Activists oppose ‘patriarchal law’ that will favour wife

| January 14, 2015

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It seems as if it is only women, who need to be freed from patriarchy, while men have to

be both modern and patriarchal at the same time. It’s like blaming men for having 16th

century mindset and then forcing 16th century social expectations on them.

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NAGPUR: Men’s rights activists in the country are upset over a proposed amendment in the Hindu Marriage Act that would make the husband’s family responsible for the financial upkeep of a wife in case the husband has passed away or is disabled. If implemented, this amendment would be yet another law that leans towards women rather than being gender-neutral. This kind of laws promotes the jaded view about men being the providers of women, they say.

This reaction has come against the backdrop of a recent proposal by the Law Commission of India to law minister Sadananda Gowda. Our laws and judiciary are favouring women to show how liberal the society has become, but we are still sticking to patriarchal views to appease women, the activists believe. In fact, they call maintenance the highest kind of patriarchy, which springs from the belief that a woman cannot be self sufficient.

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Virag is a B.Tech (NIT Hamirpur) formerly Technical Architect in JDA Software India Pvt. Ltd. Currently, Virag is the Head, Gender Studies at Confidare Research. Virag has been associated with the men’s rights movement in India and is also associated with Save Indian Family Foundation (SIFF), Bangalore, an NGO which helps distressed and victimized men. Virag has counselled more than 4000 distressed and victimized men by providing them with guidance and coaching that has enabled them to face the crisis situation powerfully. Virag has been invited by the Rajya Sabha Standing Committee for expressing his views on the Sexual Harassment at Workplace Law. Virag has also been part of a team that was requested to submit a research report on the misuse of Section 498A (Dowry law) and the changes required therein by the Law Commission of Karnataka. Currently Virag is one of the partners at Confidare India Men’s Rights Community Center – India’s first ever community center for distressed and victimized men. He is also the Head of Gender Studies, Confidare Research.

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