Men’s rights group demands changes to marital laws

Seeking a responsible role on par with mothers in the upbringing of children from broken homes, men’s rights activists demanded immediate changes in laws to support shared parenting. Members of Children’s Rights Initiative for Shared Parenting (CRISP) and Save Indian Family (SIF-APTS) alleged that the current laws limit a father’s responsibility to only financial matters, while making it mandatory for a child to grow up with his/her mother in case of a separation.

Opposing the current environment, the activists will take out a protest rally with the theme ‘To Stop Gender Biased Laws in Child Custody Matters’ on Saturday at Indira Park.

“There are about four to five lakh cases related to child custody pending in various courts across the country,” informed Kumar Jahgirdar, founder and national president, CRISP.

“The biased divorce laws have to be changed immediately. This will not only discourage separation and bring down divorce rates but also provide healthy environment for children. If a child is brought up without biological father’s involvement, it adversely affects his/her overall personality. The concept of shared parenting is being implemented in about 19 developed countries and it’s working well. We want similar laws introduced in India in such a way that like a mother, even a father is allowed to spend equal time with the kids.”

The activists also demanded that a separate Union Ministry for child rights be formed and de-link the existing Women and Child Development Ministry. Expressing concern that broken homes lead to increased sexual abuses, they also asked the government to strictly implement the ‘Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act’, passed in 2012, by creating awareness on child abuse issues.

Rocky Sabharwal, a member of CRISP Mumbai, said, “During counselling, we have come across many cases where the mother was not interested in the custody of the children but due to the laws, the courts gave her the responsibility of brining up the children. There are cases where the visiting hours of fathers are limited to a few hours in a month. These one-sided laws have to change.”

“If a child is brought up without biological father’s involvement, it adversely affects his/her overall personality.”

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