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A woman activist who fights for men’s rights!

HT Correspodent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, July 22, 2013
First Published: 11:31 IST(22/7/2013) | Last Updated: 11:34 IST(22/7/2013)

She is an activist with a difference.

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Dr Indu Subhash of Lucknow took Bareilly by storm on Sunday as she rooted for the rights of men in the country and advocated formation of a National Men’s Commission.

Her fight against “gender-biased laws” drew massive response from the people here, including women, who volunteered to take up the cause at their level.

“All laws are gender-biased and spoiling the lives of men. There are a number of men who commit suicide as laws, which should ideally be building families, are becoming the reason for their breakdown,” said Subhash, a Ph D in women’s studies, addressing a gathering held at Novelty Crossing.

“All laws are meant for protection of women, who are misusing them to harass men. For example, in the case of separation due to ‘irretrievable breakdown of marriage’, women are entitled to get half the share in her husband’s parental property. Is this right?” she asked.

Similar is the story with anti-rape law that, according to Subhash, gives immense power to women to misuse it like the domestic violence and dowry act. “And police are acting as a major tool in the misuse of the law,” she added.

Subhash urged the youths here to fight against the introduction of this bill, which is in the process of becoming a law.

Subhash, currently serving as a principal in a college in Sultanpur, started her fight in 2007 when her brother became a victim of one such law.

“My sister-in-law lost her mental stability after the death of her son and committed suicide. But, my brotherin-laws blamed our family for the murder and lodged an FIR under the dowry act. My whole family was tortured and put behind bars for nothing,” recalled Subhash.


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