For a Day, women join men against biased marriage law

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 - 9:55am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

In a signature campaign conducted by the NGO Vaastav on the occasion of International Men’s Day on Tuesday, almost a fifth of the signatures collected were those of women. The campaign was carried out to protect certain laws, especially the Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2013, which, according to the NGO members, are biased and anti-men.

Of the 568 signatures collected, 104 were by women. The campaign started at 10am and went on till 5pm at the CST.

Shahida Khan, 31, a participant, said, “We have lost almost Rs1 crore because of dowry and domestic violence cases filed against my brother by his wife. There are several laws to protect women but none to protect men and their families,” she said.

Activists fear that if the bill comes through, divorces will go up and negatively impact the Indian family structure. Moreover, men can end up losing a major chunk of their property.

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