NFHS MEMO to PM Regarding misrepresentation of facts by Minister for WCD on “Protection of women from domestic violence act”
19th Aug 2011/ Bangalore
Honorable Prime Minister of India, Prime Minister’s Office,
Room No: 148 B,
South Block, New Delhi – 110001
Subject: Regarding misrepresentation of facts by Minister for WCD on “Protection of women from domestic violence act”
About National Family Harmony Society®: “National Family Harmony Society®” NFHS is a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) promoting the cause of “family harmony” and “gender equality”. It is registered under “The Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1960” and is based in Bangalore. We have branches in more than 16 states and in abroad too. We have approximately 16500 members all over India. To know more about us please visit http://www.family-harmony.org / http://www.498a.org.in.
We want to register our strong protest against the gross mis-representation of data by Union women and child development minister Krishna Tirath in the Lok Sabha on 19th August2011. Kindly refer to the below news article.
As per this news, the minister has informed the Lok Sabha that a total of 5,788 cases were registered under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act in 2007, 5,643 cases in 2008 and 7,802 in 2009. And she goes on to conclude that only women are victim of Domestic Violence and that 40% of married women suffer domestic violence.
The factual position lakhs of Husbands are victim of Domestic violence and cruelty from their wives. If we look at the data of family courts in different part of country then, lakhs of husbands all over India have got divorce from their wife under section 13(ia) i.e. divorce on the ground of cruelty. That is a clear indication that husbands are also victim of cruelty and domestic violence at the hands of their wives. The irony is that under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, only WOMEN can file complaint and there is no provision for MEN to file complaint under the said Act against their wife.
Under such circumstances the answer given by the Minister to the Lok Sabha is totally misleading, distortion and misrepresentation of facts. First of all Government has made no attempt to collect any kind of data regarding violence from WOMEN to MEN. The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act has been enacted by the parliament assuming that only WOMEN can be victims of Domestic Violence which is totally misconceived.
When only WOMEN can file a complaint under the said Act and there is no provision for MEN to file a complaint then how the minister can come to the conclusion and project that 40% of the married WOMEN are suffering as if all husbands are happy and enjoying their life and harassing their wife? We are dejected by the insensitive, distorted and misrepresented statements by the said ministry.
Since the said ministry has relied on the NCRB data hence I would like to take this opportunity to bring out some factual position for your kind consideration. As per suicide data released by NCRB for the year 2009, 81471 MEN have committed suicide and for the same year 45680 WOMEN have committed suicide. i.e. every 6.45 minute a MEN is committing suicide whereas every 11.5 minute a WOMEN is committing suicide. So even as per NCRB data it is clear that it is MEN who needs protection than WOMEN.
In view of the above said discussion we demand following
- Kindly instruct the said ministry to take initiative to collect data regarding violence from WOMEN to MEN.
- Kindly instruct the said ministry to start process to amend the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act in such a way that MEN can also lodge complaint against WOMEN in case of Domestic violence.
We submit that our suggestions are just and reasonable and in the event of non implementation of our suggestions, we would be constrained to go to the streets with Dharnas, Public Fasting and resort to other democratic means of protests. Please save the family and thereby save our great Nation to retain India a “Vasudeva Kutumbaham”.
Jai Hind!! With profound respects,
P Suresh, President, M Mahesh, General Secretary,