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Indian court rules men need protection from domestic violence claims

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'Men’s rights activists scored a significant victory in India recently when the Supreme Court essentially identified them as the victims in domestic violence cases. The judges weren’t making the law gender neutral, however. They stated that Indian women were filing inaccurate claims of domestic violence.

Most of such complaints are filed in the heat of the moment over trivial issues,” read the ruling. It went on to state that women were not visualizing the “implications and consequences” of registering a criminal complaint against their abusive husbands. “Uncalled for arrest may ruin the chances of settlement.”

Women’s groups are furious at what they see as a regressive judgment that prioritizes keeping children in two-parent families over the rights of the woman. Sixteen groups have sent a memorandum to the chief justice of India, demanding that the ruling should be reversed.
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This isn’t the first time the law has been questioned by the courts, however. In 2005, a panel of the Supreme Court called women’s misuse of the provision “legal terrorism.” In 2014, the court also diluted the protocol for arrests under the law, stating that it was putting “bedridden grandmothers and grandfathers of the husband” in jail. Because it’s a civil charge, rather than criminal, and it relates to harassment over dowries, elderly parents of the husband also often face charges.'

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