Men demand union ministry for their welfare, gender neutral laws, time-bound settlement of matrimonial cases and launch National Litigant Bench (NLB)
August 15th, 2010
Chennai, Aug 15 (IANS) Over 100 men’s rights activists who held two-day deliberations at Tamil Nadu’s Yercaud hill station have demanded a separate union ministry for men’s welfare and fast-track courts for deciding matrimonial cases.
The delegates at the conference also sought amendments to various laws to make them gender neutral and demanded time-bound settlement of matrimonial cases in courts.
Manoj David, an activist, told IANS: “The conference passed a resolution demanding the union government to form a separate ministry for men’s welfare.”
“The conference also passed a resolution demanding substitution of words husband/wife with spouse in all laws. We also want the words man or woman occurring in laws to be replaced with the word person,” he said.
According to him, the judiciary should decide all matrimonial cases within two years.
“In matrimonial cases, the youth and vitality of the disputing parties are also involved. Delaying such cases will affect their lives beyond repair. Hence, such cases have to be settled by courts in a time bound manner. Setting up of fast track courts to try matrimonial cases is our demand,” David said.
The conference also passed several other resolutions and saw the launch of the National Litigant Bench (NLB) to help litigants in knowing their rights so that they are protected from undue judicial delays.
Members belonging to around 22 NGOs from different parts of the country participated in the conference.
The members celebrated the country’s 64th Independence Day as sugarless, day drinking coffee and tea sans sugar.
The conference was organised by Bangalore-based Save Indian Family Foundation (SIFF).