INDORE: This may come as a solace for those who have been victims of spousal abuse--men in this case.
Forum Against Misuse of Section 498 (A), (FAMUS 498 (A)) an Indore-based NGO, will take up the pre-launch promotion of a movie, 498(A) - The Wedding Gift, based on the lives of men who have been falsely implicated by their wives under The Dowry Prohibition Act. The movie is produced by the controversial presenter of the one-time popular TV show -- India's Most Wanted - Suhaib Ilyasi.
"We are holding the pre-launch promotional activity of the film in Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur and Bhopal from March 12," NGO convener Ashok Dashora, said. A cycle rally will also be taken out in the four cities. He said T shirts and Anna topis with FAMUS 498 (A) imprinted on them will be distributed to more than 250 volunteers.
Around 1,200 members are enrolled with the NGO since it came into existence in July last year. "People across the state, Maharashtra and even NRIs are enrolled with us. We intend to reach out to as many people as possible in coming days," Dashora said. All members of the NGO have directly or indirectly suffered due to the misuse of the Act, he said.
Apart from helping innocent people, who become victims of Act's misuse, the NGO has also been counselling couples to help them resolve issues out of court. "We have been successful so far in helping 12 couple call a truce and reunite," Dashora said. Prominent personalities, including former high court judges and MP Sumitra Mahajan, have extended their support to the organization, he added.
Talking to TOI over phone from Mumbai, Ilyasi said the movie is inspired by the NGO and some real-life cases that need to highlighted to show the repercussions of falsely implicating people under the punitive Act. "The movie, made with a budget of Rs 5 crore, would be released in April," he said.
Ilyasi himself was booked under Section 498 (B) of the Act. He is an active member of FAMUS 498 (A) and has been participating in the meetings of the NGO.