Gone are the days when women attempted to speak up against dowry harassment within households.
The latest anti-dowry crusader in the town is a 35-year-old man. And he is raking up the issue of ‘domestic violence’ faced by ‘men’ in the country.
Santosh Kumar Potadar, a self-proclaimed victim of domestic violence, rode into the capital on Sunday and held a peaceful protest march against the ‘misuse’ of Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code and Section 125 of the Code of Criminal Procedure in the country.
Potadar started his march from Belagavi district of Karnataka on November 19 (International Men's Day) and will end it in New Delhi.
Carrying a poster that read 'Mard ko dard ko bhi hota hai', Potadar says: "I want to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to request him to effect amendments in the Indian Penal Code to prevent the misuse of the dowry act."
Potadar wants the police to conduct narco-analysis and undertake a brain mapping of women who ‘frame’ men in dowry cases.
He also wants the National Commission for Women to be changed as National Commission for Family.
He is demanding that the government establish the National Commission for Men and Ministry of Men's Welfare.
He claims that as a married man is committing suicide every nine minute, a suicide prevention counselling cell and helpline should be opened.
The non-governmental organisation Bhopal Against Injustice (BHAI), which works to resolve family issues, welcomed his move.