Thursday, May 2, 2013

Divorcee's right on Ex Husband's Property,Inherited/Aquired Zee News 01 May 2013

Divorcee's right on Ex Husband's Property,Inherited/Aquired.

Debate on Zee News 01 May 2013

Panelists Included

Teena Sharma, Social acivist, All India Forgotten Women's Association (AIFWA)
Jyoti Tiwari, Social Activist, All India Forgotten Women's Association (AIFWA)
Sanjay Parikh, Senior SC Lawyer

Should wife get share in husband's property. Marriage Law amendment. NDTV 24x7 01 may 2013

Should wife get share in husband's property. Marriage Law amendment. NDTV 24x7 01 may 2013

Panelists include

Rajan Bhasin from Save Indian Family Foundation
Aparna Chandra , Asst professor , National Law University Delhi
Flavia Agnes, Senior Feminist lawyer
Sanjay Patra, BJP Member

Marriage law amendment Bill - Wife's right on Husband's ancestral property NDTV INDIA

Marriage law amendment Bill - Wife's right on Husband's ancestral property NDTV INDIA 01may13

Deepika Narayan  Bhardwaj , Save Indian family Foundation
Geeta Luthra, senior lawyer Supreme court of India
Kirti Singh, Feminist lawyer
Ranjana Kumari, Feminist from CSR

The other side of dowry disputes - MASHAAL

The other side of dowry disputes

Fifty-three-year-old Damyanti Sharma still shudders at the thought of the night she had to spend at a police station last year. A former school teacher, she never imagined that realizing her long-cherished dream of seeing her only son married would one day turn into her family's worst nightmare. "We treated our daughter-in-law like a daughter. The first two years were smooth. However, soon the fights started and she eventually walked out in 2011. Even though we never abused her or even took dowry, we were implicated in a false dowry harassment case. Since then, our life has only been about legal hassles and visiting courts," Damyanti claimed.

Every Sunday, a group of women in situations similar to Damyanti's gather at Borivli and Mulund to discuss the atrocities committed on them under women-centric laws such as the Dowry Act (498-A) and the Domestic Violence Act. These women are not "victims" under the law but like Damyanti are those who face prosecution, after their daughters-in-law and sisters-in-law file complaints against them. This situation has led to the birth of a group called Mothers and Sisters of Husband Against Abuse of Law (MASHAAL), a part of a nationwide forum called the Indian Family Foundation (IFF).

The forum is fighting against what it calls "criminalization of marital disputes". The forum alleges that of late, it has become a fashion for a wife's family to threaten the husband's family with false dowry and maintenance cases if their demands are not met.

"The disambiguation lies in the word 'women' in such laws, which actually implies just wife. The laws seem to be immune to mothers and sisters of the husband. Their problems in such situations also need amplification," says Jinesh Zaveri, an activist and a co-founder of MASHAAL.

For a 61-year-old Dahisar-based architect, the act of helping such distressed families has helped him and his 31-year-old son deal with their own legal battle. "While helping these people, I never ever thought that we would end up in such a situation," he says. His son, who was a computer engineer in the Middle East, lost his job as a consequence of the false complaint filed by his daughter-in-law's family, he alleged. "Her family was against the idea of her marrying outside the community and hence they took her back and filed the complaint to harass us and extort money," he says.

Both father and son were granted bail soon after being detained.

A reason for the misuse of such laws, say legal experts, is the manner in which such laws are framed and the state machinery involved in executing them.

"Though women-centric laws are welcome and the need of the hour, one must bear in mind that they cannot be framed under pressure and in the absence of a rationale. The laws must be such that while women can get the maximum benefit, there is very little room for ambiguity and misuse," a lawyer said.

He adds that the police also needs to be sensitized on how to handle such cases and that these cases must be registered and arrests made only after conducting investigations.