June 19, 2010
June 18, 2010
Rajhasthan Patrika 17th June Bangalore Edition
English Translation of the news posted below
National Family Harmony Society is opposing the injustice happening to the father in the city due to Family Court. Society’s President P Suresh said that in case of matrimonial disputes like Divorce, the 50% custody of the children should be given o the father instead of 100% to mothers as it is now. He also said that in the family court it takes many years to dispose the cases. Instead of these family courts fast track courts should be opened so that these kind of matters should be disposed fast. While seeking divorce counselors in the family court should counsel both husband and wife about shared parenting. Society is boycotting the family courts on Friday for these demands. More than 100 husbands and fathers in the city are going to participate on this boycott. Apart from this society has made various other demands to give justice to the husbands. It is to be noted that Society is organizing this protest on All India basis in which more than 15000 people will participate.
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.
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.
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.
Average 20 divorces filed every day in four family courts, Bangalore;
15000 cases of divorce are pending in four family courts in Bangalore.
In 2008, alone 5000 cases were filed.
In 2008, 7,526 cases were filed in the Mumbai family court as against 6,761 in 2007. In Delhi, nearly 9,000 cases are filed on an average annually.
There are reasons galore for the rise in divorce cases. Urbanisation and financial stability of both husband and wife are a major reason for increase in divorce. Today’s empowered women are refusing to follow the traditional culture of Indian marriages. Marriage is the biggest form of displacement for any woman as she has to shift from her home (natural habitat) to her husband’s home.