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SIFF demands laws to protect men from harassment


India woman mother in law abuse

Nagpur: The Save India Family Foundation (SIFF), a men’s right organisation, has demanded that there should be strong laws in place to protect men and their families from domestic violence.

SIFF president Rajesh Vakharia said in a recent incident in Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, a woman was seen mercilessly beating her bed-ridden mother-in-law in a video, which went viral on social media. According to a SIFF release issued here, one Sangeeta Jain was seen beating her mother-in-law and the act was recorded on camera.

In this particular case, in spite of knowing that there is a marital discord between the husband and wife, the woman was granted ‘right to residence’ in her husband’s house under the Domestic Violence Act.

“This made the old woman vulnerable at hands of her abusive daughter-in-law,” it said. The SIFF questioned as to why such incidents (harassment of husband or his family) are not covered under existing the Domestic Violence Act. According to SIFF, family laws in India protect only daughter-in-law but the reality is men and their families too are harassed by the daughter-in-laws.

“We have seen such incidents in past too where men and their families are beaten, and even murdered by daughter-in-law. Such incidents are not rare and due to lack of any law to punish such women, no action is taken against them,” Vakharia said.