to be answered by Government
Q.1 We all are aware that
498A is rampantly misused. Instead of solving that problem,
you have introduced DV bill. Why? Are you not worried about
innocent families being legally terrorized?
Q.2 Men too are victims
of domestic violence. Then why have you not provided legal protection
to men under Domestic Violence Bill?
Q.3 You gave a statement
on national television saying, “It is men’s turn
to suffer”. Is that true? If you did, what do you mean
Q.4 Do you agree that
verbal or emotional abuse in Domestic Violence bill is a subjective
and relative term? How will you make sure that using these clauses,
women will not misuse this law?
Q.5 Domestic Violence
Bill is applicable in live-in relationship, too. Do you have
any statistics showing that women who are into live-in relationships
are victims of domestic violence? It is unlikely that rural
women will ever be in a live-in relationship.
Q.6 When we already have
anti-dowry law 498A, then why have you incorporated the clause
of dowry harassment in Domestic Violence Bill also?
Q.7 One clause says that
if a woman does not have a legal title over the man’s
property, if she has some interest, she can demand the property
legally using domestic violence bill. Don’t you think
this clause is violating men’s right?
Q.8 A clauses says that
if a man ridicules, humiliates or abuses the woman sexually
or violates the dignity of the woman, he is subjecting the woman
of domestic violence. How would you define dignity? Dignity
is not gender-specific. It is the quality of character, values
and behaviour of a person irrespective of the gender. Are you
saying that men have no dignity?
Q.9 Even if the assets,
bank account/locker solely belongs to the husband, the woman
has the rights to demand from the man legally according to domestic
violence bill. Are you not trying to legalize extortion for
women through this bill?
Q.10 Domestic violence
bill also includes economic abuse. If a woman is asking something
in monetary terms that the man can’t afford, do you think
that the man should be imprisoned for this?
Q.11 You are requesting
the Government to sensitize the police officer toward women
in handling domestic violence cases. Do you want the police
officer arrest the accused if they find the case to be fabricated?
Q.12 The clauses in Domestic
Violence bill says that after the marriage or live-in relationship
ends, the husband must provide alternative accommodation or
pay the rent to the woman. According to the Hindu marriage,
bigamy is a punishable offense. But live-in relationship that
has no legal standing, a woman can have a number live-in relationship
at the same time. What do you have to say about it? Are you
not providing an opportunity to women to use domestic violence
bill to extract property of the man legally?
Q.13 Domestic Violence
Bill has established a price to emotional distress and mental
torture and ordering the man to pay to the woman as compensation.
Do you think those women who are not actually mentally tortured
will never want to make quick money out of this clause? Why?
Q.14 You have already
included live-in relationship in Domestic Violence Bill. What
will be the responsibility of the woman to prove that she did
had a live-in relationship with a man? What if the relationship
Q.15 The bill says that
the woman has the right to ask the Protection officer to restrain
the family members of the man to come and live together or even
visit the house. Is this not violating the fundamental rights
of the family members of the man? If not, how?
Q.16 The bill also says
that the woman has the right to ask the protection officer to
direct the man to leave the house. Is this not violating the
rights of men? Even if the house legally belongs to the man,
he is kicked out of his own house. Is this how you like to protect
Q.17 One clause says that
after the complaint is registered, the man will have no right
to communicate with the woman in any ways. If a person is arrested,
the police will provide the person the right to contact anybody.
And here you don’t want the man to contact the woman at
all. What are you trying to do?
Q.18 The clause says that
even after the live-in relationship has ended; the man can’t
evict the woman from his own legally possessed house. Are you
saying that even after live-in relationship ends, the man is
liable to provide the woman? When the live-in relationship is
not legally recognized, then how can you constrain men’s
Q.19 The clause says that
even if the live-in relationship existed in any point of time
ever in the past, the woman has the rights to complain against
the man for domestic violence. This way the woman is given a
way to take revenge and extort money legally from the man whom
she had a live-in relationship in the past. What do you have
to say about this?
Q.20 The clause says that
upon the sole testimony of the woman, the court can conclude
that domestic violence was committed by the accused. That means
the accused is guilty until proven innocent, and the woman need
not prove her allegations. Do you think that this approach is
as per the legal principles? Are you not taking away the constitutional
rights of men? How? This way the bill will be misused just like
498A. What do you think about this?
Q.21 You know 498A is
massively misused. You also know that Domestic Violence Bill
will also be misused. What do you want to do? Is this how women
can be protected by taking away all constitutional rights of
Q.22 You said that this
bill is only to protect women from domestic violence. But the
bill can easily break millions of families. Is this what you
Q.23 Many families, lawyers,
NGOs all over the country are objecting on the way the bill
is drafted. You don’t seem to be worried at all. Do you
think their objection is baseless? Are you going to ignore them
like you are doing in case of 498A?
Q.24 After all this, do
you think you deserve to be the Minister of Women and Child
Development? When you have introduced draconian laws like DV
Bill and have not amended 498A, you don’t have any rights
to ruin Indian family. What do you have to say?
Q.25 Are you not going
to step down from the ministry for destroying Indian families
and marriage? Why not?
1. Why is there no protection
for men from domestic violence ? If you say that not many cases
occur, then do you have any statistics ? And regardless, if
a man suffers domestic violence, shouldnt the law protect him
as well ?
2. DO you think women are capable of violence ? [ Just today,
there was a news item that a woman killed her husband to get
his property so that she can live with her lover]. Since it
is well proven that women are capable of violence, shouldn't
the man be protected as well ?
3. So, according to the law, if a man insults a woman, he can
be jailed for a year. So, it is domestic violence if a man insults
a woman. How about if a woman insults a woman ? Is not necessary
to protect a woman from another woman? Also, is it not domestic
violence if a woman insults a man ?
4. According to the law, if a woman asks for money from a man
and if the man is not able to provide it, then the woman can
get the man jailed. However, the law prevents the man from asking
for money from the woman. Isn't this economic abuse of the men
? If a woman uses this law to blackmail and extort money from
her husband, what protection does a husband have ?
5. My wife says that if
I dont kick my parents out of the house, she will file a domestic
violence case against me. What protection do I have under this
6. My wife says that if
I do not transfer all my property to her name, then I am economically
abusing her and she will file a domestic violence case against
me. What protection do I have under the law ?
7. My wife is having an affair and she threatens that if I try
to prevent her from meeting her lover, then she says that she
will use the domestic violence law against me, as according
to the law, I am preventing her from meeting a person. I do
not want a divorce because I have small children and I do not
want them to suffer. Please tell me what should I do ?
8. My wife wants to go a 5 star hotel every day for dinner.
When I object, she says that I am not providing her food and
hence she will file the domestic violence case against me. I
have tried to reason with her, but she is not willing to budge.
Please tell me what should I do ?
9. This law gives tremendous rights to women and a lot of reponsibilities
to man. What responsibilities or liabilities do women have under
this law ?
10. DO you realize that there is generally some amount of friction
in most marriages and by giving such absolute power to women,
you are victimizing men. The results are going to be more divorces
in which vindictive women will frame false cases on men, take
away their property and put them in jail. Many many children
will grow up in broken up families and will suffer. Ms. Minister,
is this your idea of women and chilren welfare ?
11. Due to the poor drafting of this law, this law will be misused
heavily and many many innocent men will go to jail and their
lives will be destroyed. Do you have any message for them ?
12. Is there a provision that a woman who misuses the law will
be punished as severely as a man is punished ?
13. You say that why will a woman file a case if she is happy
in the marriage. In other words you are saying, that the man
is at the mercy of the woman. If she is not happy for any reason,
she can teach a lesson to her husband by filing a false case,
reagardless of whether any violence occured or not. Where is
the justice here ?
14. DO you think that men are second class citizens ? If not,
then why have they not been given any rights in this law. Are
you planning to release a similar law for men ? If you are not
because you are the minister for women welfare, then is there
a minister for men welfare ?
15. Do you know if any other country has a domestic violence
law, in which only the woman can file a case on man, if she
is abused, but the man can not file a case on woman if he is
16. Do you think this law will promote domestic harmony in the
society ? DOnt you think that husband will be victimized by
the wife who can use these threats to get her way ?