Men will take to the streets against women on Saturday. The men are ‘husbands’ who have become victims of ‘intimate terror by wives’, according to the Save Indian Family Foundation (SIFF) and Children’s Rights Initiative for Shared Parenting (CRISP), which is organising the dharna.
The protest will see hundreds of men venting their agony in front of the Town Hall.
According to SIFF, husbands and their family members are facing discrimination by the government and inaction of the judiciary against ‘wife terror’.
This ‘intimate terror’ also includes ‘biting’, ‘nagging’, ‘hitting’, and ‘extra-marital affairs’, according to SIFF. Other ‘terror’ by wives the husbands will protest against include daily abuse, threat of blackmail to commit suicide, threat of criminal cases and not allowing to play with children.
“Recently, a young man was ordered to pay Rs 25,000 per month as maintenance to his estranged wife in a marriage that lasted just six months. Even a government employee does not get Rs 25,000 pension per month after working for 30 years,” said an SIFF spokesperson.
The protesters are demanding changes in laws that govern divorce, dowry law and maintenance. These they say are being used to file false cases against men by their wives.
“There is a need for a separate state commission for men and create policies for men. More married men are committing suicide in India. At present one married man commits suicide every nine minutes,” the SIFF spokesperson said.
Thanks: Bangalore Mirror
Here are some photos of the protest: