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International Men's Day on Nov 19 to highlight plight of men News : OUTLOOK INDIA , TIMES OF INDIA-BANGALORE , HINDUSTAN TIMES

International Men's Day on Nov 19 to highlight plight of men News : OUTLOOK INDIA , TIMES OF INDIA-BANGALORE , HINDUSTAN TIMES


International Men's Day on Nov 19 to highlight plight of men News : OutLook India

International Men's Day on Nov 19 to highlight plight of men


NEW DELHI, NOV 16 (PTI) Move over women, it is time for men to observe their day to highlight discrimination against them and project their contributions and achievements.
A voluntary organisation -- Save Family Foundation -- has decided to observe November 19 as International Men's Day with a view to recognise the valuable contribution made by men.

The foundation also has some demands like establishing a Ministry for Men's Welfare and protection for men against verbal, emotional, economic, physical and sexual abuse at home and at work place.

"While men still perform some of the most risky and challenging jobs in the society and while the government collects 82 per cent of its tax revenue from men, not a single rupee has been allocated for their welfare in the last 60 years," the foundation said.

Interestingly, the foundation says that increasing number of men are losing employment and more and more women are entering the job market, defying their traditional role within the family and society.

"Nevertheless, the society is refusing to free men of their traditional duties of protecting and providing for women, children and the aged," it said.

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

Because of increasing disregard and hatred, men are preferring to end their lives, SFF said.

As per the suicide data of National Crime Control Bureau (NCCB), number of suicides by males in every age group outweighs the number of suicides by females in recent years. In 2005, 52,483 married men committed suicide as against 28,186 suicides by married women, it said.


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Male refrain: a welfare ministry- Hindustan Times

D-day is here. Tomorrow, the country's 'oppressed and abused' men will celebrate International Men's Day for the first time. Their top demand from the government: "set up a ministry for men's welfare".

"We will submit a memorandum urging the prime minister and Sonia Gandhi to set up such a ministry," says Swarup Sarkar of the Save Family Foundation (SFF), which has declared November 19 as International Men's Day along with organisations such as My Nation, Protect Indian Family and Asha-Kiran. International chapters of Save Family Foundation will make a similar request at the Indian embassies in the UK, the US, Australia and the Mid-East.

Men cry against dowry

Every 4 minutes, one man is falsely accused of dowry harassment

Every 2.4 hours, one senior citizen is falsely accused of dowry demands

(Source: an RTI application filed by the Save Family Foundation)

"The government gets 82 per cent of its taxes from men, but not a rupee has been allocated for men's welfare in the budget in 60 years," says SFF activist Neeraj Aggarwal.

The organisations have also been protesting against the misuse of dowry and domestic violence laws. "Men's Day isn't just about men," says Prem Ahuja, wife of a men's rights activist, and herself a men's group member. She adds, "Many senior citizens are being harassed, abused and blackmailed by their daughters-in-law in the name of dowry." On Monday, men activists will visit such elderly 'victims' of the dowry law in Tihar Jail and distribute woollen clothes among them.

The event will also be marked in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Chennai. In Bangalore, the organisation plans to declare it a dry day.


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Ignored till now, men fight for a day of their own , Times of India Page 2.




TIMES NEWS NETWORK




Bangalore: Men have finally gotten sick of all the attention paid to women's rights in the country. Frustrated that society has 'ignored' their rights, they're going to take a day off, sit back and relax.
Like Women's Day and Mother's Day, they want one day a year set aside to celebrate manhood. They also seek a ministry to safeguard their welfare and champion their rights.
Members of the Save Indian Family Foundation (SIFF) will observed International Men's Day on November 19 — the first time that Indian men will join in the celebrations since the day was first observed in 1999. They plan to hold seminars and protests across the coun try against 'denial of basic human rights of men in India' across the country.
SIFF says men created the internet, climbed Mt Everest, pioneered space travel, and discovered gravity and the Theory of Relativity — enough reason for a celebration. The day will remind men about their responsibilities towards family and society, say SIFF members.
They will also submit a memorandum questioning the non-existence of a ministry for men to the governor, apart from urging the Centre to separate the child welfare department from that of the women's ministry.
Men's rights organisations justify their demand for a dedicated ministry by quoting a Crime Bureau of India finding: of 1,13,000 suicide cases in India every year, 72,000 are men.
SIFF members claim they have faced false dowry cases, extortion, threats and 'legal terrorism'. The internet is filled with blogs and forwards on instances when men have been at the receiving end.
Members add that most Indian men are reluctant to get married as they fear being slapped with false dowry cases.
"This indirectly amounts to denial of basic rights of men, as they have no hope of any protection from abuse under existing Indian laws. Thousands of men are forcibly separated from their children because of differences with their wives,'' says Manuel, a member of SIFF.
SIFF, founded in Bangalore in 1998,, has over 6,000 members, mostly software professionals

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