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Why does Supreme Court apply gender equality only one way?
The Supreme Court recently applied the gender equality note when a husband was seeking divorce. It asked if it would have granted divorce to a woman from her husband, who on developing some mental disorder had become completely dependent on her, if she promised a huge sum as permanent alimony.

The Indian media hailed the judgment as another landmark citing gender equality. The question that remains to be answered is: would the Indian SC or any such court in India apply the same gender equality note when a husband complains of domestic abuse including emotional, financial or physical abuse at the hands of the wife or female partner?

Not likely in my opinion. Because the whole concept of gender quality in India is used by courts only when it benefits women in general and not men.

Take the recent spate of rape cases being filed all over Indian where women allege rape on men when a consensual relation between them breaks down and marriage does not take place. In most cases, it is alleged that the man and woman had consensual physical relations and that man did not keep his promise of getting married to the woman. Police and courts accept such cases, the media highlight them and Indian rape statistics increase for no reason.

However, can a man also file a rape case against a woman if she decides to break a relationship after entering into a consensual physical relationship? Will the same Supreme Court then have applied the same gender equality note?

Now, let us come to more serious issue of domestic violence. It is a fact that over 65000 husbands are driven to suicide every year, compared to only 35000 wives. This is a statistical fact taken out of NCRB statistics and cited by various surveys and news reports.

While over 13 civil and criminal laws exist to protect wives from abusive husbands, the latter in India are not protected from domestic violence or matrimonial abuse from wives. Revisiting the Supreme Court’s approach of gender equality note all husbands must also be allowed to file domestic violence cases because the court would have allowed a wife to file the same if she had been abused.

The fundamental fact of the matter is that what’s bad for the goose is bad for the gander, but not in India where different standards are openly applied to the goose and the gander. Using words like "gender equality" when it comes to benefitting  women and "positive discrimination" when it comes to denying access to laws and the legal system to abused men, the Indian Judicial system is only denigrating its status amongst its citizens and making a mockery of itself.

Our legal system should instead come clean and openly announce the different standards that it applies to men and women so that men are under no false impression that the courts would think with a gender equality note if they approach them with a prayer. So much for gender equality!

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