Saturday, November 10, 2007

International Men’s Day – 19 November, 2007

International Men’s Day – 19 November, 2007

This year, for the first time in history, India will be observing November 19th as

International Men’s Day, under the auspices of Save Family Foundation and its

sibling organizations.

On this momentous occasion, Save Family Foundation urges the citizens of India to recognize the valuable contributions by men to our families, economy and society, the simultaneous diminution in value of men’s lives, the blatant violation of men’s rights, the ceaseless propagation of anti-male sentiments by “radical groups” and the growing apathy of the government and society towards the sufferings of men.

While men still perform some of the most risky and challenging jobs in the society and while the Government of India collects 82% of its tax revenue from men, not a single rupee has been allocated in the name of men’s welfare in the country’s budget in the last 60 years.

It is also important to note that according to the Labor and Employment Ministry, during the years 2001-05, men employed in the public and private sectors lost 14,00,000 jobs, while women gained 1,00,000 jobs during the same period.

While an increasing number of men are losing employment, more women are entering the job market and defying their traditional roles within the family and the society. Nevertheless, the society is refusing to free men of their traditional duties of protecting and providing for women, children and the aged.

In addition, men are being subjected to severe discrimination under law and their basic human rights are being violated every day in the name of more and more legal provisions that claim to empower and protect women.

Thousands of men are becoming victims of “legal terrorism” unleashed by the misuse of Indian Penal Code Section 498A, Protection of Women Against Domestic Violence Act, adultery laws, laws against rape and sexual harassment, and even divorce, maintenance and child custody laws.

To make things worse, even family members of men, including senior citizens, children and women, regardless of their age, health or marital status, are arrested based on unsubstantiated allegations of dowry harassment and domestic abuse, and subjected to long-drawn trials.

The growing disregard and hatred against men in our society is forcing many Indian men to end their lives. According to the National Crime Bureau, the number of suicides by males in every age group studied outweighs the number of suicides by females, in the recent years. In the year 2005 alone, nearly twice as many married men (52,483), compared to married women (28,186), committed suicide, unable to withstand verbal, emotional, economic and physical abuse and legal harassment.

On the occasion of International Men’s Day 2007, Save Family Foundation and related organizations demand the Government of India to:

Establish a “Ministry for Men’s Welfare” to cater to men’s needs in the changing society.
End the "legal terrorism" perpetrated through the misuse of anti-male, anti-family laws.
Make civil and criminal laws gender-neutral.
Pass directives to resolve all marital disputes under civil law.
Make provisions to punish those who abuse the judicial process irrespective of gender.
Confer protection upon men against verbal, emotional, economic, physical and sexual abuse at home and in the work place.
Grant joint child custody to both spouses upon dissolution of marriage.
Amend Article 51A(e) of the Constitution of India as follows:
It shall be the duty of every citizen of India—
(e) to promote harmony and the spirit of common brotherhood amongst
all the people of India transcending religious, linguistic and regional or sectional diversities; to renounce practices derogatory to the dignity of women AND men (as opposed to just women).

“Parivar Bachao Desh Bachao, Save the Indian Family”

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