October 26, 2007. A year has passed since the introduction of the Domestic Violence Act.
While a large section of women, especially activists, are happy that the act has stood the test of time for a year, there are an equal number of people who feel that this act should be abolished.
Save Family Foundation and My Nation is one such cell, which feels that the act should be abolished.
Video: Protest against Domestic Violence Act
On Friday at the park near Jantar Mantar, Delhi's own Hyde Park, several members of the Save Family Foundation observed a black day while calling Friday as the first barsi (year) of the draconian Domestic Violence Act.
Sporting placards demanding the abolition of the act, the members who turned up at the venue said that unless and until the act is abolished, they would continue to observe October 26 every year as Black Day.
"A man gets married and later realises that his wife is a eunuch. He seeks divorce and in the bargain ends up getting booked under the provisions of the DV Act. What sense does it make," the members ask.
If he refuses to keep her at home, then he is threatened with the legal repercussions under this act.
The members say there is no need for this act as there are provisions within the Indian Penal Code, which makes offences against women punishable.
This act is just another tool to harass the men. That being not enough, these women also threaten to book cases against the family, the members point out.
Interestingly this organisation, the members claim, is growing and a large number of their members are from the IT sector.
It is a well known fact that the highest number of divorce cases as of today is reported from the IT sector.
"If a husband and wife are not living together for 7 years, then make the procedure for divorce easy. Why should the agony drag on," the members ask.
Most of the members who took part in the protest comprised harassed husbands and their relatives, including women.
The orgranisers of the rally say this year they staged the protest only in Delhi, but from next year onwards they would make it an India-wide affair, as the campaign is slowly gaining momentum.
They also intend spreading their message overseas as there are several NRIs who are victims of harassment by their wives.
Among the other demands made by the protestors is that the National Women's Commission should be headed by a successful grandmother.
The members say that most women who have a failed married life head the commission.
They are sadistic in their approach, the foundation alleges.