It's raining pesky daughters-in-law - All India Mother-in-Law Protection Forum ( AIMPF) gets calls from mother in laws victimised by their tormenting bahus
CHANDIGARH: It seems that the city is flooded with troublesome daughters-in-laws. Within a day of its launch, the Chandigarh unit of All India Mother-in-Law Protection Forum ( AIMPF) received at least 55 calls, mostly from harassed women, claiming they were fed up with the torment of their 'bahus'.
Talking to TOI on Monday evening, unit incharge Manjit Puri claimed that the helpline began ringing as early as 6:45am, and the torrent continued throughout the day, with most of the 'victims' breaking down while relating their woeful tales.
The callers were not from the city alone, but extended to Punjab and Haryana and included mothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and even fathers-in-law, she added.
"While praying to save her from the clutches of her daughter-in-law, one caller said that after her only son got married, things were going smoothly till they came to know about his wife's affair that was still not over. In a dramatic bid, the daughter-in-law tried to commit suicide. Later, she shifted to her parent's house and filed a case for abetment," Puri said.
Another distressed caller reportedly told Puri how her daughter-in-law moved out over a minor altercation. "The girl's relatives then beat up her in-laws and left them locked in a room of their house. When they lodged a complaint, the accused were arrested on minor charges but soon let off," Puri related.
She said most of the complaints were about the tilted laws that worked in favour of the daughters-in-law. "When the girl complains, police takes immediate action. But when the boy complaints, authorities hardly take note," she added.
"It is not just the men who suffer due to false cases under 498A (cruelty for dowry). Even their elderly parents and other family members are dragged to the jail," said Puri, who attended most of the 55 calls.
There were heart-rending calls from mothers who said they couldn't bear to see their sons, husbands and other kin insulted in full public view by scheming daughters-in-law.
"I have asked the callers to attend the next meeting of the forum on September 12. The line of action includes talking to legal experts and informing them about our plight," Puri said.
The front, headquartered at Bangalore, was launched on September 6 last year.
The Chandigarh unit began functioning on Sunday.
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