The Hon’ble Chief Justice
High Court of Karnataka
Sub: Request for permission to hold Protest and Boycott Family Courts on 18 June 2010 (the Friday before Fathers’ Day)
All India Men’s Welfare Association (AIMWA) is an organization formed to protect the Constitutional and Human Rights of men and boys. We fight against gender discrimination, legal terrorism and every other form of abuse suffered by men and boys.
AIMWA is organizing a Nationwide Boycott of the Family Courts on 18 June 2010 – the Friday before Fathers’ Day – 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 “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 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.
We would like to bring to your attention 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.
AIMWA 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.
AIMWA is organizing a Nationwide Boycott of Family Courts on 18 June 2010 (the Friday before Fathers’ Day) as a symbol of protest against the creation of a “Fatherless Society”. AIMWA 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.
AIMWA hereby requests the Hon’ble Chief Justice of the High Court of Karnataka to permit fathers to peacefully Boycott the Family Courts in Bangalore on 18th June 2010 and to present a memorandum to the Hon’ble Principal Judge in this regard.
All India Men’s Welfare Association
P.S. We shall be constrained to presume that you approve of our protest and boycott if we do not get a negative response in this regard before 15th June 2010.
The Chief Justice of India New Delhi
The Commissioner of Police (Bangalore)