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AIFWA to protest against arbitrary arrests

http://www.hindu.com/2010/07/05/stories/2010070560631200.htm

AIFWA to protest against arbitrary arrests

Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: The All India Forgotten Women’s Association (AIFWA) along with the All India Men’s Welfare Association will stage a demonstration near the Women’s Police Station at Basheerbagh on July 6 to pledge their support to the ‘Jail Bharo Andolan’ taken up by Maharashtra’s activist Ravindra Gangurde.

The movement, as well as the demonstration, will be in protest of ‘arbitrary arrests of ordinary law-abiding citizens’ under IPC sections 498A, 304B, Dowry Prohibition Act and other related laws, said Uma Challa, president of All India Forgotten Women’s Association, in a press conference here on Sunday.

‘Wife-centric’

Describing the aforementioned acts as ‘wife-centric’, Ms. Challa said the arrests without evidence or investigation amounted to violation of rights to life and liberty.

Citing the National Human Rights Commission’s observations, a memo issued by the Police Commissioner towards checking arbitrary arrests, and the web page titled ‘Abuse of 498A’ on the Police Department’s website, she said innocent citizens were nevertheless illegally detained, humiliated and subjected to blackmailing and extortion.

Plea to men

She urged men to free themselves from fear of humiliation and social stigma, and be prepared to court arrests and go to jails, so as to exert pressure on the authorities. The demonstration will be held between 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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