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On Father's Day, men's rights activists demand shared parenting 16 June, 2013
On 15 June, father's rights activists all over India celebrated Father's Day, which is celebrated in most parts of the world today, June 16. However, these activists observed the day by voicing their concerns over the insensitivity they have to face in the Indian courts with respect to their feelings.

Our courts treat fathers as ‘free ATM machines’ or just ‘sperm donors’. Before the men’s rights movement gained prominence in the country, Father’s Day was largely an unknown occasion in the Indian society. However, continued and sustained enthusiasm by civil society groups fighting for children and father’s rights have created enough awareness in the society that now corporates are also coming up with promotional offers on the occasion of Father’s Day.

Jawaharlal Nehru gave the fundamental thought that, “One father is better than hundred teachers” essaying the importance of a father in a child’s life. However, today men are being denied access to their children. At the same time children are being used to extort men, and the fatherly love of men is being exploited by the Indian legal system.

However, social activists, psychologists and judiciary are failing to understand the fallacy of this brunt, ignoring certain studies like,

Children growing up in a fatherless atmosphere are,

1.    5 times more likely to commit suicide

2.    9 times more likely to drop out of High School

3.    14 times more likely to end up as rapists

4.    20 times more likely to end up in prison or become drug addicted.

5.    32 times more likely to run away from home.

All of the above statistics are socially dangerous and could promulgate more crime in the society. Organizations like “Children’s Rights Initiative for Shared Parenting (CRISP) Bangalore”, “Army Against Dowry Law Misuse (AADMI) Lucknow”, “Protect Indian Family Foundation (PIFF) Mumbai”, “Save Family Foundation Delhi”, CRISP Nagpur etc., realizing the seriousness of a fatherless society being created observed Father’s Day in various cities creating awareness of a father’s plight and the rights of both the child and father to spend quality time with each other.

They have demanded that in case of matrimonial disputes, Shared Parenting should be mandatorily implemented in all cases as far as possible. These organizations also called for sensitizing the judiciary from a father’s perspective wherein the practice of treating fathers as FREE ATM MACHINES and SPERM DONORS should be done away with, and the father and child should be given ample opportunities and conducive atmosphere to develop a sustainable father-child relationship.

These organizations have also raised their voice against the upcoming Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2010 which seeks to introduce a new ground for divorce in the Hindu Marriage Act known as the “Irretrievable Breakdown of Marriage” and also seeks to usurp at least 50% of hard earned property of husband to be given to wife at the time of divorce irrespective of who files for divorce. Also husband cannot oppose the decision of divorce, but wife can.

Also, this new bill makes no promise on implementation of shared parenting which means wife can file for divorce under this new law, take divorce, take the children also along with her and ‘rob’ the husband of his 50% property at the minimum.

These organizations have sent memorandums to the Govt. of India asking it not to pass this law until and unless shared parenting, among other demands, is not met.

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About The Author
Virag R Dhulia, a software professional, has been a prominent men's rights activist. He has been engaged in creating awareness about the abuse of men and their families through anti-male and gender biased laws like Section 498A, Domestic Violence Act etc. He has been instrumental in networking with fellow men's rights activist both across India and abroad and has played key roles in organizing events to create awareness about abuse of men by the society. A book titled, 'The Secrets of Manhood' authored by Virag has been published. This book is a collection of short articles which focus on issues and problems faced by men and how men are victims of social stereotypes.
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