Published on March 11, 2014
Save Indian Family Foundation Day
• 2000: Menace of false 498A prompts some of the veteran members to write their story on different forums of internets • 2003: First blog http://misuseof498a.clawz.com/ http://dowry-law-misuse.tripod.com/ • Organisations already working for “Victims of false 498A” find each other on net • 2003:Form misusedowryact yahoo group • Sangabalya, Bangalore, Purush Surakhsha, Nasik, Men Cell, Delhi – already running helpline Before Save Indian Family… March 10, 2005 “Save Indian Family” movement is born with the formation of “saveindianfamily” yahoo group 2003-2005: Momentum is slow placed 2005 : Shift in “Strategy”. Look beyond 498A. Focus on Saving Indian Family 2
It all started with a Dream …. 3
The Challenge was immense… 4
What to do then? 5
But How ?????........ 6
• Internet was the Tool • Run multiple helplines across cities • Create Websites • Create Blogs • Media Awareness • Create NGOs • CREATE AWARENESS….Spread across the CITIES Action Plans were made…. Only organisation running nationwide Volunteer based Helpline for men..today we have helplines in 35+ cites 7
• Concept of Weekly meeting emerged • First weekly meeting in Delhi in April 2005. • First weekly meeting in Mumbai in August 2005 Human Touch was NEEDED…. Weekly meetings become backbone of our movement Men can share the pain, cases, hug, bond and make friendships 8
Media recognizes us … First Article of Save Indian Family in Media 9
Kolkota chapter is born - 2006 Media recognizes our pain… Late Capt. Sudhir Anand…shares his pain in Zindagi Live 10
Kolkota chapter is born - 2006 Now….SIF gets more than 500 print and electronic article every year Media recognizes us … 11
Washington Post corrects wrong reporting of wife abuse in India SIF starts making its presence felt… 12
Pond’s withdraws its campaign on DV on women with in 17 days SIF starts making its presence felt… “Golden Pond’s makes waves with ad”- Dec’ 2006 “Pond’s India in association with The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM, which is the women’s fund at the United Nations) had launched a print and TV campaign against domestic violence. Launched in November, the campaign was withdrawn by the first week of December.”-DNA. Dec 27, 2006 “Industry sources reveal that Ponds creamed back its campaign since a small group of activists started raising Cain against the campaign and threatened to take the matter to court.” DNA. Dec 27, 2006 13
Protest moves from Internet to Ground Level First All India protest at Jantar Mantar – July 200714
Representations to Government on SHWB SIF makes inroads into law making process 15
Demand for Men Welfare Ministry Lucknow chapter is born - 2007 Hyderabad chapter is born - 2007 SIF Expands its scope Celebrates International Men’s Day 16
All India Forgotten Women Association/MASI SIF : Women Wing is Born 17
Protest in front of NCW SIF : Women Wing 18
Vizag Chapter is born… First National Meet at Goa 19
It was a Media Carnage Chandigarh chapter is born Second National Meet at Shimla 20
Fourth National Meet at Kolkata 21
Delhi Police Commissioner Issues Circular on arrest guideline Some Relief for 498A in Delhi 22
Some relief on immediate arrests by Police Cr PC 41(A) Amendment • SIF uses RTI to find the implementation of Cr PC 41(A) Amendment across the country • Partial Implementation across the country…follow up by RTIs to ensure its implementation in letter and spirit 23
Government does not have the courage to make sweeping changes SIF Member Petition forces Government to form Parliamentary Committee on 498A 24
Majority Demand 498A to be Bailable Law Commission calls for suggestions on 498A 25
Protest Outside Indian High Commission-UK SIF Oversees 26
Marital Justice - UK SIF Oversees 27
7 RCR Protest, May 1, 2013 SIF : NextGen come up with Newage Protests 28
What started from couple of cities…. ….today Weekly Meeting is running across 15+ cities30
Touched 1 lac+ lives with counselling, guidance 40+ NGOs across the globe Helplines for Men in 35+ cities 5000+newspaper reporting/articles, 200+ electronic media 4 books published by SIF members 15+ Governement Representations..6 in person 31 8500+ SIF Yahoo group members/10+ websites
Future – Vital Action Areas SIF Men’s rights awareness in Society Change Existing laws like 498a / DV STOP New laws from forming Long term 10-20 yrs 32
Challenges • SIF is a free model (No fees for counseling, guidance)……lot of pressure from select groups to convert into paid model • Sustaining local meetings • Only people falsely implicated by gender bias laws are our sympathizers….General society not empathetic to us • Shelf life of an activist is till the time his case is on • Corporate/Govt Funding for the cause is still a challenge 33
The Future • Next Generation has to take it forward…. Take forward the NGOs • 100 Local chapters/NGO • 80G NGO - At least 10 nos • Attract corporate CSR fund • Magazine , Documentary , movie • Mass awareness in election through our men-i-festo • Single number help line like call centers • Legal Team for PIL , judgments • Political team-- align with MP/MLA • Mass awareness programmes • Provide Job for Jobless men 34
Platform for Harassed Husbands to bond and relieve stress SIF : Fun Time 35
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