Never heard or read of men committing suicide, says Maneka Gandhi

Union Minister Maneka Gandhi's answer to a query during a Facebook Live session about the government's initiative to reduce suicide rates among men has left several people fuming. She said, "Which men have committed suicide? I have not heard/read of a single case."

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:June 29, 2017 8:36 pm
Maneka Gandhi, Suicide, Men committing suicide, Maneka Gandhi FB Live session WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi (File Photo)

Union minister Maneka Gandhi believes men do not commit suicide and even says she hasn’t heard of a single such case. Her answer to a query, during a Facebook Live session, about the government’s initiative to reduce suicide rates among men has left several people fuming.

The Union women and child development minister said, “Which men have committed suicide? Why not try and resolve the situation rather than commit suicide – I have not heard/read of a single case.”

However, the data, in fact, leaves her in a pickle.

According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), in 2015, as many as 1,33,623 suicides were reported in the country, of which 91,528 (68 per cent) were by men and 42,088 were by women.

Of the 86,808 married persons who committed suicide in 2015, 64,534 (74 per cent) were men, the NCRB data states.

The minister, through the three-hour long chat on the social media site, was pilloried by people for being “anti-men” and spent most part of the chat trying to answer questions the over the issue.

“What is @wcd doing to make sure parental alienation (father’s from his kids) is not in practise. Isn’t alienating a child from his/her biological father a crime?,” posted a social media user.

Reacting sharply to the post, Maneka said that men have to accept responsibility before demanding rights.

“This ministry gets a large number of complaints that after a marriage has been dissolved, the father does not pay any maintenance despite court orders and the laws of the land…To push for rights needs an adherence to responsibilities as well,” she said.

This was again met with severe criticism from users who said that the minister was equating a child to a museum for which fathers have to pay a display fees.

“Being able to see one’s parent is RIGHT OF CHILD. Only an uncivilised human being will say that unless father pays he cannot see the child,” posted another user.

Another user posted a query regarding his matrimonial dispute, where his wife left their three-month-old daughter saying she cannot look after her.

The user alleged that his wife has filed a case of dowry and domestic violence against him, his parents and his sister.

“Whose doors should I knock to seek justice for my daughter?” he asked.

The minister’s reply seemed to indicate that she did not believe the user and suspected that there was something else going on.

“Unfortunately the remedy for this lies in the courts. But simply as a personal observation… I have not met a woman who is happily married, has a baby and then runs off leaving a three-month-old baby on the grounds that she cannot look after her.

“According to you, there was the support system of parents in the house as well. So the responsibility of looking after the child would not have been her’s alone. Why not introspect and sort out the actual issue,” she wrote.

At the very end of the session though, replying to a user who suggested that there be a ministry only for men, Maneka said that she would welcome it.

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    Suren Abreu
    Jul 3, 2017 at 11:26 am
    Maneka Gandhi, I guess all the male farmers committing suicide across the country just don't count, huh? And that's just one group!! There are college students (young men) who have been ragged and committed suicide? They too don't exist for you? Boys and men have been raped and some have committed suicide! Boys who have failed in examinations have committed suicide........still doesn't ring a bell, Maneka Gandhi?
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      Ashish Joshi
      Jun 30, 2017 at 1:56 pm
      She should be sacked with immediate effect. Her bad marriage has made her anti men. Putting such a person at such responsible position would have extreme ramifications on society. Her anti male rhetoric is not even covered by media. Had it been a reverse case, i mean a male minister saying even 10 of this against females, he would have been practically lynched. Why such double standards. #SackManeka
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        Kishan Verma
        Jun 30, 2017 at 7:09 am
        remove her from job..send her behind bars for these insensitve,regressive,uneducated reply's....if she dont know anything..why is she on minister's seat.More than 80k men commit suicide including farmers..is this a joke???Why do we have these types of ministers???
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          Kishan Verma
          Jun 30, 2017 at 7:22 am
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          Radhakrishna Gunde
          Jun 30, 2017 at 7:07 am
          Come on! Total bull ! Blindly back women. You would have understood the world if you had faced such problems in your family. Wait a minute! Who is your husband and where is he? Did you dump him? Did you send the innocent man to hell? Talk to sushma swaraj. I read one of her relatives was framed under these false laws. She will explain you how it is to fight false cases.
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            Sandeep chopra
            Jun 29, 2017 at 11:05 pm
            This old aged female should be sent to jail.. Illiterate and insane lady
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              ramesh babu
              Jun 30, 2017 at 2:04 pm
              please recommend oscar award height of hypocresy very evasive approch
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