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Gender war gets fiercer as govt mulls marriage bill change PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vineeta Pandey - DNA New Delhi   
Thursday, 18 November 2010 07:04

Men's bodies say provisions in proposed bill heavily biased towards women, want BiLL to be neutral

Men's organisations are asking "why should wives have all the fun" while proposing changes to the parliament's standing committee that is studying amendments in marriage laws bill.
The dispute is over "irretrievable breakdown of marriage" being made a ground for divorce, with men's bodies arguing that the provisions in the proposed bill is heavily biased towards women.
Women's groups, on the other hand, have said that if the changes are made then a wife should be given an equal share in assets at the time of divorce.
The proposed amendments are being examined by a committee headed by Congress MP in Rajya Sabha Jayanti Natarajan. The amendments include inserting sections in the Hindu Marriage Act and the Special Marriage Act to make irretrievable breakdown of marriage a ground for divorce and do away with a compulsory waiting period of six months for moving a joint motion after filing for divorce.

Is it time for a men's welfare ministry? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Priyanjali Ghose - Mid Day   
Tuesday, 16 November 2010 13:03

Some men in the city certainly seem to think so, with a save the male event being planned for International Men's Day on November 19

Indian men who believe that the dice is loaded against them in the battle of the sexes now have reason to rejoice. For, the Bangalore chapter of a US-based NGO is all set to give gender equality a whole new meaning by marking Friday, November 19 as International Men's Day.

Men will be men: On Friday, city's men will  take part in various fun activities as part of an event titled Save the Male, with the theme

'Men Are Emotional Beings'

The day will see the city's men taking part in various fun activities as part of an event titled save the Male, with the theme 'Men Are Emotional Beings'. The event is being organised by Indian representatives of The National Coalition for Men (NCFM), a US based non-profit organisation that started the International Men's Day in 1998 in Trinidad and Tobago with support from the United Nations.

Parliamentary Standing Committee Invites CRISP PDF Print E-mail
Written by CRISP   
Tuesday, 09 November 2010 08:19


NO.RS.6/2/2010-P&L Dated the 12th November, 2010


K.N. Earendra Kumar,

Joint Director.


Shri Kumar Jagirdar,


Children Rights Initiative for Shared Parenting,

Delhi NCR Unit, 2nd Floor, H-33/40, Phase-I,



Subject: -         Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice – The Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2010 regarding -.


I am directed to refer to your letter dated 22nd September, 2010 and state that the Committee has decided to hear your views/suggestions on The Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2010.

2.         Accordingly, you are requested to appear before the Committee at 03.00 P.M on Tuesday, the 16th November, 2010 in Room No. '62', First Floor, Parliament House, New Delhi for tendering oral evidence on the provisions of the Bill. Non‑receipt of your confirmation till 12.00 Noon of 15.11.2010 will be assumed as your inability to attend the meeting.

3.         A copy of the Bill is enclosed for reference.


Yours faithfully,




Tel. : 23035447(O)

24643752(R)Fax : 23016784(O)

Serious fun to mark Men’s Day PDF Print E-mail
Written by Farheen Hussain   
Sunday, 14 November 2010 07:42

On Nov 19, men in Bangalore plan to draw attention to government policies that weigh heavily against them

Not many men in this part of the world know that November 19 is celebrated as International Men’s Day.

That’s why the National Coalition for Men (NCFM) has decided that it’s about time they made a big deal about their day — through a Save the Male campaign.

But it won’t be the regular slogan-raising, crying-on-each-other’s-shoulders event but an awareness campaign with a twist. Instead of lamenting on the ‘pitiable’ condition they are in, November 19 in Bangalore will be a time for some fun and frolic.

Kumar Jagirdar, a men’s activist, said, “It has become fashionable to support only Women’s Day, but what about men? We are proud to be men and we need to celebrate it. In fact, 82 per cent of the taxes in the country are paid by men, but the government policies are lopsided. There is a ministry for welfare of animals, but not one for men. Why should men be taken for granted?”
Irretrievable Breakdown of Marriage Bill PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bill introduced in Rajya Sabha   
Friday, 17 September 2010 10:03

AS INTRODUCED IN THE RAJYA SABHA Bill No. XLI of 2010 THE MARRIAGE LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2010 A BILL further to amend the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 and the Special Marriage Act, 1954. BE it enacted by Parliament in the Sixty-first Year of the Republic of India as follows:— CHAPTER I PRELIMINARY Short title and commencement. 1. (1) This Act may be called the Marriage Laws (Amendment) Act, 2010. (2) It shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint. CHAPTER II AMENDMENTS TO THE HINDU MARRIAGE ACT, 1955 25 of 1955. Amendment of section 13B. 2.

Parental Child Abduction is Child Abuse PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nancy Faulkner, Ph.D   
Tuesday, 09 November 2010 11:07
Presented to the United Nations Convention on Child Rights in Special Session, June 9, 1999, on behalf of P.A.R.E.N.T. and victims of parental child abduction.
"Because of the harmful effects on children, parental kidnapping has been characterized as a form of child abuse" reports Patricia Hoff, Legal Director for the Parental Abduction Training and Dissemination Project, American Bar Association on Children and the Law. Hoff explains:
"Abducted children suffer emotionally and sometimes physically at the hands of abductor-parents. Many children are told the other parent is dead or no longer loves them. Uprooted from family and friends, abducted children often are given new names by their abductor-parents and instructed not to reveal their real names or where they lived before." (Hoff, 1997)
Murthy should demand accountability from Akula PDF Print E-mail
Written by KV Ramana -   
Monday, 08 November 2010 07:35
Malini Byanna, former wife of Vikram Akula, founder of SKS Microfinance, is very scared. She feels she is under constant surveillance in India. On Sunday, she promised to give DNA an interview, but kept the venue a secret till the last minute. Every precaution was taken to ensure that there was no one tailing. DNA was told it would happen in a hotel, but the exact location was not revealed to him till the last minute. He was asked to come to a particular locality in Hyderabad. Finally, Malini met us in a small room in a hotel on Sunday afternoon. “I am being tracked. I am staying with a politician known to us, which is giving me some relief. Otherwise, I am really scared to come out,” she said. Excerpts:

NR Narayana Murthy recently asked the SKS management to be fair and open. What do you have to tell Murthy?
I applaud Murthy for the statement calling for transparency and honesty. But I would say to Murthy that Vikram Akula has a history or cover-ups, criminal behaviour and coercion. Bailing him out is only going to reinforce his bad behaviour. Once again, he’ll offer excuses for irresponsible —- in my opinion corrupt —- corporate governance. If Murthy is truly interested in SKS Microfinance and supports the poor —- while protecting the investors —- he needs to demand accountability from Akula.
Kumble’s wife fined in custody case PDF Print E-mail
Written by Hemanth Kashyap - Bangalore Mirror   
Friday, 12 November 2010 08:59

A city family court on Thursday imposed costs of Rs 2,500 on cricketer Anil Kumble’s wife Chetana, in connection with a child custody case she is fighting with her former husband.

Speaking to Bangalore Mirror, her former husband Kumar Jagirdar claimed the fine imposed by principal judge M G Sudheendra was on account of the ‘delaying tactics’ adopted by her lawyer. In July, she was fined Rs 1,250 by the court, Jagirdar said.
The couple were married in 1986 and divorced two years later. Jagirdar is fighting for custody of their daughter, who is 15 now and stays with the Kumbles.
In 2003, Jagirdar lost his case in the Supreme Court, which felt his single status was not enough to take care of the child but said he could approach a lower court if there was a change in the circumstances of the parties concerned.
In 2006, he moved a city family court for custody, arguing that his former wife had two children from Kumble, that he was married and not single anymore, and that his daughter had reached the age of 15.
Mum can’t prevent dad from meeting their child PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shyam Prasad - Bangalore Mirror   
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 06:12

Hearing divorce case, chief justice Khehar rules in favour of husband who was denied visitation rights. But the real drama took place outside the court when the lawyer’s former wife turned up

In what is being seen as a landmark judgment in cases related to divorce and visitation rights of parents on their children, the high court of Karnataka on Tuesday ruled in favour of a husband who was prevented from seeing his son for over 10 months.


Kumar V Jahgirdar of the NGO Childrens Rights Initiative for Shared Parenting (CRISP) said,This is a landmark judgment,which sets a precedent in such cases.The court has made it clear that it is the duty of a custodial parent to send the child to the non-custodial parent.By saying that the child should adjust with both natural parents and that the custodial parent should convince the child,the court has given relief to thousands of non-custodial parents.Another important significance of this order is that non-compliance of visitation rights has to be explained before the court the very next day.This is a great turnaround in the thinking of the judiciary in family law.

In what is being seen as a landmark judgment in cases related to divorce and visitation rights of parents on their children, the high court of Karnataka on Tuesday ruled in favour of a husband who was prevented from seeing his son for over 10 months.

The ruling came on the divorce proceedings of Shivkumar Challa and Madhuri who were married in 1996. Their son Rahul was born in 2000. Madhuri is being represented by James Arun Kumar.

Threat of jail

The court berated Madhuri for not following its order to allow her husband to meet Rahul every Sunday.

“We will send you to jail. Do you understand what jail is? You will be sent there right from here. Then your counsel can go to the Supreme Court,” chief justice J S Khehar told a stunned Madhuri in open court.

“Since January, how many Sundays have the father and son met? Not a single Sunday should be missed. Follow the order. If you fail, the following day you should be present in court at 10.30 am to tender an explanation for the same. Jail is a very bad thing. We look upon you as children. But even children should be reprimanded.”

At this point, Madhuri started crying profusely. Seeing this, the chief justice told her, “This is not going to affect us.”

Challa then told the court, “My child’s life is in danger.” But the court told him to stick to the present case, that of child visitation rights.


Don’t arrest dowry accused without proof PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shyam Prasad - Bangalore Mirror   
Thursday, 04 November 2010 12:06

A memo from the director general of police directs cops not to arrest husbands or their relatives without a proper investigation

In what comes as a relief to husbands and their relatives in dowry-related cases, the state DG & IGP Ajai Kumar Singh has sent a memo to all police stations to refrain from making arbitrary arrests in such cases.

The Dowry Prohibition Act prohibits giving or taking dowry. In almost all such cases, the accused is/are booked under Sec 498 A of the IPC, which relates to a husband or his relative subjecting the wife to cruelty.

The memo points to instances of police officers arresting the accused in such cases without collecting proper evidence. It also points to instances of relatives of the accused being booked.

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