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Men’s rights organisation to appeal for NOTA option


Kolkata: Miffed over political parties ignoring men’s rights, an umbrella organisation of NGOs espousing men’s issues, has decided to ask all male voters to opt for the ‘NOTA’ option in the ballot to register protest in the coming election.

The National Coalition of Men (NCM), a group of 50 NGOs working across 25 States and 50 cities, regretted that no political party had bothered to look into the issues affecting men due to “biased gender laws”.

The NCM will campaign and appeal to all men across India to opt for the NOTA option.

“If the political parties have no place for men’s rights in their manifestos, then we too don’t have any votes for them. We have “NOTA” for them,” NCM general secretary Amit Gupta told PTI.

The NCM, along with other men’s organisations, have consistently voiced protest against men’s suffering due to alleged skewed gender laws in the country such as Section 498a of the IPC.

The NCM in January had released a charter named ‘Men-I-Festo’ which pleaded for converting ‘gender biased laws’ to gender neutral ones, forming a task force to probe suicides by married men and setting up a helpline number for men in distress besides creating a separate ministry for Men.

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