Martyrs of Marriage (M.o.M.) is a Documentray film by Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj. MoM is a first person account of those who have suffered, fought and finally won the most unexpected battle in their lives – the battle or marriage. It is also a journey of those who are currently fighting for their rights, their innocence and their life.
Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj and Martyrs of Marriage.
For all those, who don’t know about Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj, she is the lady brain behind MoM and probably the only activist and journalist who is fighting for men’s rights in India. She is specially focused on cases related to IPC section 498A i.e. dowry harassment etc in which girl’s side files fake cases against boy’s family and even their relatives.
Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj started off her career as a software engineer with Infosys but later shifted to media and journalism. She is now a renowned journalist and a film maker and currently working on her first independent film Martyrs of Marriage which is a film based on misuse of dowry laws in India. You can follow her on twitter as well as Facebook.
As per official records of the National Crime Records Bureau, (an entity under the Ministry of Home Affairs, India) more than 62,000 married men committed suicide in year 2011 alone,
As per the the site Martyrs of Marriage, more and more men are resorting to this alternative because of severe mental, physical and economical abuse in strained marital relationships. The worst however is the legal torture that men of this country are subjected to – courtesy section 498A of IPC.
Some of the harsh realities are:
Any woman of this country can file this section against her husband, his parents and relatives (howsoever distant they are), at any point of marriage (even after 22 years), get them arrested and make them a puppet in hands of police, media and judiciary. Even if it’s a false allegation, a person has to undergo he trial, is considered guilty until proven innocent.
The only way out for a husband’s family, if implicated in a false case is either to give in to the demands of the women (property, cash and any other fancy demands) or fight the case with the system for next 5-6 years at least.
Even the Supreme Court of India has accepted the misuse of IPC 498A and termed it as “Legal Terrorism”.
Its not only about men but also about the women who are real victims. Martyrs of Marriage is a story of countless women who have suffered due to those very laws that are meant to protect and empower women against any abuse.
Crime does not know any Gender. Martyrs of Marriage is a movement for equality, a movement to save the innocent and a fight for punishment of the guilty irrespective of Gender!
Martyrs of Marriage – Trailer – Based on Real Stories [Video].
How you can Get Help from Martyrs of Marriage?
You can reach out to the site @ MartyrsOfMarriage.com to share your story and seek help.
This website is an attempt to create awareness among Indian nationals about the rampant misuse of 498a (Dowry Law misuse) by unscrupulous women to extort money and harass their husband’s entire extended family. This website is dedicated to the victims of gender-biased laws of India (498a and domestic violence against women law) and provides comprehensive and free information about how to protect yourself and take preventive measures to save your family from this law which has been termed as ‘legal terrorism’ by Honorable Supreme Court of India.
Helpline Numbers are:
Chennai: 9840443555, 9941012958,
You can follow them on social media as well;
You can even support them by making donations to them.
Some of the very few news updates citing misuse of dowry harassment case that could made to the headlines are listed below;
Some more stories which are based on misuse of IPC section 498 A.
Before, we close, check out the below TV debate that happened on NDTV Prime Time in which Deepika was one of the panelist. This debate happened soon after the supreme court ruling came about stopping automatic arrest of men in anti dowry (Section 498A) cases. Rather, court insisted that inspecting officer should take two weeks time to get the evidence before arresting men.