Nearly a thousand men from across India converged in New Delhi to protest against a proposed bill that seeks to provide fifty per cent of a husband's family wealth to the wife in case of divorce. It also seeks to provide a fast divorce to a couple.
Nearly a thousand men from across India converged in New Delhi to protest against a proposed bill that seeks to provide fifty per cent of a husband's family wealth to the wife in case of divorce.
The men, who came from various organisations and NGOs, are protesting against what they call the 'No Fault Divorce Law' which they say allows for a fast divorce even if one of the spouse does not want a divorce. The protesters fear that if the amendments are passed by the Indian Parliament, then most men will become bankrupt.
The biggest grievance of the protesters was that if the man wants divorce, the courts as well as the wife oppose it but if the wife wants one the divorce will be granted.
The proposed law has been given many names by the protesters. It is also called the 'Irretrievable breakdown of marriage' (IrBM) as well as the 'Gold Diggers Law,' as it will enrich women.
The men's rights activists demanded that the Law Ministry should roll back the amendments as the Hindu Marriage Act is gender neutral. They also wanted that children must be given access to both biological parents in case of divorce or separation.
The protesters demanded that the government bring down the cost of litigation for couples in divorce proceedings.