Many men complain of false cases, open window for them: Maneka Gandhi to women panel

“I have been receiving a large number of complaints from men who claim they have been falsely implicated in cases of domestic violence, dowry, rape etc. I am particularly concerned with the fact that this voice has become more and more loud in the last few months,” Maneka has written.

Written by Sowmiya Ashok | New Delhi | Published:July 28, 2017 5:42 am
false complaints against men, women harassment, maneka gandhi, national Commission for Women, Women and Child Development ministry, domestic violence false case, dowry false case, rape false case NCW officials said the move goes against the very guidelines on which the commission is based. (Illustration by C R Sasikumar)

STATING THAT she has been receiving an increasing number of complaints from men alleging false complaints against them, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has asked the National Commission for Women (NCW) to “provide a window” to such men.

In a letter sent to NCW chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam on Thursday, Maneka has said the window “in the online complaint system of NCW” should be operationalised within a fortnight. “I have been receiving a large number of complaints from men who claim they have been falsely implicated in cases of domestic violence, dowry, rape etc. I am particularly concerned with the fact that this voice has become more and more loud in the last few months,” Maneka has written.

While asking the NCW “to provide a window to such men where they can bring up instances of false complaints against them”, she has said she is “conscious of the fact that this kind of a step may bring in a backlash from the women and the men may also be encouraged to make every case of harassment by them look like a false case. Yet we need to do a dipstick test to figure out the reality.” She has said the NCW should ensure a “rigorous” mechanism to file complaints so that “frivolous complaints” can be weeded out.

“The receipt of the complaint must be linked to proper identification through Aadhaar and a valid mobile number,” she has said. “Due safeguards may (be) inbuilt to ensure that this window does not become an instrument of counter complaints by men who have cases filed against them by their wives/ other women.”

Stating that as the head of the Ministry for Women and Child Development, her concern is “grievances of women first”, she has said that “at the same time, misuse of laws created to protect women should also be a matter of concern for us.”

Meanwhile, NCW officials said the move goes against the very guidelines on which the commission is based. The NCW was set up as a statutory body in January 1992 under the National Commission for Women Act, 1990, and does not fall under the control of the ministry.  “Men have access to other avenues, for example, the NHRC, through which they can get their grievances heard,” said an NCW official. “This move will leave the commission open to litigation, which would mean litigation against the government.”

The NCW handles about 23,000 cases every year, mostly related to domestic violence.

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    Visha
    Jul 28, 2017 at 10:57 pm
    Many fake cases by women for money, property and harassment on men. This needs to be stopped.
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      Saurabh
      Jul 30, 2017 at 10:50 am
      Well said
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      Xavier Alexander
      Jul 28, 2017 at 10:39 am
      Who wants a 'window' from NCW. We all know what such a window will be. We want a national commission for MEN and to get all laws modified to be gender neutral as so many national commissions have recommended.
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        Raja
        Jul 28, 2017 at 12:34 pm
        Thumbs up to your statement, Xavier!
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          PK
          Jul 28, 2017 at 1:09 pm
          Isn't every other forum a forum for men since they are in majority? I mean look at the comments here.
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            Saurabh
            Jul 30, 2017 at 10:51 am
            True
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            Vkt
            Jul 28, 2017 at 10:33 am
            After a long time and fight from several fronts of Mens rights group , the issue could be put into the ears of the minister , who has been several insensible remarks . LAW must serve the every needy person , irrespective of his gender. That is what is the Justice in this country for years. And there
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              Raja
              Jul 28, 2017 at 12:35 pm
              Ditto!
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              PK
              Jul 28, 2017 at 10:04 am
              What she means is women are of course less trustworthy than men, so they can't be trusted when they file cases. Henceforth the courts will need the testimony of 4 women in cases of rape, else they will be punished for adultery!
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                Murphy
                Jul 29, 2017 at 2:35 am
                I don't know what to write . I cannot even begin to fathom your foolishness . Where do i even begin correcting you . Sigh . Well just saying in this feminist dominated law system women can not be punished for adultery . Simply put they are saints , superior to us, and more important too.
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                Priya
                Jul 28, 2017 at 9:37 am
                There are always false charges - false charges of theft, of murder, of property, against employers or by customers against established b s. Should there be provisions to punish the accuser if they cannot prove it? I mean they all result in harassment of the other party. This particular gripe against complaint for crime against women is a malicious agenda spread by people who would like to suppress the voice of afflicted women. And Menaka Gandhi, the minister for women is supporting this! Shame on her!
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                  Saurabh
                  Jul 28, 2017 at 1:23 pm
                  Don't forget this is a gender biased law without checks and balances we are talking about. In no other case just the word of a person is taken as evidence to file cases or put innocent ppl behind bars.
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                    PK
                    Jul 28, 2017 at 4:00 pm
                    So if I go complain about a murder or theft, FIR won't be filed based on my word? Proving the case is police and court's duty I thought.
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                  Priya
                  Jul 28, 2017 at 9:31 am
                  Do you mean the ‘false’ charge of whistle-blower policewoman Roopa against AIDMK big-shot Sashikala? She got slapped with 50 Cr. defamation lawsuit for her troubles! Think what will happen if our politicians and other wealthy powerful people are allowed to slap defamation charges for reporting rapes. Any law can be misused. But if we take away the right or penalize people for reporting crimes then no one will. Anyway its very difficult to file an FIR for rape and conviction is also very low, and no not because of ‘false’ charges. Even the society thinks its the girl’s fault for being raped!
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                    module
                    Jul 28, 2017 at 8:49 am
                    most of them are happening in higher, celebrity, corporate levels. manekaji, govt or ministers does not have times to see or listen for this kind of issues, bcz they are busy with only doing politics and postmortems. The British made rules and regulations has to be changed and modified.
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                      Raja
                      Jul 28, 2017 at 8:06 am
                      More than 70 of the people involved in human trafficking are themselves women. This is not an opinion, rather a fact based on the data released by the United Nations. More than 90 of the pick-pockets on Delhi metro are women. About 85 of the dowry-related cases by women against men in India turn out to be fake and fabricated. Every brothel is controlled by a woman who is truculent and cruel towards the girls in the business. A woman can be as lethal as a man, or perhaps worse, yet political animals in India appear to believe that women are incapable of committing a crime. What a travesty!
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                        Raja
                        Jul 28, 2017 at 8:11 am
                        In the foregoing piece, please read "70" as "70 per cent", "90" as "90 per cent," and "85" as "85 per cent." Thanks.
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                          Pannalal Chakraborty
                          Jul 28, 2017 at 9:34 am
                          The percentage symbol gets deleted by this forum
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                          Priya
                          Jul 28, 2017 at 9:44 am
                          You are right. Often it is the women who perpetuate and maintain patriarchy, like our not so Honorable Minister. In this country, where 2000 women dies yearly for dowry, where its still difficult for a woman to file an FIR, where women must face harassment the moment they step out of home, where the national capital is still the 'rape capital' - instead of doing anything about these situations, she will rather roll back the progress of the previous Govt. and pamper en led brats who thinks they are above litigation! Is the Govt. saying we can't sue another person in this country because we are women?
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                            Murphy
                            Jul 29, 2017 at 2:49 am
                            If only that were true we men would have been living a good life . Not one of fear and insecurity . Even after all the laws in favour of women and men being treated lower than animals you still want more. Do you realize how big this country is , can you count , if so then compare after learning. While at it also get the number of families that are left broken because of your selfishness . Also the rape capital you talk about , do you even realise that more than half of them are fake . Please stop with that feministic at ude it's killing the human inside you , you will regret it one day
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