a desperate plight by casting clouds over the entire life and a total extinct.
Close to 1,20,000 mothers and sisters have been arrested under charges of Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code, without any verification / investigation; just on a mere complaint, as these women were blood relatives of a MAN. Even the Colonial British Government took 10 years to arrest 5000 women (1937 – 47) but the Indian Government has arrested close to 24 times more women in just four years (2004-2007). The maximum women arrested by the British Government is 17000 in 1930 for Dandi, but the Indian Government under the pressure of National Commission for Women(NCW) and Women and Child Development Ministry (WCD) arrested 1,20,000 women in 4 years.
As per National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), in the year 2005, more than 22,64,000 crimes have been registered against men (which is 92.8% of total registered crimes), while crime against women is 1,55,000 approximately (which is 6.38% of total registered crimes) and yet the media never found it worth enough to create awareness about this. A really pathetic and callous approach.
Source: http://ncrb. nic.in/crime2005 /cii-2005/ Table%201. 1.pdf
But the question is whose life is in more danger in India, Men or Women? In fact as per the murder rates of USA and India, Indian women are 2 times safer than women in USA despite the presence of so called Dowry Deaths in India.
Rs.7200 Crore has been assigned to Women and Child Development Ministry in the current budget; a mere 25% more than the last budget. Why is not even a single rupee spent for men’s welfare when men contribute 82% of the total taxes in India? Even animals have welfare ministry, but WHY not for MEN?