Gist: Wife files multiple police complaints against the husband. She has also filed maintenance cases. Husband approaches police for copy of wife’s complaint to defend his maintenance case. Police refuses the same. Husband files RTI which is initially rejected under the provisions of Sec 8(1)(g) of the RTI Act as disclosure of the same may endanger the life or physical safety of the appellant’s wife !!. CIC refuses to accept the police version and orders the police to give husband a copy of wife’s complaint.
CENTRAL INFORMATION COMMISSION
ROOM NO. 329, SECOND FLOOR, C-WING
August Kranti Bhawan, Bhikaji Cama Place,
Tel. No. 91-11-26717356
Date of Hearing : 06.08.2014
Date of Decision : 06.08.2014
Appellant : Shri V. Ayyappan,
Respondent : Shri T.Bairavaswamy,
SP/PIO UT of Pondicherry,
Information Commissioner : Shri Yashovardhan Azad
Relevant fact emerging from appeal:
RTI Application filed on : 25.09.2012
PIO replied on : 24.10.2012
First Appeal filed on : 02.11.2012
First Appellate Authority (FAA) order on : 13.12.2012
Second Appeal received on : 13.02.2013
Appellant sought a copy of the complaint, filed against him by his wife in the Police station at Puducherry with the copy of enquiry report and copies of the statements given by the appellant and Smt. S.P. Nivedha.
Relevant facts emerging during hearing:
Both the parties are present. Appellant filed an RTI application on 25.09.2012 seeking copy of the complaint, filed against him by his wife in the Police station at Puducherry with the copy of enquiry report and copies of the statements given by the appellant and Smt. S.P. Nivedha. PIO on 24.10.2012 refused to give information stating therein that the information could not be provided under the provisions of Sec 8(1)(g) of the RTI Act as disclosure of the same may endanger the life or physical safety of the appellant’s wife who resides in Puducherry. The First Appellate Authority vide his order dated 13.12.2012 directed the PIO to furnish a copy of the statement given by the appellant, if recorded, unless the statement was required for any criminal case. Appellant stated that he wanted copies of statement by his wife and the enquiry report in connection with the maintenance case going on in a civil court. He also stated that his wife had filed another complaint against him in Dindigul (Tamil Nadu), copy of which was made available to him through his RTI application.
Respondent stated that on 11.07.2012 a complaint was lodged by the appellant’s wife against the appellant and his parents regarding dowry harassment, safety and security.The appellant was called for inquiry during which both the parties agreed on 28.07.2012 through signed statements, to settle the issue by approaching the family court. Subsequently, the appellant asked for copy of wife’s complaint and the inquiry report which was denied to him by invoking exemption under section 8 (1) (g) of the RTI Act.
It is clear from perusal of records and the statements by the appellant and the respondent during the hearing that the appellant and his wife are engaged in a bitter marital dispute and maintenance case in this regard is ongoing in a civil court. Appellant’s wife filed complaints against the appellant in not one but two police stations. The Puducherry police has refused to give the copy of a complaint by the appellants wife and inquiry report, on grounds of physical safety, by invoking exemption under section 8(1) (g) of the RTI Act. The respondent was not able to clarify as to how the physical danger to the wife’s safety is enhanced by the appellant knowing the contents of her complaint, since the substance of her charges is already known through the contents of the complaint filed in another police station made available to him through another RTI Application. Since the inquiry by Puducherry Police is over and the Complainant is signatory to the letter by the both parties for approaching the family court, due to which inquiry was closed- clearly strengthens his claim to get a copy of the documents. The inquiry is also not required in other cases.
The appellant has stated that he needs the documents for his defence/strengthening his case in the maintenance suit filed in the civil court. Besides, the appellant has not asked for any personal details of his wife but only the contents of documents relating to the charges against him.
In view of above, the Commission does not accept the grounds taken by the respondents for denial of information under Section 8(1) (g) of the RTI Act. The Commission directs the respondents to provide the information sought in the RTI application to appellant, within two weeks of the receipt of this order, under intimation to the Commission.
The appeal is disposed of accordingly.
Authenticated true copy. Additional copies of orders shall be supplied against application and payment of the charges prescribed under the Act to the CPIO of this Commission.
Joint Secretary & Additional Registrar
टोकाच्या स्वभावभिन्नतेमुळे अनेक विवाह मोडतात. घटस्फोटासाठी हे कारण नवीन कायद्यामुळे उपलब्ध होणार आहे. तसेच, घटस्फोटानंतर पत्नी व मुलांना पतीकडील मालमत्तेत हिस्सा व नुकसानभरपाईही मिळू शकेल. घटस्फोटविषयक प्रस्तावित कायद्याचा आलेख…हिंदू विवाह हा करार नसून संस्कार आहे. प्राचीन हिंदुधर्मशास्त्रास घटस्फोट ही संकल्पनाच मान्य नव्हती. भारतीय संसदेने “हिंदू विवाह कायदा-1955‘ हा क्रांतिकारक कायदा संमत केला. त्याने सर्व हिंदूंना लागू होणाऱ्या घटस्फोटास परवानगी देणाऱ्या तरतुदी केल्या. व्यभिचाराचे कृत्य, क्रूर वागणूक, दोन वर्षांपेक्षा अधिक काळ जोडीदाराने सोडून जाणे, धर्मांतर, दुर्धर मानसिक रोग, संसर्गजन्य गुप्तरोग, संन्यास घेणे, सात वर्षांपेक्षा अधिक काळ परांगदा होणे यांपैकी किमान एखादे तरी कारण न्यायालयात सिद्ध झाले, तर घटस्फोटाची मुभा या कायद्याने दिली.वैधानिक विभक्तता किंवा वैवाहिक हक्कांची पुनर्स्थापना, यासाठी न्यायालयाचा आदेश होऊनही त्याची पूर्तता एका वर्षात न झाल्यासही घटस्फोट मिळू शकतो. तसेच बलात्कार, समलिंगी किंवा अनैसर्गिक लैंगिक कृत्य, असा गुन्हा पतीकडून घडल्यास पत्नीस घटस्फोट मागण्याचा अधिकार आहे.घटस्फोटासाठी आवश्यक अटी जाचक असल्याची टीका झाल्याने 1976ची कायदा दुरुस्ती सरकारने केली व पती-पत्नी यांना मिळून घटस्फोटासाठी अर्ज करण्यास परवानगी देण्यात आली. परंतु, असा अर्ज करण्यापूर्वी किमान एक वर्षाच्या काळात त्यांना एकत्र राहणे शक्य झाले नव्हते, असे सिद्ध होणे गरजेचे आहे.घटस्फोटासाठीची वरील कारणे नसणारी;परंतु असह्य व टोकाच्या स्वभावभिन्नतेमुळे किंवा एकमेकांच्या खटकणाऱ्या जीवनशैलीमुळे, सवयीमुळे सहजीवन अशक्य असणारी असंख्य जोडपी असतात. घटस्फोटासाठी संमती अर्ज करण्यापुरतेही त्यांचे सहकार्य नसते. मी स्वत: मुक्त झालो किंवा झाले नाही तरी चालेल; पण त्याला/तिला मी मोकळे सोडणार नाही, समोरची व्यक्ती जन्मभर सडत राहिली पाहिजे, अशी द्वेषाची भावना असणारी जोडपी आहेत. त्यामागे आर्थिक, लैंगिक व इतर कारणे असतात. असे विवाह आतून मोडून पडलेले असतात. या प्रकारच्या पराभूत विवाहितांना जन्मभर त्याच स्थितीत राहावयास भागपाडणे, हे सुसंस्कृत समाजाचे लक्षण नव्हे, अशी टीका अनेक न्यायालयीन निकालपत्रांतून व माध्यमांद्वारे झाल्याने सरकारला त्याची दखल घ्यावी लागली.परिणामी, सरकारने 1955 च्या या कायद्यात दुरुस्ती सुचविणारे विधेयक 2010 मध्ये सादर केले. ते राज्यसभेने ऑगस्ट 2013 मध्ये मंजूर केले. लोकसभेच्या व राष्ट्रपतींच्या मंजुरीनंतर हा कायदा अमलात येईल. वर उल्लेखिल्याप्रमाणे पती, पत्नी आपल्या अपयशी संसाराची कारणे दर्शवून घटस्फोटाची मागणी करू शकते. प्रतिवादीची संमती त्यासाठी नसली तरी. परंतु, हा अर्ज करण्यापूर्वी किमान सतत तीन वर्षांच्या कालावधीमध्ये ती दोघे विभक्त राहत होती, एवढी एकच अट सिद्ध होणे अपरिहार्य आहे. परंतु, पतीची घटस्फोटासाठी मागणी व पत्नीची मागणी, याबाबतीत हा प्रस्तावित कायदा पत्नीच्या बाजूने भेदभाव करतो. घटस्फोटामुळे आपल्यावर आर्थिक संकट कोसळेल, मुलांचे पालन, मुलांची प्रगती, यात अडथळे निर्माण होतील, अशी कारणे दर्शवून घटस्फोटाच्या मागणीस विरोध करण्याचा पत्नीस अधिकार आहे. दोन्ही बाजूंचे वर्तन, त्यांची आर्थिक व इतर परिस्थिती, त्यांचे व त्यांच्या अपत्यांचे हितसंबंध इत्यादींचा विचार न्यायालयास करावा लागेल. घटस्फोटामुळे पत्नीचीआर्थिक कोंडी होईल किंवा अपत्यांच्या प्रगतीस बाधा येईल, असे न्यायालयाने ठरविल्यास घटस्फोट नामंजूर होईल किंवा वरील बाबीसाठी योग्य तरतूद होईपर्यंत घटस्फोटाचा दावा तहकूब ठेवण्यात येईल.घटस्फोट प्रकरणात पत्नीला व अपत्यांना भरपाई मागण्याचा हक्क राहील. पतीच्या स्वकष्टार्जित स्थावर-जंगम मिळकतीमध्ये पत्नी व मुलांना हिस्सा मिळेल. किती हिस्सा देणे योग्य होईल, हे न्यायालयाने ठरवावयाचे आहे, हेही योग्य वाटत नाही. ते ठरविताना पतीला वारसाहक्काने मिळालेल्या किंवा मिळू शकणार असलेल्या मिळकतीच्या किमतीचाही न्यायालयाने विचार करावयाचा आहे. या भरपाईच्या रकमेचा बोजा पतीच्या मालमत्तेवर राहील. भरपाईविषयक या तरतुदी क्लिष्ट व गोंधळ निर्माण करणाऱ्या आहेत. हा कायदा नसताना एरवीही पतीकडील वडिलोपार्जित मालमत्तेमध्ये मुलांना व पत्नीला कायद्याने समसमान हिस्सा असतो, याचा विचार नवीन कायद्यात झालेला नाही. घटस्फोटानंतर पत्नीस पतीच्या स्वसंपादित मालमत्तेत हिस्सा कायदा देतो. परंतु, पत्नीच्या मालमत्तेत मात्र पतीला काहीच हक्क सांगता येणार नाही, हे खटकते. तसेच, घटस्फोटानंतर वरील लाभ घेऊन एखाद्या स्त्रीने पुनर्विवाह केला व त्याचीही परिणती घटस्फोटात झाली, तर त्या वेळीही तिला हे सर्व लाभ पुन्हा मिळू शकतील. यासंबंधात हा प्रस्तावित कायदा काहीच बोलत नाही.पतीच्या घटस्फोटासंबंधीच्या अर्जास पत्नीस वरील कारणांवरून विरोध करता येतो. परंतु, पत्नीने घटस्फोटासाठी या नवीन कायद्याप्रमाणे अर्ज केल्यास पतीस विरोध करण्याचा अधिकार नाही व विरोध केला, तरी त्याचा काही उपयोग नाही, हा भेदभाव योग्य वाटत नाही. अपत्यांचे हित फक्त पत्नी बघू शकते व पतीला त्यात काही रस नसतो, असे गृहीत धरून कायद्याची रचना झालेली दिसते. प्रत्यक्ष व्यवहारात अपत्यांच्या संगोपनाबाबतीत आईपेक्षा वडील सक्षम आहेत, अशीही काही उदाहरणे दिसून येतात. हा कायदाअद्याप लोकसभेत मंजूर व्हावयाचा आहे. वरील त्रुटींचा विचार कायदा मंजुरीच्या वेळी होईल, अशी आशा करू या.
“….the contesting respondent has come to the High Court with unclean hands and withholds a vital document in order to gain advantage on the other side. In our opinion, he would be guilty of playing fraud on the Court as well as on the opposite party. A person whose case is based on falsehood can be summarily thrown out at any stage of the litigation. We have no hesitation to say that a person whose case is based on falsehood has no right to
approach the Court and he can be summarily thrown out at any stage of the litigation…………”
Pls refer the entire Judgment below
IN THE HIGH COURT AT CALCUTTA
Criminal Revisional Jurisdiction Appellate Side
PRESENT:THE HON’BLE MR JUSTICE KALIDAS MUKHERJEE
CRR NO. 999 OF 2006
Md. Ashiruddin & Anr.
State of West Begal & Anr.
For the Petitioner :Mr. Milon Mukherjee, Sr. Adv. Mr. Lutful Haque,Ms. Ameena Kabir
For the State : Mrs. Krishna Ghosh
HEARD ON: 18.03.2008.
KALIDAS MUKHERJEE, J.:
1. This is an application under Section 482 read with Section 300 Cr.P.C. praying for quashing of Hanskhali P.S. Case No. 281 dated 06.12.2005 under Section 498A/34 I.P.C. pending in the Court of learned Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ranaghat, District – Nadia.
2. The petitioner No. 1 is a retired Sub-Inspector of Police and the petitioner No. 2 is a Constable. The first wife of petitioner No. 1 died and thereafter he again married O.P. No. 2 Rojina Bibi on 25.06.2004 according to Muslim Shariat Laws and both of them were leading conjugal life in village Murcha, P.S. Khargram, District – Murshidabad. O.P. No. 2 was a widow at the time of her marriage with petitioner No. 1 and had a son and two daughters out of her previous marriage. The petitioner No. 1 used to reside in Krishnanagar where he was posted and the O.P. No. 2 was residing in village Morcha. There was difference of opinion between the spouses. O.P. No. 2 filed a case against the petitioner No. 1 under Section 498A/325 I.P.C. being Kotwali P.S. Case No. 95/2005 dated 06.4.2005. Charge sheet was issued on 15.4.2005 being C.S. No. 80/2005 under Section 498A I.P.C. The O.P. No. 2 complained of mental and physical torture. On 11.4.2005 O.P. No. 2 made an affidavit before the learned Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Krishnanagar stating that she had no complaint against her husband whatsoever. In the affidavit she stated that when she went to Krishnanagar, a person took her signatures on some blank sheets and taking advantage of that filed a case against her husband. She also stated that her husband never committed torture upon her physically or mentally and that they had been leading a happy conjugal life. On 9th June, 2005 the petitioner No. 1 was discharged by the learned S.D.J.M., Krishnanagar on the basis of affidavit made on 11.4.2005. Thereafter the petitioner No. 1 divorced to the O.P. No. 2 on 04.8.2005 and communicated the same by registered post with A.D. dated 13.8.2005 and 18.8.2005, but, the registered letter dated 18.8.2005 came back to the petitioner as ‘refused’ by the O.P. No. 2. O.P. No. 2 filed a case in the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Krishnanagar on 29.8.2005 under Section 498A/34 I.P.C. against the petitioners, but, no effective step was taken thereof. The O.P. No. 2 also filed a case in the Court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Krishnanagar against the petitioner No. 1 under Section 125 Cr.P.C. being case No. 481 of 2004. The O.P. No. 2 also filed another case under Section 498A/34 I.P.C. (G.R. No. 1343 of 2005) Hnaskhali P.S. Case No. 281 dated 06.12.2005, in the Court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ranaghat. The allegations raised against the petitioners are false and concocted. The continuance of proceeding under Section 498A/34 I.P.C. in Hanskhali P.S. Case NO. 281 dated 06.12.2005 is unwarranted and will be the abuse of the process of the Court. In view of the discharge of the petitioner No. 1 from earlier case being Kotwali P.S. Case No. 95 of 2005, the instant case being Hanskhali P.S. Case No. 281 dated 06.12.2005 under Section 498A/34 I.P.C. cannot proceed and the same is not maintainable. Under the circumstances, the petitioner has filed the instant application praying for quashing of the proceeding under Section 482 Cr.P.C.
3. Mr. Mukherjee appearing on behalf of the petitioners submits that the earlier case ended in discharge on 09.6.2005 passed by learned S.D.J.M., Krishnanagar in G.R. Case No. 408 of 2005, Kotwali P.S. Case No. 95 of 2005. Mr. Mukherjee submits that the divorce was effected on 04.8.2005 when the factum of divorce was communicated to O.P. No. 2 herein. Mr. Mukherjee contends that same allegation as made in the earlier complaint was raised against the petitioner No. 1 herein in the subsequent petition of complaint which was sent to P.S. under Section 156(3) Cr.P.C. on 06.12.2005 bearing Hanskhali P.S. Case No. 281 dated 06.12.2005. Mr. Mukherjee contends that there is no allegation under Section 406 I.P.C. in the instant case and, moreover, there is suppression of material facts in the subsequent complaint being Hanskhali P.S. Case No. 281 date 06.12.2005. Mr. Mukherjee contends that when the petitioner No. 1 was discharged in the earlier case which ended in his discharge on 09.6.2005, the subsequent case on the same allegations bearing Hanskhali P.S. Case No. 281 dated 06.12.2005 is not maintainable. Regarding the suppression of material facts viz. discharge of the petitioner No. 1 in the earlier case, Mr. Mukherjee has referred to and relied on the decisions reported in 2005 SCC (Cri)1322 [MCD Vs. State of Delhi and another] para 21 and (2004)7 SCC 166 [S.J.S. Business Enterprises (P) Ltd. V. State of Bihar and others] para 13.
4. Mrs. Ghosh appearing on behalf of the State submits that the petitioner No. 1 herein was the Sub-Inspector of Police and regarding the alleged torture meted out to O.P. No. 2, there are medical reports and statements of the witnesses recorded under Section 161 Cr.P.C. It is contended that it is not clear whether there was divorce or not by way of Talaknama. As regards the allegation of torture under Section 498A I.P.C. on the same facts in the subsequent case, Mrs. Ghosh contends that the manner of alleged torture upon O.P. No. 2 in the second case was different and there is added period of alleged torture. Mrs. Ghosh contends that O.P. No. 2 was assaulted by the petitioner No. 1 as per allegation and in view of the medical reports and the statements of the witnesses recorded under Section 161 Cr.P.C., there is no ground to quash the proceedings pending in the learned Court below. Mrs. Ghosh contends that the petitioner No. 1 herein can raise such question in the Trial Court at the appropriate stage, but, not in the instant application under Section 482 Cr.P.C.
5. From the F.I.R. of Kotwali P.S. Case No. 95 of 2005 dated 06.4.2005 G.R. No. 408 of 2005 it appears that the occurrence of the alleged offence was after the marriage till the date of lodging the F.I.R. i.e. 06.4.2005. It further appears that the said case bearing No. 408 of 2005 ended in the discharge of the accused under Section 245 Cr.P.C. The learned Magistrate considered the affidavit filed by the defacto-complainant in the said case wherein it was stated that she was leading her conjugal life happily with her husband. On hearing the defacto-complaint and considering the contentions raised in the affidavit, the learned Magistrate recorded the order of discharge under Section 245 Cr.P.C. Subsequently, the instant case bearing Hanskhali P.S. Case No. 281 dated 06.12.2005 was started. The petition of complaint was sent to the P.S. under Section 156(3) Cr.P.C. and the F.I.R. was registered bearing No. 281 dated 06.12.2005. In the said petition of complaint the occurrence of the alleged offence was after marriage extending up to 24.8.2005. It is, therefore, clear that the period of alleged torture as per the subsequent complaint also includes the period of torture as raised in the earlier complaint which ended in discharge of the accused. By filing the affidavit stating that she was living happily with her husband which enabled the Court to record order of discharge, the defacto complainant put an end to the allegation of torture as raised in the earlier petition of complaint and, as such, the same allegation over the same period cannot be reopened.
6. Secondly, in the second petition of complaint there is no whisper about the contention raised in the earlier complaint and the order of discharge made therein. Mr. Mukherjee in this connection has referred to the decision reported in 2005 SCC (Cri) 1322 para 21 (Supra). The observation of the Hon’ble Apex Court made in para 21 of the aforesaid decision is quoted hereunder:-
“This apart, the respondent did not also disclose the fact in the criminal revision filed before the High Court that he has also been convicted in another Criminal Case No. 202 of 1997 by the Court of Metropolitan Magistrate, Patiala House, New Delhi. Thus, the contesting respondent has come to the High Court with unclean hands and withholds a vital document in order to gain advantage on the other side. In our opinion, he would be guilty of playing fraud on the Court as well as on the opposite party. A person whose case is based on falsehood can be summarily thrown out at any stage of the litigation. We have no hesitation to say that a person whose case is based on falsehood has no right to
approach the Court and he can be summarily thrown out at any stage of the litigation…………”
The observation of the Hon’ble Apex Court made in the decision reported in (2004)7 SCC 166 para 13 (Supra) is quoted hereunder:- “As a general rule, suppression of a material fact by a litigant disqualifies such litigant from obtaining any relief. This rule has been evolved out of the need of the Courts to deter a litigant from abusing the process of Court by deceiving it. But the suppressed fact must be a material one in the sense that had it not been suppressed it would have had an effect on the merits of the case…………”
7. Since in the subsequent petition of complaint there is no whisper about the earlier petition of complaint followed by the order of discharge of the accused persons, such non-disclosure amounts to suppression of material facts, inasmuch as, had it not been suppressed, it would have an effect on the merits of the case. Following the ratio of the aforesaid decisions, I find that it is a fit case for quashing of the proceedings in the exercise of the jurisdiction under Section 482 Cr.P.C. The application under Section 482 read with Section 300 Cr.P.C. is allowed. Accordingly, the proceedings of Hanskhali P.S. Case No. 281 dated 06.12.2005 under Section 498A/34 I.P.C. pending in the Court of learned Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ranaghat stand quashed.
8. Let a copy of this order be sent to the learned Court below immediately.
9. Urgent Xerox certified copy of this order, if applied for, be handed over to the parties as early as possible.
( Kalidas Mukherjee, J. )
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What does it mean to be (gender) Equality Agnostic?
Gender Equality Agnosticism is a form of Egalitarianism, specifically limited to gender equality. In brief, it is the belief that equality is not a men’s issue, or a women’s issue—it is a human rights issue and therefore needs to be pursued from a standpoint that takes on the position of both sexes.
Equality is defined as: The state or quality of being equal; correspondence in quantity, degree, value, rank, or ability.
Agnostic is defined as: A person who holds neither of two opposing positions on a topic. Socrates was an agnostic on the subject of immortality.
Good Women vs Bad Men—An insight into media gender stereotyping
Any reference to patriarchy in any of our articles is based on the dictionary definition of patriarchy–essentially a societal norm of awarding authority roles to men. EqualityAgnostic.com does not support the second-wave or RadFem definition of patriarchy as a cruel, oppressive male societal construct.
Take a look at the following headline and make your own assumptions. Which gender do you think the teacher is?
‘Sixth-Grade Teacher Charged with Rape of 13 year old boy…’ (actual article here)
At the start of the female revolution, feminists famously led a controversial argument, ‘Maybe god is a woman’. It caused a lot of people to look long and hard at a patriarchal bias to promote power-roles as male, to recognise male achievement and to promote awareness of the male contribution to society. Unfortunately, feminism did not follow that argument through to the next logical conclusion: ‘If god is a woman, then in all likelihood, so is the devil.’
When it comes to societal perception of gender, we are still living with the hangover of this unfortunate norm, a focus on female light and male shadow (—Warren Farrell).
Modern western culture promotes a strong push for the positive recognition of women and a decline in the positive recognition of men. The reasoning behind this is the belief that women need to be empowered to be equal to men and that further positive reinforcement of men as a group only broadens what feminism has defined as a gender power gap. If you’re unsure if this is accurate, type “empowering women” and “empowering men” (use the quote marks for an exact search) into google and see the vast difference in the number of results and the tone of those pages.
Feminism’s push to create choice as to whether women adhere to female gender role (mother/nurterer) combined with a societal norm of continuing to propagate the enforcement of, and obligations attached to, male gender role (protector/provider)—a role that teaches men it is their duty to protect women—creates four powerful media norms in western culture:
- The female good news story.
- The no-gender good news story.
- The male bad news story.
- The no-gender bad news story.
There is an argument that this norm is the failing of the male-gender centricity inherent in all language. There is some merit to this, but take a look at that list again and note the times that gender is deliberately added or omitted. That isn’t just male centric language. This is made worse by the fact that societally we preference bad news over good news, leading to more frequent publicising of bad news stories.
These things combined mean that the headline you are most likely to read when you pick up a paper or search a news site is (see exact search matches at end of article):
‘Gunman slays ten’ 1 rather than ‘Fireman saves ten’.2
On the occasion a good news story appears, you are most likely to see female achievement stories such as ‘First woman arrives at space station.’3
When the story champion is female, we declare sex. When the story perpetrator is male, we declare sex. When the story champion is male, we have a preference of declaring gender neutrality:
‘Firefighter saves ten…’4
When the story perpetrator is female we declare gender neutrality:
‘Teacher rapes student…’5
|Please note that the only reason the female news story is the focus of this image, is that this is the article I clicked on after a google search, a search which displayed title only.|
On the rare occasion that gender neutrality does not occur for the male good news story, we declare an individual, not the male gender:
‘Robert Johnson, the voice for change.’ 6
The outcome of this is a public perception message that ‘a good man’ is the exception and that ‘bad men’ are the norm. Take a look at the statistics at the end of this article and you will get some small insight into why this norm is completely backwards.
This norm influences societal perception of men at the macro and the micro level, and that perception heavily impacts all levels of gender debate and all traction for men’s equality (eg family law) and gender issues. How? Consider some of the following:
- Do you feel the statement “You’re just a girl,” is damaging to women?
- Do you feel the statement, “Be a man,” is damaging to men?
- Do you feel a lack of equal representation in high power jobs is damaging to women?
- Do you feel a lack of equal representation in low power jobs is damaging to men?
- Do you feel female circumcision is damaging to women?
- Do you feel male circumcision is damaging to men?
- Do you feel that 4/5 of rape victims being female, is damaging to women?
- Do you feel that 4/5 of murder victims being male, is damaging to men?
- Do you feel hate crimes like “acid attacks” on women in extremist countries, is damaging to women?
- Do you feel that in those same countries, the fact that sons and fathers are selling their internal organs to fulfil their male gender role of provider, is damaging to men?
Your ability to strongly say ‘yes’ to all of those questions will normally depend on three things: which gender you are, how ingrained you are in gender role and how deeply societal gender perception affects you.
The most common reaction is to have no idea at all of the male counterpart as an issue, and if you do, to assignseverity to those issues and to downplay them, rather than merely accept that the only thing the above list signifies is that both genders experience issues which must be addressed. If you think that last statement might represent you, I’d ask you to take just one of those items—a position that is often deemed to be completely acceptable:
Do you feel male circumcision is damaging to men?
I challenge you to put together any group of uncircumcised men at all, and ask them which of them is in favor of having the end of their penis cut off. See if you can get any takers.
As for severity? I personally don’t debate severity. A debate in severity ends in the emotional validation of one person, and no advancement of anyone’s equality or gender issues.
A fight for female equal rights and the removal of female gender role was only the first step towards gender equality. Until concerted effort is made to end the enforcement of both gender roles, to create equal rights for both genders, to remove both male and female privilege, and to end the negative societal perceptions attached to gender—gender equality will remain an unachievable reality.
Food for thought:
- As of 2007, there were 1,148,500 firefighters in the United States (not including firefighters who work for the state or federal governments or in private fire departments). Of these, 28% are career and 72% are volunteer. This is a career group made up almost 100% by men, with female employee’s primarily filling ‘safe’ support roles.In 2013 America had six mass shootings by six individuals, each spoken of in media as a ‘gunman’.
Compare the number of stories on each, see below:
1 Google search on ‘gunman’ news articles: 47,000 results
2 Google search for ‘fireman saves’ news articles: 331 results
3 Google search on ‘woman achieve’ news articles: 41,800 results
4 Google search for ‘firefighter saves’ = 5,610 results
5 ‘Teacher rapes’ articles: there are over 4000 results for this, but whether they are about a female teacher raping someone you can only tell by going through each article, one at a time. Regardless, the heading gives no indication of gender, the outcome is when a man rapes we name men and ‘men’ are seen as perpetrators, when we neutralise female gender bad news stories the assumption is men are responsible for those acts too because women don’t commit rape. Take a look at the picture of the included article that has the aforementioned ‘teacher rapes story,’ notice the column on the right?…
6 Individual good male articles: Basically impossible to show numbers on as it requires searching one individual male at a time and even then the credit goes to ‘a man’ not to ‘men’.
Courtesy:- Daniel Kroker
Shrimati Maneka Gandhi,
Hon’ble Minister of Women and Child Development,
New Delhi, India.
Young love often reported as rape in our ‘cruel society’ – The Hindu
“I lay the blame for a lot of this at the door of Parliament,” lawyer and leading women’s rights activist Vrinda Grover said.
In January 2013, Seema (name changed), who had moved to Delhi from rural Bihar with her brother went to the Hanuman temple on Delhi’s Panchkuian Road with 19-year-old Sameer (name changed). He put vermilion on her forehead, the couple embraced and now married in their own eyes, they ran away to Sameer’s native village in Samastipur. By May, Seema, now pregnant, was in a court-mandated shelter home for young women visited only by Sameer when he got bail, accused of kidnapping and raping his young love.
The content of 600 court judgements analysed by The Hindu and interviews with complainants, judges and police officers illuminate for this first time the real stories behind the headlines on the national capitals rape statistics.
As Part 1 of the series showed, one-fifth of the trials ended because the complainant did not appear or turned hostile.
Of the cases fully tried, over 40% dealt with consensual sex, usually involving the elopement of a young couple and the girl’s parents subsequently charging the boy with rape. Another 25% dealt with “breach of promise to marry”. Of the 162 remaining cases, men preying on young children in slums was the most common type of offence.
These numbers too do not on their own illuminate the stories behind these numbers; for this, The Hindu interviewed judges, prosecutors, police officers, complainants, accused, lawyers and activists most of them under condition of anonymity because they were not free to publicly discuss confidential rape trials. What emerged were heart-rending stories and the role of the police and judiciary.
‘Teenage love drama’
Of the 460 cases dealing with sexual assault in Delhi’s district courts in 2013 that went to a full trial, 174 involved or seemed to involve runaway young couples like Seema and Sameer, The Hindu found. This was especially true for inter-caste and inter-religious couples.
Across the system, there was some amount of concern and sympathy for these consenting couples, especially among judges. Ruling on Seema and Sameer’s case in October 2013, Additional Sessions Judge Dharmesh Sharma said, “The instant case racks [sic] up a perennial problem being faced by all of us on the judicial side: what should be the judicial response to elopement cases like the instant one… This life drama is enacted, played and repeated everyday in the Police Stations and Courts…” Of the case before him, Judge Sharma noted, “This case is a teenage love drama where our dysfunctional cruel society and the justice system have separated the two love birds and have taught them a bitter lesson.”
“We get innumerable such cases in Lucknow too,” Seema Mishra, lawyer and women’s rights activists with Association for Advocacy and Legal Initiatives (AALI), said. AALI has been at the forefront of the pushing for women’s right to choose sexual relationships, which is at the heart of the 174 cases The Hindu looked at. In case after case, as well as in interviews with The Hindu, the behaviour of the girls’ parents was shocking: they arrive at the hotel the couple has eloped to and drag them home, they beat and even injure the couple (in one case breaking the girl’s spine), they threaten her even with acid, they force her to submit to invasive medical tests and in many cases, even to an abortion.
In Judge Sharma’s case, he was able to acquit Sameer since Seema was over the age of consent for sex at the time – 16 years. However now that the Criminal Law Amendment Act (2013) is in force, the age of consent now stands at 18. “I lay the blame for a lot of this at the door of Parliament,” lawyer and leading women’s rights activist Vrinda Grover said. “By raising the age of consent, they have ensured such cases of consensual sex being called ‘rape’ are just going to multiply.”
Promise of marriage
Judges, prosecutors and police officers tended to be far less sympathetic towards the other major area of concern – the 109 cases which deal with “breach of promise to marry”. The argument used by prosecutors in these cases is that if a woman had sexual relations with a man only under a false promise of marriage by him, her consent was not free as it was obtained through deceit. However in most such cases, showing that the accused never intended to marry the complainant becomes hard to prove, unless he is already married to someone else and hiding it.
“You might say it is wrong, but when the girl’s father comes to the police station and says she has been ruined, a policeman will tend to take the father’s side,” one senior Delhi police explained. More often than not, he said, the FIR was a way to force a man attempting to call off a marriage into going through with it; in a third of such cases The Hindu looked at, the woman deposed in court that they were now married and hence she no longer accused him of rape.
“Your family discovers you have been having relations with a man for five years and now he has called it off because of pressure from his family,” one complainant who lost her case explained. “Before you know what is happening, your father and uncle have gone to the police station and you are forced into this. Everyone tells you that if you do not go along with it, you will never get married,” she said.
“Frankly I think this shouldn’t be counted as rape. It comes from a patriarchal context, from the premium placed on a woman’s chastity. But if we want to talk of women’s agency, we cannot have it both ways,” Ms. Grover said, a sentiment shared by several other feminist lawyers.
Rape as we know it
The 161 remaining cases look a lot closer to what is conventionally referred to as rape. Nearly half of these involved an adult neighbour preying on a minor child of a neighbour or a vulnerable woman sleeping outdoors or alone at home, most took place in slums, and had a conviction rate of over 75%. “Mothers like me have to work all day and are not able to keep an eye on our children,” one mother who secured a conviction in the rape of her three-year-old by a neighbour, said in tears. The medical investigation and courtroom terrified her, the woman said, but her family supported her.
In such cases, the consistent testimony of the complainant played the most important role. Judges were usually willing to convict in the absence of medical evidence, and in one case, Additional Sessions Judge Renu Bhatnagar convicted a man of raping a mentally challenged minor girl even though she was unable to depose in court apart from nodding. However in at least two cases where the complainant admitted that she met the accused alone voluntarily but did not consent to sex, judges disbelieved the woman’s testimony.
The judgement in the December 16 gang-rape formed part of The Hindu’s study and was notable in its length, detail and unprecedented extent of medical evidence. It was one of only 12 rapes heard in 2013 that were alleged to have been perpetrated by strangers, and all of the others pre-dated it.
The stories behind Delhi’s sexual assault statistics indicate that the image created by police statistics alone might be a misleading one.
(This is part two of a three-part series. Part 3 appears tomorrow: The Journey from FIR to Judgement)
More than Society, we all must give a Big Thanks to radical Women activist like #RajKumari, #ShibitaKrishan and all Mombatiwala, who advocated such Unfair, Biased LAW to promote the #Fake Cases, where any girls or Women can term any Men a Rapist only by her Verbal allegations, without any Medical Evidence with out any restrictions of time limit.
Men’s Rights Association and their associated NGO recommended Gender Natural ( replace men/women to person) , Evidence based Criminal law along with a strong Misuse Clause like Lokpal Act to the Government, but all gone in deaf ears till date.
If you make any criminal law Non-bailble , where the FIR can be registered only by Verbal allegations , such LAW will only promote the #Fakecases and#LegalTerrorism, as no one Born in Raja Harish Chandra Family , that they will never lie.
More disturbing our WCD minister without going to details of cases and find the way to protect our Child from wrongly termed rapist , propose to treat the Boys below 18 years old as adult .
Wonder if, our WCD and Government can’t reform a Child, how they will reform a country?
We once again send our proposal to WCD and request to amend the Rape law on Top Priority along with Caution, which we had bring to your notice earlier also.
If you really want the IPC376, #IPC354 should not be misused left, right and center, like the way in 498A/DV act the word “Relative” misused, amend the law as per our suggestion.
Be ready the Rape statistics will be double in next two years and it will became another extortion, blackmailing and easy money earning business for all Advocate, Police and greedy people.
Summary of our Recommendations and Request to meet your MP/MLA/Ministers and demand:
1) Make Rape Law Gender Neutral as in other countries of the globe
2) Relationship cheating cases should not be allowed to be converted into rape cases which suck the scare resources from genuine rape cases.
3) False complaints of Rape cases should be punished severely, so that genuine cases like ‘Nirbhaya’, gets justice.
4) Introduce the much required police reforms and use Technology to increase conviction rates of rape cases and punish those file false cases.
· All references to “Man” or “Woman” must be replaced with the word “Person” or “Whosoever”
· All references to “His” or “Her” to be must be replaced with the word “His or Her”
· All references to “He” or “She” must be replaced with the word “He or She”
· All references to the word ‘Husband” or “Wife” must be replaced with the word “Spouse”
MRA Amol Kurhe
Mens Rights Association
CALCUTTA HC- The future salary not being a tangible corporeal property the same cannot be attached for recovery of the arrear maintenance.
In the case of Md. Jahangir Khan Vs. Mst. Manoara Bibi, reported in 1992 Cri L.J. 83, a Division Bench of our High Court held that the future salary not being a tangible corporeal property the same cannot be attached for recovery of the arrear maintenance.
Form No. J (1)
IN THE HIGH COURT AT CALCUTTA
Criminal Revisional Jurisdiction
The Hon’ble Justice Ashim Kumar Roy
C.R.R. NO. 399 of 2007
Pranati Mukherjee & Anr.
For Petitioners : Mr. Jayanta Nath Saha For O.P. No. 1 : Mr. Subhasish Chakraborty Ms. Shreyashi Biswas
Mr. Soumya Chakraborty
Ms. Sasita Halder
Heard On : August 26th, 2008.
Judgment On : 12-11-2008.
In connection with a maintenance proceeding under Section 125 of the code of Criminal Procedure, the present petitioner was directed to pay a sum of Rs. 2,000/- per month to his wife, the opposite party herein as her monthly maintenance. Since the petitioner allegedly made no payment the wife/opposite party moved an application under Section 125 (3) of the Code of Criminal Procedure before the court concerned for enforcement of the said order and for realization and recovery of the amount due i.e. a sum of Rs. 22,000/- relating to the period from February 2005 to December 2005, which give rise to Misc. Case No. 50 of 2006 and the Learned Additional Presiding Judge, Family Court, Calcutta made an order directing that a sum of Rs. 1,000/- per month be deducted from the pension account of the petitioner and be credited to the savings account of the wife/opposite party on and from January, 2007 during the coming 22 months towards the recovery of arrear maintenance in addition to Rs. 2,000/- per month which has already been directed to be deducted from the pension account of the petitioner towards the payment of future maintenance. The petitioner challenged the said order on the ground in default of payment of maintenance allowance and for recovery of the same the future pension cannot beattached.
2. Heard the learned advocates appearing on behalf of the parties. Perused the impugned order as well as other materials on record. Considered their respective submissions.
3. In the case of Md. Jahangir Khan Vs. Mst. Manoara Bibi, reported in 1992 Cri L.J. 83, a Division Bench of our High Court held that the future salary not being a tangible corporeal property the same cannot be attached for recovery of the arrear maintenance.
4. It may be noted that the Learned Judge also in her order observed that no future income can be attached as she was of the view since same was not salary but was pension to which the petitioner is entitled during her lifetime the same can be attached. In this regard the observations made by the Division Bench of our High Court in the aforesaid case of Md. Jahangir Khan Vs. Mst. Manoara Bibi (supra) would be very relevant and is quoted below; Para 13. “A single Judge of Orissa High Court relying on a Karnataka decision in Rudraiah V. Muddagangamma, 1985 Cri LJ 707 sought to make a synthesis in Surekha V. Ramahari, 1990 Cri LJ 639. His Lordship while agreeing that only tangible corporeal property could be attached held that salary when becomes due was liable to attachment. According to the learned Judge, writ of attachment should remain dormant and would revive at the end of the month. With deep respect to the learned Judge, wecannot accept his view for the foregoing reasons. On similar reasons, we are unable to agree with the finding of the referring Judge.”
5. Thus, the future pension of the petitioner not being tangible and still not been earned by him same cannot be attached.
6. The impugned order is thus set aside and accordingly the criminal revision is allowed.
The Learned Judge is directed to proceed with the matter against the petitioner who is in alleged default of making payment of maintenance allowance and to enforce the order of maintenance in accordance with the provisions of Section 125 (3) of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Both the parties are directed to appear before the court concerned within fortnight from this date and the Learned Magistrate is directed to take necessary steps immediately thereafter. In view of the disposal of the main criminal revision C.R.R. No. 399 of 2007, the application for modification and/or variation of the order dated February 2007 passed by the Hon’ble Mr. Justice P.N. Sinha being CRAN No. 1800 of 2007 stands disposed of.
Urgent xerox certified copy of this judgment, if applied for, be given to the parties, as expeditiously as possible.
( Ashim Kumar Roy, J. )