By: Sanjeev Verma
Has your better half become the bitter half of your life? Are you a tortured husband, falsely booked into a dowry case or under domestic violence act and there is no one to pay heed to your side of the story?
In the recent years, such incidents have taken a steep rise in numbers, in every social society all over India, where Himachal Pradesh is not an exception. Many cases have been reported in different parts of Himachal also, where women have misused the dowry law, which is actually meant for their protection. But it’s an irony that the law takes into cognizance, prima facie, violence against women only, as they have got the tag of being the weaker section of the society. But what about men?
Man Cell or Patni Atyaachar Virodhi Morcha (PAVM) is an organisation working for the cause of harassed husbands. Man Cell, which was established in 1982 by R P Chugh, a Supreme Court advocate and president of Man Cell, has branches at many places all over the country. He himself has been a victim of women since his childhood and campaigns against the anti dowry legislations, specially section 498-A of IPC and the Domestic Violence Act, as he feels that these laws are biased and violate basic human right of equality before law. Man Cell believes that there is no use of making new laws as existing laws are sufficient. He feels, there is a need to amend such existing laws as they only speak of the harassment of women and not of men.
According to Chugh, Man Cell receives an average of ten calls on daily basis from across the country, where the harassed husbands can be heard literally crying and struggling with mental agony. Man Cell’s main motive is to bring to the notice of the government that how women are misusing Section 498-A of the IPC and Domestic Violence Act and how the husbands and their relatives are being implicated and blackmailed in false cases, in India, by their mischievous wives and daughter-in-laws.
Our society is conditioned to believe that a husband can never be harassed by his wife. People still find it uncomfortable to accept that a woman can harass a man. Chugh explains that the list of his clients includes officers from IAS, IPS, judiciary, businessmen and people from corporate sectors, who feel embarrassed because of their social status, as to what the people would say if they come to know that they are being harassed by their wives. Chugh says that there are several organisations working for women but there is hardly any working for men.
Chugh further adds that there are many cases where the wives are sufferers, so the Man Cell only fights genuine cases and first of all it tries to bring both parties together and sort out the problems amicably. There are women, who most of the times file cases under somebody’s influence or are misled by their parents. So every step is taken to convince them to get back on the track and compromise, as going to overburdened courts could be futile. It is not only the couple who suffer, but parents and children too have to suffer along, he adds.
Contact Man Cell:
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Man Cell, BH-712-A, Shalimar Bagh, Delhi – 110 088