20 Aug 2008, 0220 hrs IST, Daniel P George,TNN
CHENNAI: It all started with Mary complaining against Joseph. Almost two years after the first complaint under the Domestic Violence Act (DVA) was registered on October 26, 2006, in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu (filed by Benedict Mary, 37, against her husband Joseph, 47), and several hundred other cases that have put husbands in the dock, some men feel enough is enough.
The city-based Association for Protection of Men’s Rights will move the Madras high court on Thursday against the alleged misuse of DVA by women. “We will file a public interest writ petition,” G Elangovan, chairman and founder of the association told TOI.
The association, with 25,000 members in Chennai and more than 4 lakh in 31 districts in the state, feels that some women’s rights groups are out to paint men as villains and victimise them under DVA, Dowry Protection Act and Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act.
Terming it a struggle against such groups rather than against women, he said the pressure groups had added to marital problems and put innocent men behind the bars.