PWDVA a threat to children, families and society at large, say protestors

Save Indian Family, a voluntary organisation working to promote the cause of gender equity and family harmony, on Sunday, staged a novel protest, seeking protection for men, children and other elders in the family against cases of domestic violence initiated by women complainants.

Over 30 activists gathered on the lawns outside Jubilee Hall in the green environs of the Public Gardens and, displaying placards in support of their demand, started shouting slogans, voicing their stand, in front of TV cameras.

Dissenting against the Protection of Women against Domestic Violence Act (PWDVA), the protestors who included activists Srinivas, Kiran and Venu focussed on how Section 498 (A) of the Indian Penal Code and the Dowry Prohibition Act were being misused by women.

Call to people

The protest was aimed at increasing awareness about the PWDVA and sought people's participation in the ‘Save Family Pledge Movement' being launched on Tuesday, coinciding with the day the Act came into force, October 26, 2006.

They said that PWDVA and other such laws were a threat to children, families and society at large. Victims of such laws quoted studies to show how children who grew in a fatherless home had much higher chances of taking to crime, drug abuse and suffering teenage pregnancy and emotional imbalance.

Where was the law to protect children from domestic violence and abuse from vengeful women who used them as mere pawns to aggrandise their own goals, they protestors alleged.