Archive for May, 2008

Protest Letter to The Minister For Women and Child Development, Ms Renuka Chowdhury

May 26, 2008

 

FROM THE SAVE INDIAN FAMILY FOUNDATION
PROTEST LETTER TO THE MINISTER FOR WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT, MS RENUKA CHOWDHURY

Ms Renuka Chowdhury
Minister of State
Ministry of Women & Child Development
Shastri Bhawan
New Delhi

Respected Minister Ms Renuka Chowdhary, 

We, on behalf of Save Indian Family Foundation write to you to expeditiously amend the lopsided PWDVA which was passed under tremendous pressure from a small minority of vocal and radical feminist elements of our country.

PWDVA was not passed by our legislature with due consideration for human rights, prevention of abuse and protection of genuine victims of domestic abuse. SIFF is not opposed to such a legislation that truly protects partners in a domestic relationship from abuse by the other partner. What we strenuously oppose is, the ample scope provided in the PWDVA legislation for the abusers of legal processes for personal gain, thereby unleashing “legal terrorism” upon innocent citizens.

We would like to point out that this legislation which affects crores and crores of population across length and breadth of our vast country, was passed after consultations with only a handful of pressure groups who are well funded from the public and charity monies; and those who are well connected with the upper echelons of power. These people who staunchly oppose bringing back sanity into the legislation are not in any way connected to the realities faced by the common men and women of our complex society. For them, their self-serving radical ideologies are far more important than the devastations that would be visited upon common folk with the passage and implementation of “poorly drafted” laws.

Time and again, we hear the argument that patriarchal males are opposed to this law. Nothing can be farther from the truth. It is the patriarchal males that are perhaps the most vocal supporters. It is the patriarchal males that think all women, except in their own household, are victims of male aggression. It is the patriarchal males that are the root cause of the immense sufferings undergone by the vast majority of the population when “legal terrorism” is unleashed by the unscrupulous elements. This is more than evident if you care to observe any legal proceedings in marital disputes in our judicial system.

Save Indian Family Foundation is, by no stretch of imagination, a male dominated patriarchal institution. We oppose patriarchy in all its forms. We oppose the evil perpetrated by the patriarchy on the common man. On the other hand, Save Indian Family Foundation represents those that are victims of patriarchy and the lopsided women protection laws that are often blatantly misused.

In the last four years, more than 95000 innocent women were arrested under the most abused legal provision ipc 498a. SIFF is the only institution that speaks for these forgotten women. SIFF speaks for the women whose sons’ and brothers’ lives are ruined by the most abused provisions of women protection laws. SIFF speaks for the elders in their twilight years, hauled into the police custody and court cases for no apparent violation of any law. SIFF speaks for those elders who have spent a life time living a prudent life, who wish to live out the rest of their advanced years in a little house they built for themselves with their own earnings and who stand to be dispossessed based on the legislative abomination called PWDVA that your ministry has promoted. SIFF speaks for minor children who are rendered fatherless at tender age when the patriarchal male dominated judicial system denies these tender souls the right to enjoy the company of both their biological parents. SIFF speaks for the scores of minor children forced into police stations based on blatant lies uttered by disgruntled women and their unscrupulous lawyers.

SIFF speaks for all these disenfranchised voices. We would also like to remind you – these disenfranchised voices will only multiply in numbers as you yield to the pressure tactics of the vocal minority represented by the radical feminist outfits. These outfits DO NOT represent anyone in our country, much less the victimised women.

We frequently hear of the bloated statistics being used as a justification for passing laws that are fraught with loopholes and prone to misuse. Please do not read these statistics in isolation. Not all suicides or deaths of married women are due to dowry harassment. Whenever, the radical feminists quote a statistic concerning crimes against women, please go ahead and look at the percentage of that in the total crime picture. Women in India are a lot safer compared to many parts of the world. Crime against women in India is less than crime against women in the USA. This, despite the fact that the crime numbers in India are skewed due to the large number of false cases filed and admitted by our corrupt law enforcement machinery.

The apex court of our country, the Supreme Court, has already declared that the PWDVA is a poorly drafted law. Many a legal luminary of our country, including Soli Sorabji, has pointed out serious deficiencies in this legislation. There is enough anecdotal evidence that lawyers are having a field day using this legislation, playing with the lives and livelihood of ordinary citizens. Batra vs Batra 2006 case is a great such example and where Supreme Court brought some sanity back into this poorly drafted legislation.

It is time, you and the rest of the political establishment realize that the most vocal and most radical feminist organizations of our country are but a small minority wielding disproportionate influence in the policy decisions of the government. They DO NOT speak for the women of India. It is the free flow of funds that is sustaining their existence. It is time you listen to the voices of the masses and to the voices of reason. It is time you show these radical organisations their place.

We strongly urge you to amend the “poorly drafted” PWDVA and restore a sense of sanity to all the women protection legislation. We, the mothers, the sisters, the brothers and the fathers, fully support protecting our sisters and our daughters. We, however, would strenuously oppose a small fringe minority of radical feminists running roughshod over principles of human rights, fair play and social harmony in the name of women protection legislation. We demand respect for human rights of all citizens.

Save Indian Family Foundation