World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10)

Suicides by Married Men and Women

Does anything else needs to be said….

Let’s Stand Up for a Cause…

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Source: NCRB

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Vaastav Foundation – The Crisis Angels of My Life (Part 2)

This is Part 2 to the Vaastav Foundation – The Crisis Angels of My Life.  This article is written for Who’s your Crisis Angel? An Indi-Change activity  with http://incrisisrelief.org/ in association with Indiblogger.in

You may call Vaastav Foundation Helpline numbers listed below 24×7 in case of distress:

Vaastav SIF One Helpline Number: +91- 8882 498 498

Vaastav SIF One Helpline Number: +91- 8882 498 498

Vaastav Foundation – The Crisis Angels of My Life

Vaastav Angel saving souls

Vaastav Angel saving souls

Vaastav Foundation, is an NGO based out of Mumbai working towards equal human rights for both the genders. The organization assists families in distress and crisis who suffer from toxic domestic relationships. They assist people who have suffered false dowry and domestic violence cases.

The organization is a part of a network of over 40 NGOs all over India which conducts weekly meetings in over 20 cities. In these meeting they try to create a positive space for men where they can be heard without being judged. Meetings for Vaastav Foundation regularly conducts meetings at Veer Saavarkar Udyan, Borivali-W from 11 am to 2 pm and at Chintamani Deshmukh Garden, Mulund-E between 5pm to 7 pm every Sunday to help men in distress. Any one can attend these meetings and can also call the All India Help Line Numbers.

After visiting the Vaastav meetings I leant about the suicide stats of men which is that every 8 minutes a married man commits suicide in India and about the rampant misuse of Sec 498A of IPC, where more than 90% of the cases are found to be frivolous.

Suicides by Married Men and Women

As can be seen above about 2 times more married men commit suicide as compared to married women which shows the social pressure that they are facing.

498A Incidents

A Survivor

A Survivor

498A is the provision under IPC which deals with husband and his family subjecting wife to cruelty for dowry. It is a cognizable, non-bailable and a non-compoundable offense. Vaastav Foundation gets cases where the entire family of the husband such as his mother, sisters, bhabhis, other female relatives, ailing parents are booked under this section and are arrested. Even people who came to help the victim were booked. There have been cases where a dog’s name has been put in the complaint and even a 2 month old baby got an anticipatory bail under this section. In the past the Supreme Court had raised concerns on the misuse of this section and had told the government to amend it.

Vaastav is being currently being funded primarily out of the personal sources of the affected persons.

The Vasstav’s selfless Angels and Counselors give their time and provide guidance to the victims and their families.

The Vaastav Angels

The Vaastav Angels

Vaastav SIF One Helpline Number: +91- 8882 498 498

Vaastav SIF One Helpline Number: +91- 8882 498 498

Vaastav Foundation really is a Crisis Angel for many families, do read how hundreds of families below have benefited from Vaastav and misuse of gender biased laws.

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This article is written for Who’s your Crisis Angel? An Indi-Change activity  with http://incrisisrelief.org/ in association with Indiblogger.in

Trust between Indian Couples reduces

The number of joint housing loans taken by men and women for purchase of property have fallen by over a staggering 99% in the period of 2009 – 2012, an RTI by Vaastav Foundation has revealed. Typically, an investment in a house is a long term investment and consists of a major portion of the total household investment. Over the past few years, the joint loans taken by men and women to purchase a house has seen a drastic reduction, signifying an erosion of mutual trust between them. The percentage reduction in the number of joint housing loans between men and women is shown below in the graph –

Reduction of Joint Housing Loans by 99% during 209-2012 period

The drastic reduction of mutual trust between couples is a matter of concern and should be investigated into. ‘Family’ is the very fabric of our social existence. The family bond is a bond of trust and erosion of this trust is erosion of the very essence of the family bond. We must introspect on the reasons of this erosion of trust between couples sooner than later to ensure family peace and harmony and continuity of our social fabric of existence.

 Let us all Stand Up for a Cause ….

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