Recently the Hon Minister Smt. Maneka Gandhi ji held her first Facebook Q & A. She answered many questions from Indians eager to interact with her. However we were shocked to see the Honourable minister consider many important issues as either NOT within her ministry (while they were) or as Jokes (while they weren’t) and take very little note of the sufferings of 1000s of boys, mothers and sisters
Here are a few examples of what she said, all from her facebook Q & A, which is open to the public (at least as at the time of this writing)
We are giving the questions and answers and also screen shots of what she said
While questioned what her ministry does for young male children (boys) dropping out of schools, she says that is “NOT under me”… ! Isn’t she the Women and Children minister ? aren’t male children considered children or ? Why is this issue NOT under her ? While “bEti padaO” is being parroted all over, what about the bEtA ?
When asked a simple question about male vs female privileges, she goes on about how males do NOT take care of women and ONLY the government has to !! She makes NO mention of the Rampant misuse of dowry laws, but claims that men and families are regularly killing women for dowry
She claims that men are talking the wife’s kidney and not the son’s when they need a kidney for transplant ! Doesn’t the Hon Minister know that many matches including blood, genetic matching and age etc are to be considered while transplanting kidneys ? !! Does she advocate taking away the kidney of some 10 year old kid because a 50 year old father needs it ? will it match and fit a grown up man ?
When asked about a MEN’s ministry or Ministry for all humans without discrimination, she calls that a joke !! Question “….Do you think there should be a ministry for men who works for the welfare of development of men? or i would like not to create biasedness in society, the ministry should be named to Ministry for HUMANS…” she just quips “……Another joke ??….”
When asked about women being independent, women being self reliant and using their education, vis a vis just claiming maintenance , she claims even educated women should get maintenance !!
When asked about the legal rights of males and females in marriage, she claims that the males have MORE rights in the marriage !! We do NOT know which act or which law the honorable minister is referring to ! In India, either the matrimonial legislation is geneder neutral or they favour the women !! We haven’t come about any laws that are specifically favouring the males !! Either the Hon minister is unaware of huge problems faced by men or she does NOT care !!
The list is too long ! We are really pained by what the Hon minister has said
At one point the Hon Minister was asked the misuse of 498a, she conveniently states that 498a was enacted much before she came to power ! Of course we know 498a was enacted much before she came to power and we know that 498a is rampantly misused. But the question is what is the Hon Minister doing to correct / remedy the situation. Is this government just a copy of the earlier government ? don’t you want to right the wrongs ?
Many Honourable courts, many Jurists including the Ex CJI have come out in the open saying sec 498a IPC and similar laws are heavily misused. The government itself has tried to sensitize the lower level funtionaries of this menace … 80000 men commit suicide every year in India and that’s approx 2 times the number of females. Indian Men within the 19 to 30 age group have the highest suicide rates in the world ! The Tihar jail has a complete section where elderly women and sister in laws are arrested and jailed !! the Hon Supreme court has said that up to 1 Lakh women are arrested under 498a !!
We are shocked that in spite of all this the Hon minister has taken a view that men’s ministry is a joke and the misuse in 498a is just like the misuse elsewhere
There are at least 40 cases in which the Honourable courts including the Supreme court have categorically stated that matrimonial laws, and especially 498a is misused . Many judgements have clearly stated the remedy. We are pained that the Hon minister has NOT considered any of these !
We only hope that Shri Modi Ji who has been championing and working very had to Sab Ki Saath, Sab ka vikas becomes a reality for the hardworking men of India, the soldiers who protect us day in and day out !!