Archive for October, 2009

The National Commission for Women – Candidness Personified

October 7, 2009

http://uchalla.wordpress.com/2009/10/06/the-national-commission-for-women–candidness-personified/

by Uma Challa

In May 2003, the National Commission for Women (NCW) felicitated one Ms. Nisha Sharma for canceling her own wedding, standing up against the evil of dowry and sending out a “loud and clear message to dowry seekers”, and Ms. Sharma became a role model for all women, overnight.  The truth, that her wedding was not cancelled due to additional demands for dowry, but because of Ms. Sharma’s pending issues with a former boyfriend, was quietly pushed under the carpet by the NCW.

In the same vein, in July 2007, a woman called Pooja Chauhan made false accusations of dowry harassment against her husband and mother-in-law, and paraded the streets of Rajkot semi-nude as a symbol of protest. The NCW was very prompt in reacting to the incident, ensured the arrest of the husband, mother-in-law, and neighbors too, for allegedly committing domestic violence against Ms. Chauhan. It did not take too long for the truth to come out and for the NCW spokesperson to put her foot in her mouth, and quickly cover up their faux pas.

In February 2009, NCW showed its characteristic promptness in ordering a probe into the “Mangalore pub incident” when a number of girls were allegedly molested by some goons in the middle of the night. The NCW and other women’s rights champions had a field-day harping about increasing atrocities on women.  When the investigation report filed by Karnataka Women’s Commission Chairperson, Nirmala Venkatesh, revealed certain inconvenient truths, the NCW found itself in the same usual “foot-in-its-mouth-situation”. This time the NCW rejected Ms. Venkatesh’s report, and fired her to save its own face.

On 5 October 2009, an airhostess approached the NCW with allegations of assault and molestation on a pilot and co-pilot of a plane on which she was a crew member. While counter allegations and witness statements quickly revealed that the story of the airhostess may just be another story like those mentioned above, the NCW habitually jumped into action, and instituted a panel for investigation into the issue, in less than 2.5 days after the incident. The two pilots have been fired even before the investigation could begin. Knowing NCW’s track record of rendering justice in such situations, does one have to really guess the outcome of this episode?

Never mind! The NCW is just doing its job of looking after protection and empowerment of women in a male-dominated society. After all, it should be okay to penalize a few innocent men to protect thousands of vulnerable women, right?

Oh! Wait a minute! Don’t jump to conclusions so soon!

Beginning year 2005, several elderly women, falsely accused under IPC Section 498A (for the only crime of mothering sons and getting the sons married) approached the NCW, seeking justice. These women have long heart-rending accounts of how they are being harassed by their daughters-in-law. The NCW’s short, yet prompt and candid response to these mothers was, “Your matter does not fall under the mandate of the Commission”.

Similarly, in June 2009, a 45 year old woman who was arrested on charges of dowry harassment was allegedly gang-raped in police custody, in Bhopal. The news, which was reported in leading newspapers, went completely unnoticed by the NCW. No panel, no probe, even 2.5 months after the incident. Surprised? No need to be. This is simply one more matter that does not fall under the mandate of NCW.

Indian women need to be very clear about their expectations from the NCW, when the NCW is so clear about its mandate. You should know by now that the NCW is literally working overtime for the cause of disgruntled, adulterous, parasitic and criminal-minded wives, girlfriends and female workers. How many more matters would you expect the NCW to include in its mandate?

Why are so many of you women surprised about NCW’s modi operandi? Beats me!

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month – India

October 5, 2009

October has apparently been designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month by National Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 1987.  In the US, the Domestic Violence Industry profiteers have pretty much got what they wanted in terms of legislation and public policy.  By the time the public realized the damage, it was too late. Besides, in the US, the victims of the DV legislation and DV policies were too disorganized and divided to voice their angst against the bankrupt policies promoted by the DV industry profiteers.

Having accomplished their mission, the feminazis of US have turned their attention to their eastern neighbours. None proved to be a more fertile ground for implanting their bankrupt policies than India. They found their best partner in Indira Jaising of Lawyers Collective to organize the urban feminazi, who are miniscule percentage of population but have disproportionate access to the echelons of the power. Funds were channeled to Lawyers Collective and Indira Jaising through UNIFEM to bring about DV legislation to India. The result was the most insidious and most ridiculous DV legislation in the form of Protection Of Women against Domestic Violence Act 2005, passed by the Indian Parliament on Oct 26, 2006.

This year, Save Indian Family Foundation is organizing the Domestic Violence Awareness Month, to highlight

– the malicious nature of gender biased and unconstitutional acts of  PWDVA and ipc 498a

– the atrocities committed by the police and the judiciary against innocent and defenseless citizens in the name of women protection legislation

– the complete marginalization and exploitation of males in matters relating to family law like child custody, maintenance, alimony and divorce

Save Indian Family Foundation and its sister NGOs are calling on all the victims of illegitimate legislation like PWDVA and ipc498a to join hands to raise their voices against the injustice perpetrated and promoted by the Government against its own citizens.

Until all the “ostensibly women protection legislation” is amended and made gender neutral, Save Indian Family Foundation and its sister NGOs treat all the proceedings instituted, orders passed and sentences imposed using such legislation as illegitimate and morally reprehensible.  This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we will ensure this message is spread far and wide.

Visit the blogs below for more information.

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http://dvawareness-india.blogspot.com/
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