rough draft – to be corrected.
Martyrs of Marriage (MoM), by the Delhi-based activist Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj, a documentary about misuse of the dreaded IPC section 498-A which also called Dowry Law.
Ms Bhardwaj, a former journalist, says she began researching the subject in 2012 after “a very personal experience” and that’s how Martyrs of Marriage born.
Martyrs of Marriage is a documentary film that documents the injustice that has been perpetrated on people because of misuse of section 498A of Indian Penal Code commonly known as the Anti Dowry law in India. A feature length, first person account of those who have suffered at the hands of abuse of this provision, the film delves deep into the problem, the reasons behind it and the repercussions of the same. The film intends to wake up the society to the fact that MEN can be victims too in marital relationships and that the laws that have been made for protection of women have been and are being misused to harass men, women and their families too.
On 10th March 2017, after watching it in Dubai, I felt like I should write about it.
Martyrs of Marriage is a documentary about misuse of dowry Law (Section 498A IPC – which deal with the harassment faced by a married woman from her husband and his family. This Documentary shows how this law is misused to harass husband and his family and result of this misuse. This thought provoking Documentary shows how Innocent men suffer, How Women use this law to harass husband and his Family and what Women can do her Husband Family if she want to take revenge of her failed Marriage. Which ultimately result in husband Suicide who are not able to cope with the harassment and humiliation.
As Feminists always deny there is misuse of Section 498A or any other women centric laws. However, truth is not as what they say. Even prominent judges and lawyers admit there is gross misuse of S.498A IPC, and how justice is denied even husband who is not at fault, and ultimately how this law force men to committe suicide, when they run out of options; that’s what Ms Bhardwaj wanted to show in her Martyrs of Marriage (MoM).
Ms Bhardwaj, has done very good job by collecting heart-wrenching statements, Audio/Videos and photographs from 498A victims. I salute her for her efforts.
She also tried to show the Step Mother policy of our judiciary system, by Protecting Daughter-in-law and harassing sister-in-law. She may be spend hours or days waiting for someone to give interview; I really admire her hard work.
When I was watching Martyrs of Marriage (MoM), as myself one of the victim of S.498A, I saw some wiping their tears, it was very touchy. When I saw this law harasses old aged parents, how married sisters of Husband also charged under this law, even they hardly met law misuser; I really felt the pain and walked out of Auditorium.
It’s difficult to put all events, details in just 90 minutes of Documentary, still she nicely crafted whole Documentary with very detailed manner.
If she had more time, she should have shown, how 498A is used to get Divorce, and force husband to bargain in Maintenance and child custody. Other than, this Whole documentary is complete in itself.
She has a dream to show her efforts in Parliament, so that our sleepy Politicians wake up and do something to stop the misuse and suicide of innocent men.
I wish her all the Best and wish her dream come true and someday it will be screen in UN too.
My opinion can be one side, but if you see public response after the screening, anyone can say, everyone liked it, coz it was late still most of them were stayed back and discussing, some are curious and asking the questions, meeting the MOM team and activists.
Only after Consulate security started to switch off lights, audience decided to leave. That how effective MOM documentary was.