Gender Bender

Equality in Responsibility

A gentleman will open doors, pull out chairs and carry things, not because she’s helpless or unable to do the same, but because he wants to show her that she is valuable and worthy of respect.

That brings us to a very pertinent question ‘Gender Equality.’ In today’s times it assumes gigantic proportions and much wider connotations, considering there has been a scenario reversal. For that we need to peek into history.

Since time immemorial generally most civilisations have been patriarchal with man being deemed as the protector of a woman’s dignity and modesty. However, perversion soon seeped into society and women were relegated to the background as mere spectators. Countries were constantly fighting wars and women were considered their prize trophies. Women now became the tormented lot. Eventually when we view women’s laws from this perspective, we see they have always been tilted in their favour because generally they have always been the marginalised section.

But we as a society have undergone a sea change. With more awareness and freedom of choice – men and women both are breaking new grounds. So much so that the perpetrators have become the preyed. The statutes have been exploited to serve the ulterior motive of a few sections. In a role reversal these men have become the voiceless victims in a society which is heavily prejudiced against them.

Thus the SAVE INDIAN FAMILY FOUNDATION was born. It is a men’s rights group in India and member of the umbrella organisation SAVE INDIAN FAMILY. The primary goal of SIFF is to put an end to the epidemic of false dowry, false domestic violence and false rape cases in India, to create gender neutral laws and end discrimination of men. They seek to provide mental peace and guidance for marital problems through their vast experience in the field and abolish stereotypes associated with men in general.

They have successfully conducted five nationwide campaigns against the Marriage Amendment Bill in 2010 and the introduction of Irretrievable Breakdown of Marriage as a ground for divorce, under the Marriage Law Amendment Bill in 2012. This organization and its members have also opposed efforts to criminalise marital rape in India, arguing that ‘No relationship will work if these laws are enforced’.

Their activities have come under severe criticism from feminist organisations who argue that the group promotes traditional legal and social privileges for men at the expense of Indian women. But the truth stands at the fact that when we talk of gender equality everyone should get a fair chance to project their side and no gender bias should take place.

Every year on the 15th of August, SIFF conducts national meet at one of the Indian cities where members across India converge and discuss on a national agenda.

TRUE EQUALITY IS NOT THE SUPERIORITY OF WOMEN, BUT THE EQUAL STATUS OF MEN AND WOMEN. IF YOU WANT EQUALITY DON’T EXPECT TO BE TREATED LIKE A PRINCESS; EQUAL RECOGNITION MEANS EQUAL RESPONSIBILITY.

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