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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    manmohan.khati
    Sep 13, 2017 at 12:13 pm
    wife collectively gives name of those 2 fulfill her unlawful demands, who r not living with them, married sisters also who r living with their families under the same roof? how unreasonable/unjustifiable. that is y the womens r misusing this law 2 make their dreams come true by making money in just 2 minutes like maggi. no hardworking, no sweat, etc. in return they get heavy amount of alimony. when dowry taking is unlawful/illegal then giving alimony should also be treated as unlawful/illegal. even in these type of false case, police doesnt spare elder peoples/sr. citizens from this allegations/charges. so it means that these kind of liers, their crocodile tears are much more important than hard earned money, their property, bank balance, etc. i met with a local police officer, named deshpal (8077650342) in kalyan puri station, he said that he will put me 377 and send me behind the bars for 10 years, in return i asked him that how will you put charges on me, any proof.
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      Geetanjali Bisht
      Sep 5, 2017 at 6:11 pm
      stop this law otherwise immediately make the same law for men's and senior citizen's. At least they can use this for their safety. And women will not do any wrong action against her in law's coz at that time the in laws will have also the same law to protect themselves but this all will be possible if there is made law for men and senior citizens. Bharat Mata ki jai. Vande mataram.
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        Geetanjali Bisht
        Sep 5, 2017 at 6:06 pm
        Yes this is very true that almost women are misusing this law. Under laws shed they are playing as a villain role. Womens are pressing their in laws for property if in laws deny to do so women are torturing, harassing, threatening them. If the in laws are senior citizen, they fears from their daughter in law coz she threats them that she will throw them out of the house, she will make false FIR of DV, DOWRY against their in laws and husband and married sister in laws. She demands for a handsome amount from them. There is no law for senior citizens and men too who are facing this cruel and blind law. They are law abiding citizens but law do not helps them. There is no law till date for them to save them. Is this our country law. Our blind law believes only on women and gives protection them. There is no punishment for women's who makes false DV and DOWRY cases against her in laws. Puts innocent mens inside the jail without deep investigation. I requests to the High Court and Supreme Co
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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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          2. 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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