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.