Discrimination faced by Mumbaikars...

If the housing societies in Mumbai (Bombay) are only meant for families (married couples), then the government of Maharashtra should make marriage compulsory in the state/city.
Or else the government should tell its citizens where will Unmarried, Divorcees, Bachelors, Spinsters live in the city of skyscrapers or is Bombay only for those who have families.
This is one of the greatest mental blocks of Mumbaikars, who otherwise want to bask in the FALSE HALO of Cosmopolitanism.
This disease (of not giving apartments to Bachelors, Muslims, etc on rent) is specially prevalent in housing societies where the Gujaratis, Marathis and North Indians (to some extent) abound; while the rest of the population is more or less okay with the concept.
The government of Maharashtra should take this matter seriously and devise laws to eradicate this malice ASAP, so that BOMBAY (and its suburbs) becomes free of discrimination based on Marital Status, Religion, etc. Or else the Honourable Supreme Court of India should step in, and give directions to the state or central governments -- so that the fundamental rights of its citizens enshrined in the constitution of India is not violated.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Men are gradually becoming vocal about sufferings at hands of women 
Photo, Courtesy: Men's Right Association
Pune, Wed, Nov 20 2013: Men's Rights Association, a Pune-based NGO, has seen more than 500 registrations in the three years since its formation, with activists terming the response as a sign of "imbalance in society under the guise of women empowerment".

Alleged misuse of Section 498 A of the Indian Penal Code (anti-dowry law), harassment at workplace and pro-women legal provisions when it comes to giving maintenance to wives after divorce are some of the major reasons for the hardships faced by men, they claimed.

"Our association was formed three years ago to help men in distress and take up at different governmental levels the issues faced by them. Our membership crossed the 500-mark in such a short span. On an average, we receive two to three calls daily from men in distress. We help victims of gender imbalance caused due to flip side of women empowerment," said activist Deepak Joshi.

On International Men's Day on Tuesday, the association organised a public awareness campaign through posters and a signature campaign at Balgandharva Square in the city among other areas.

"In the past, many powerful patriarchal men considered it unmanly to celebrate the International Men's Day. Such mentality meant men who hit back at abusive women are 'real' men and who take the abuse without reacting are not. But the situation is changing now and men are becoming vocal about their sufferings at the hands of women," Joshi said.

The Men's Rights Association offers personal and legal counselling to affected individuals (mensrightsassociation.org). "We arrange a meet every Sunday at 4 pm where motivational speeches are arranged. These sessions help a lot to affected men," said another activist.

The association has not only helped men fight "false" legal cases filed by their wives, but also advocated the cause of changing the "anti-male" legal system, he said.

"We believe in gender neutral laws unlike a section of feminists who take pride in blaming a section of society for women's problems. We are striving hard to bring a legal system that would do justice to men and ensure gender equality," said an activist.

Courtesy: The Indian Express