Needo-protection of men against cruelty by women in Bharat
Prof Madan Mohan Goel
It is a known reality that domestic violence in our beloved Bharat is taking place not only against women but many men are the victims of their wives. There is some if not much evidence of domestic violence against men by women with ego, anger, and greed. According to National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) there were 164033 suicides in India during 2021 out of which 81063 cases were married men and only 28680 women. Bharat dreaming to be Swarnim towards 2047 stands third in terms of men being beaten by women. I know some cases of this kind personally.
There are many laws for the protection of women in Bharat but sadly no such laws for the protection of men. There is gender discrimination in all sectors including social, economic, and political with respect to men and women. Several times men are abused with cruelty but sadly they do not report their grievances in Bharat blamed for being pro-men.
It has to be noted a number of cases against men go unreported. There are considerable numbers of women with polluted mindsets who harshly, humiliate, and threaten men and file false cases with revengeful attitudes against manhood, and implicate men under the Domestic Violence Act. There are many cases reported in the media that which men are beaten, harassed, and slapped by women.
It is common now to file false cases by women against men under the Domestic Violence Act and ask for maintenance amount and use a minor child as a petitioner to enhance this amount.
We cannot close our eyes against the cruelty of men by women. There are many families being destroyed by the women misusing and abusing domestic violence act. There are very few organizations to protect the men victims and the law does not hear such complaints.
It is not possible to conclude that 100 percent of men are defaulters but sadly called men against women. Justice demands that men should also be heard in the courts of law. After all, they are also the citizens of Bharat to be Swarnim towards 2047 with fundamental rights and duties. Men victimized by women also deserve empathy ( if not sympathy).
Men play an important role in the family as a social institution as fathers work day and night to earn a livelihood. It is wrong to treat men as villains in the eyes of the law. All men are not devils and all women are not to be worshipped as Devi. Human Rights should listen to the plight of men as victims of women. Without proper investigations men cannot be blamed The process of justice must listen to the victims including men too. Given the existing laws in my beloved Bharat dreaming to be Swarnim, there are no laws that protect men from intimate partner violence, under the Indian Penal Code of 1860, Section 498A explains that a man can only be held liable for practicing violence against his wife, there is no provision in the whole Act which makes the women responsible of violence and cruelty.
Violence against men by women has become a common issue of discussion and debate in Bharat today. This includes economic, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, as well as psychological abuse that harms a person’s psychological and physical health. Men as well as women are victims of gender-based violence.
We must know the reasons why domestic violence against men is not recognized in any law in Bharat. However, contrary to popular belief, the number of men, being psychologically and physically abused by women is sadly increasing with high speed.
It has to be noted that Section 3 of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act of 2005 states that it only protects women from such violence. No rule in the Act protects men from such violence. Having such a law gives a presumption that, men are always guilty, while women, on the other hand, are always innocent.
According to a sample survey of 1,000 married men aged 21 to 49 in rural Haryana reported in Times of India, one in ten men aged 18 and above has experienced domestic violence. The research study reveals that men as well are the victims of such violence and not only women.
Everyone is subject to human rights and gender equality. Article 14 of the Indian Constitution guarantees citizens the fundamental right to equal treatment, and Article 15 prohibits discrimination based on religion, race, sex, caste, or place of birth. The Indian Constitution states that all citizens have the right to life and liberty.
There is an urgent need to enact gender-neutral laws so that perpetrators irrespective of their gender can be punished and victims can get justice. To prevent and reduce domestic violence in this field, gender-neutral laws must be applied and sexist laws must be amended if not abolished in Bharat to be Swarnim towards 2047. There is a strong case for reviewing, amending, and enacting constitutional rights in modern times when marriage as a social institution is under threat. No one can deny the gender neutrality of the soul in the physical bodies of men and women with red colour running in the veins. Thus, it is necessary to make the needo- changes in the prevailing laws to be gender neutral ensuring the needo-protection of men against cruelty. The needo-domain of cruelty is the topic of research in Swarnim Bharat with a sense of justice. We must avoid regretting the past and predict the future of Swarnim Bharat in all aspects of life including cruelty against men with needo-laws for their protection.
* Former Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr Madan Mohan Goel is known as propounder Needonomics School of Thought and is superannuated Professor of Kurukshetra University. He has 44 years of teaching and 17 years of administrative experience including Vice-Chancellor, Starex University, Gurugram, Jagannath University Jaipur, Director-cum-Vice-Chancellor Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Sriperumbudur (RGNIYD- An Institution of National Importance) appointed by President of India, Pro Vice-Chancellor Veer Kunwar Singh University Ara (State University of Bihar), Dean of Colleges & Social Sciences, Chairman, Dept. of Economics & Dept. of Journalism at Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra (KUK)..