OCTOBER IS NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH BY CRISP NGO
More Men suffer Domestic Violence at Home than women.
Amend Domestic Violence Act of 2005 by making it Gender Neutral
Bengaluru. October of every year is dedicated as Domestic violence awareness month, our NGO CRISP is creating nationwide awareness about the problems faced by men with regard to matrimonial disputes. It is now well established that Family disputes and Domestic Violence is the number one killer for married men in India as 24% of suicides are directly attributed to such cases. Also the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), a govt of India undertaking, in its latest statistics have announced that 89,129 men have committed suicide in 2014 where as 42537 women have committed suicide (source http://ncrb.gov.in). Therefore Domestic violence Act is unconstitutional and inhuman after all violence cannot be gender specific.
The various types of family violence that men face include:
Physical violence like slapping, pushing, hitting by wife, her parents or relatives.
Wife threatening suicide to intimidate and control the husband.
Verbal abuse if husband remains in contact with his parents or comes home late from work
Throwing objects like utensils, cell phones , tv remote and crockery at the husband.
Threatening to create a ruckus in the neighbourhood and threatening to jail him in false cases.
Threatening him to cut off children access by filing false child abuse cases.
OUR D E M A N D S TO PROTECT MEN FROM BEING VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
1.Amend the Domestic Violence Act of 2005 to make it gender neutral and provide equal protection for Men, Women and Children under the act without any gender bias or presumption of innocence in favour of women.
2.Make all family cases pertaining to Dowry, Domestic Violence, Child custody & maintenance cases under one roof in the same court complex preferably with cctv facility & ensure speedy trial and conclusion.
3.Implement Law commission of India recommendation to make shared parenting mandatory. Government should take steps to pass the bill as soon as possible to prevent thousands of fathers from committing suicide.
4.Set up evening and week end family courts to reduce the pending cases in child custody matters & set up special guardian courts to address disputes regarding child custody, shared parenting .
5.Curb misuse of Domestic Violence Act and Courts and severely punish people who misuse the Act as a tool for extortion & also take action to prosecute against people who file false cases. As per NCRB data for 2014, the conviction rate for dowry related cases is 2% or lower.
6.Maintenance should be granted based on length of marriage and must be gender neutral & honourable courts should help in disposing off family related matters within 6 months. A system should be setup to automatically account for child maintenance expenses.
7.Make all family laws civil in nature, trials under the act should be strictly subject to the CPC and the Indian evidence act and stop suggesting terms like jail, bail etc… be removed from the text of Domestic Violence Act.
8.Stop counselling in police stations and police should not interfere in family disputes and pose threats to husband and his family that they will send them to jail if they don’t listen to the wife’s demands.
9.Honourable Supreme court to lay guidelines on what constitutes Domestic Violence to avoid prevailing confusion in various lower courts.
10.Prevent Husband suicides by opening free state sponsored helpline centres and appoint trained counsellors to give emotional support to harassed husbands. India too should adopt a national strategy to prevent suicide, as adopted by several countries.
Friends to take up this matter in the larger interest of our society and to promote family harmony which is the strength of our Indian heritage in this October month of Domestic Violence Awareness.