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June 20, 2010

Fight for the rights of the father – 20 june rajsahthan patrika

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NFHS submits MEMO to CJ Dinakaran

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Nationwide Boycott of the Family Courts

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Nationwide Boycott of the Family Courtsby IndiaPRwire – Press/News Releases on June 16, 2010

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NFHS is joining a Nationwide Boycott of the Family Courts called for by All India Men’s Welfare Association (AIMWA) on 18 June 2010 as a sign of protest against the Family Court system which blatantly discriminates against fathers, heartlessly separates them from and prevents their access to their own biological children.

June 16, 2010 /India PRwire/ — About National Family Harmony Society®: “National Family Harmony Society®” NFHS is a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) promoting the cause of “family harmony” and “gender equality”. It is registered under “The Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1960” and is based in Bangalore. We have branches in more than 16 states and in abroad too. We have approximately 14500 members all over India. To know more about us please visit http://www.family-harmony.org / http://www.498a.org.in.

NFHS is joining a Nationwide Boycott of the Family Courts called for by All India Men’s Welfare Association (AIMWA) on 18 June 2010 as a sign of protest against the Family Court system which blatantly discriminates against fathers, heartlessly separates them from and prevents their access to their own biological children.

We concur with the recent observation of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India that “the Hindu Marriage Act is breaking more families than uniting”. We would like to add that the worst sufferers of the Indian Family Court system are fathers and children.

Indian Family Courts have declared a war against fathers and are adopting every possible means to create a “Fatherless Society”. The modus operandi of the Family Courts includes:

 

  • Depriving fathers of the right to love and care for their biological children.
  • Forcing fathers to pay huge sums of money to support children they are not allowed to see.
  • Encouraging false allegations of abuse to paint fathers as unfit parents.
  • Permitting multiple legal battles by mothers to eliminate biological fathers from their children’s lives.
  • Passing ex-parte orders based solely on the allegations made by a child’s mother.
  • Allowing mothers to brazenly disobey visitation orders without legal repercussions to her.
  • Allowing biological fathers to be labelled “kidnappers” for trying to make contact with their own children.
  • Prolonging custody/visitation matters for years, thereby driving fathers into financial and emotional bankruptcy and forcing them to give up the desire to see their children.

It is time everyone recognizes that:

– Denying access to one’s own biological children is abuse of human rights.

– Depriving children of the love and care of their biological father is abuse of children’s rights.

NFHS hereby registers its vehement protest against the separation of fathers from their biological children, and the concomitant violation of Human Rights perpetrated by the Family Court system against fathers and children.

NFHS shall continue to agitate against the Family Court system until the following demands are met:

  • Special fast-track courts should be set up at the earliest to deal with custody issues.
  • Exclusive, fully functioning Divisional Bench should be set up in all High Courts and Supreme Court to hear appeals in matters of child custody.
  • When a person or couple approaches court for divorce, counseling of the parents by professional counselors should be given first priority.
  • Except in extreme cases of violence or unhealthy behavior by either partner, children should be given equal and meaningful access to both parents and grandparents on both sides.
  • Both parents should be given financial responsibility of the child proportionate to their earnings and not based on demands made by either partner.
  • If a partner prevents a child from having equal and meaningful contact with the other partner, they should be counseled first to understand the importance of equal parenting and the best interest of a child.
  • If either partner repeatedly disobeys orders of equal access and meaningful contact with children, then the children should be placed in the full custody of the partner who will allow equal access to the other parent.
  • Similar to the way the granting of maintenance to an estranged wife is made as a rule irrespective of whether she erred or not, granting 50% parenting should be made as a rule irrespective of whether the father is paying the maintenance or not, whether he has erred or not.
  • 50% child custody should be a Right of the Father rather than an option. 50% child custody should be started from the 2nd year of the child. No father should be rejected of the 50% child custody even if he is a criminal.
  • Maintenance should be denied to the wife if she rejects 50% child custody to the father.
  • Family Courts should ensure that Child will not be used as a bargaining tool for maintenance & alimony by the wife.

NFHS hereby calls upon all fathers to

– Join our Nationwide Boycott of Family Courts on 18 June 2010 as a symbol of protest against the creation of a fatherless society!

– Sign our Petition listing out the changes we demand from the Family Court system in child custody matters!

– Refuse to pay maintenance and child support unless the aforementioned demands are met!

Settle for nothing less than free and fair access to their children and an equal opportunity to build a meaningful relationship with their children!

Helpline operated by NFHS in Bangalore…

  • 9880141531, P Suresh, President, Family Harmony Society
  • 9731569970, M Mahesh, General Secretary, Family Harmony Society

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Notes to Editor

For more information please contact…

P Suresh, President, M Mahesh, General Secretary,

9880141531 9731569970

You are also requested to visit…

www.498a.org.in / www.family-harmony.org

For more information, please contact:
P Suresh (President, FHS) (L) 9880141531, (M) 9880141531

Memo seeking justice to dads in marital discord

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First Published : 20 Jun 2010 05:29:09 AM IST
Last Updated : 20 Jun 2010 09:22:16 AM IST

 

BANGALORE: In view of the upcoming Fathers’ Day, the National Family Harmony Society, a city-based NGO submitted a memorandum to Chief Justice of the High Court PD Dinakaran on Saturday, seeking justice for fathers and children separated due to marital discords.

The memorandum demanded reforms in mediation and counselling. The NHFS demanded that advocates should be barred from the mediation process in family court as mandated by the Family Courts Act.

The NGO demanded that no in-camera and chamber proceedings should be held unless absolutely necessary and the purpose should be duly recorded in the court register. The memorandum asked the courts to order perjury and contempt proceedings in case of exaggerated statements and false allegations or affidavits related to cruelty.

Spouses making false allegations should be punished under the appropriate sections of the IPC.

Fathers Day Rally – TOI Coverage-Endless agony for daddy dears

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Endless agony for daddy dears

— Priyanka Kumari
TIMES NEWS NETWORK

Bangalore: “Even before prosecution, I have been sentenced for life. Living away from my child is like a punishment”, said Pradeep Kumar (name changed). Blessed with a loving son, his was a happy married life. In 2002, his company transferred him to Mumbai. He shifted on the pretext that his wife would join him in six months, after he is settled. That never happened. His life fell apart. Now, the couple is divorced and the wife has the custody of the child.
   “Since 2005, I have been separated from my child. I haven’t had the chance to spend even a week with him. I met him for a day or two, which was possible when my in-laws were here because that was the assigned venue. In January they shifted to some other city. Now I am not even allowed that”, he said with a heavy voice.
   On the eve of Fathers Day, people from various walks of life — senior citizens, harassed husbands and single fathers — got together to protest against creation of fatherless society.
   “Shared access of the child is what we demand. When women can work then why can’t fathers be homemakers? Separated couples should continue to be friends, for the child’s sake”, said Kumar Jahgirdar, president, Children’s Rights Initiative for Shared Parenting (CRISP), an NGO.
   Added P Suresh, another father separated from his child, “There should be equal rights for both parents, keeping necessities of the child in mind. Special fasttrack courts should be set up for such cases. The cases normally drag for 10-15 years and by that time a child is grown up, ready to start his/her own family”.
   “Our aim is to sensitize the judiciary. We have been submitting memorandum to the judges. A child needs both parents. Visitation permits given to fathers are like weekend television programme for two hours. This must change,” said Virag Dhulia, PRO, Save Indian Family Foundation.

MOTHERS-IN-LAW PROTEST TOO
Neena Dhulia, president, Karnataka Mother In-Law Association, protesting at the rally organized by CRISP said: “Fathers are the silent sufferers. The Dowry Act and the Domestic Violence Act are at times used on innocent people. The loopholes in these Acts are misused to harass families. Is there any law to protect us from this? When a child is in the custody of the mother, the in-laws are also denied access to him. ”

 On eve of Father’s Day, harassed husbands, single dads protested against creation of a fatherless society.

NFHS submits memorandum to Dinakaran

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Bangalore, June 18 (PTI) In view of upcoming Father’s Day, the National Family Harmony Society, a city-based NGO, promoting family harmony, has submitted a memorandum to Chief Justice of Karnataka P D Dinakaran seeking justice for fathers and children separated due to marital discords.

The memorandum demanded reforms in mediation counselling and pleadings.

The NHFS demanded the presence of and pleadings by advocates in the family Court and mediation process be eliminated as mandated by the Family Courts Act.

Persons who are professionally qualified and have a balanced perspective on family and society should be appointed as counsellors and mediators.

No in-camera and chamber proceedings should be held unless absolutely necessary and the purpose duly recorded in the Court register.

Courts should order perjury and contempt proceedings in case of exaggerated statements and false allegations or affidavits related to employment, earnings, cruelty etc. When such allegations are proved to be false, the memorandum said.

Spouses making false allegations should be punished under the appropriate sections of the Indian Penal Code.

In child custody matters, family Courts should ensure that both parents are given equal custody of children irrespective of the accusations of either party (such as a mother being adulterous or a father being a drunkard).

It also suggested steps to be immediately taken by Family Courts across the country to uphold the rights of fathers and ensure the welfare of children, including setting up of special fast-track courts to deal with custody issues.

For them, fatherhood is a fact

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For them, fatherhood is a fact
Bangalore, June 19 DHNS

For those who believe in the dictum, ”Motherhood is a fact, fatherhood is a hypothesis”, parenting is a woman’s domain.
   
The general notion is that mother understands and cares for her child, while the fathers are not ‘equipped’ to bring up children. Deccan Herald spoke to single fathers and finds out their experience.

“Apart from the biological child-bearing part, I think parenting is an acquired art. The situation kind of moulds you. Every parent wants to do his or her best to see that their child is raised in the best possible way,” believes T C Sajit, who has raised his 12-year-old daughter since she was 18-months. Sajit lost his wife to a car accident and has been doing his best to see that his daughter doesn’t miss her mother.

With his parents living with him, Sajit has it a little easy but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t made any adjustments. The regional head of Tata Teleservices states he tries to spend as much time as possible with his daughter, Smriti.

“I don’t bring home work on Saturday or Sunday. All the Parent Teacher Meetings are a must and I usually go for official tour during the school days and that too, day trips,” he says. Every night after dinner the father and daughter spend an hour together where they catch up on their days’ activities. And during vacation, he takes her along on official trips.

So, hasn’t his family ever pressurised him to get remarried?

“My family had broached the topic many a times. But I don’t think either of us have felt the need for another person. We are content the way we are. But we are keeping the option open,” he said.

Meanwhile, for Father’s Day, Smriti took her father to a mall and asked him to buy anything he felt like within the budget of her pocket money – Rs 10,000. Sujit picked up a headphone for himself.

Custodial issues

With divorce rates in the country steadily going north, there are many fathers, who are in the midst of custodial battle for their children. These fathers have limited access to see their child/children and in most cases only have visiting rights to see them.

“I filed the custody application in 2006 but till today I have not been able to see my own blood. If this continues I will see my son only when he attains 25 years of age,” Suresh, president of National Family Harmony Society, says. It’s a devastating experience for fathers, who cannot live with their own child. “Mother is a ‘want’ and Father is a ‘need’,” says Raju (name changed), who is divorced and is allowed to see his daughter only on Sundays. Yet, he feels extremely happy and lucky as he will be able to meet his daughter on Father’s day.

“A father is better than 100 teachers to guide the children,” says Kumar Jahgirdar, President of CRISP India (Children’s Rights Initiative For Shared Parenting). The NGO looks into the issues of “parental alienation” that affect children of divorced or separated couples.

Men take up cudgels against prolonged court procedMen take up cudgels against prolonged court procedures

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Men take up cudgels against prolonged court procedures

In the run-up to Father’s Day, the All India Men’s Welfare Association (AIMWA), Hyderabad, has called for a nationwide boycott of the family courts on Friday as a sign of protest against the poor performance of family courts in India.

The agitation — being organised by groups in Hyderabad, Lucknow, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore — is aimed at creating awareness of what they allege is the discrimination against fathers in custody cases.

 Boycotting courts : Said P. Suresh, president, National Family Harmony Society (NFHS): “We want to boycott the courts to protest against the injustice done to fathers on a regular basis. Most divorce cases are prolonged, and judgments delivered years later.”

Speaking of his own situation, Mr. Suresh said his case, which began in 2006, hasn’t reached the cross examination stage even after four years.

“I’m allowed to see my child every alternate Saturday for two hours: this is not a meaningful relationship with your child,” he said.

 Child custody : The AIMWA and the NFHS and other organisations across the country are also submitting a petition to amend the procedure by which child custody cases are dealt with in family courts and members will not pay maintenance till their demands are met.

When asked to elaborate, Mr. Suresh said: “We will pay all expenses — including school fees and books — but we won’t pay child support as this is a monetary provision that is consistently misused.”

 Fast track courts : The NFHS is demanding that fast track courts be instituted to deal with custody cases, that a separate Divisional Bench be set up in the High Courts and Supreme Court to address appeals on custody matters, that the shared parenting concept be incorporated in judgments, and counsellors appointed in all child custody matters.

 

June 19, 2010

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NFHS submits memorandum to Dinakaran

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Bangalore, June 18: In view of upcoming Father’s Day, the National Family Harmony Society, a city-based NGO, promoting family harmony, has submitted a memorandum to Chief Justice of Karnataka P D Dinakaran seeking justice for fathers and children separated due to marital discords.

The memorandum demanded reforms in mediation counselling and pleadings.

The NHFS demanded the presence of and pleadings by advocates in the family Court and mediation process be eliminated as mandated by the Family Courts Act.

Persons who are professionally qualified and have a balanced perspective on family and society should be appointed as counsellors and
mediators.

No in-camera and chamber proceedings should be held unless absolutely necessary and the purpose duly recorded in the Court register.

Courts should order perjury and contempt proceedings in case of exaggerated statements and false allegations or affidavits related to employment, earnings, cruelty etc. when such allegations are proved to be false, the memorandum said.

Spouses making false allegations should be punished under the appropriate sections of the Indian Penal Code.

In child custody matters, family Courts should ensure that both parents are given equal custody of children irrespective of the accusations of either party (such as a mother being adulterous or a father being a drunkard).

It also suggested steps to be immediately taken by Family Courts across the country to uphold the rights of fathers and ensure the welfare of children, including setting up of special fast-track courts to deal with custody issues.

Exclusive, fully functioning Divisional Bench should be set up in all High Courts and Supreme Court to hear appeals in matters of child custody, the memorandum said.

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