Save Indian Family

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Save Indian Family (SIF) claims to be an umbrella organisation for men's rights groups in India. It was formed in 2005 by the unification of a number of men's rights groups across India.[1] SIF claims to have 50 member organisations around the globe.[1]


SIF was formed in 2005 as a Yahoo group named "Saveindianfamily" to combat what they saw as the oppression of men in Indian society. The group attracted over 10.000 members and was joined by other men's rights organisations. SIF comprises 50 men's rights NGOs who seeks support from Government to solve the various problem men faced in India.[2] [1] The Kolkata chapter of SIF was launched in 2006 in protest to the implementation of the domestic violence act and what they perceived as "legalised terrorism" by women.[3]

Since 2009, SIF and its NGOs have organised an annual men's rights conference.[2] [4] It has launched Men Helpline [5] in several cities and provinces and claims to receive up to 25 calls from abused men every day.[6]


SIF has called for male-focused governmental structures, the formation of a men's welfare ministry and a National Commission for Men to study men's issues.[7]

SIF and member organisation the National Coalition for Men criticise what they believe to be biased and anti-male laws, particularly Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which protects wives from being harassed for refusing to pay dowries.[7][8] SIF has protested the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005.[9] CRISP (Child Rights Initiative for Shared Parenting), one the SIF's member groups, claimed that most Indian men commit suicide because of stress caused by women's misuse of Section 498A and the domestic violence act.[10] SIF activists say that the Domestic Violence Act also harms women because it will cause divorce rates to climb and leave women worse off after divorce.[11] SIF demands that Section IPC 498A be made bailable.[12] They also claim that due to what they see as gender-biased laws in India, one married man commits suicide every nine minutes in the country.[13]

SIF organisations have opposed efforts to criminalise marital rape, saying that consent for sex is part of marriage and that criminalising marital rape will lead to false accusations.[14][15]

SIF has been critical of the media's portrayal of men. In June 2014, SIF member organisation Save Family Foundation and some women's groups criticised a commercial which showed a wife slapping her husband because of a creaking bed. Save Indian Family stated that the commercial promoted violence against men and that violence against men on public television is ignored whereas violence against women draws strong reactions.[16]

SIF associated NGO's trying to get attention from Government by citing example of increasing trend of Suicide among Married men [17] which had been opposed by national commission of women.

Several SIF organisations have campaigned against the Sexual Harassment At Workplace Act, claiming that corporations would have to change their hiring practices. They have opposed the introduction of "Irretrievable Breakdown of Marriage" as a ground for divorce.[18]

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  1. ^ a b c "History of Save Indian Family". Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Men’s rights bodies call to solve problems". Times of India. Aug 17, 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Bhattacharya, Chandrima S. (30 October 2006). "What are men scared of?". The Telegraph (Calcutta). Archived from the original on 17 October 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2007. 
  4. ^ "Ministry for men's welfare?". Times of India. 17 August 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Raped, tortured by wives, or hit by fake dowry cases: How 100 Indian men call nationwide helpline every day to report abuse or harassment". Daily Mail. Oct 17, 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Battered men in MP, CG press NGO button for help". Times of India. 31 May 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Helpline to address problems of ‘distressed’ men". The HINDU. 2009-12-17. 
  8. ^ "Now, a 'men-ifesto' for male rights". Business Standard. 2014-01-11. 
  9. ^ Gupta, Monobina (27 October 2006). "Malevolence for women's law – Men go to PM against female 'terrorist activity'". The Telegraph. Calcutta. Archived from the original on 16 October 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Over One Lakh Suicides in India Every Year". NDTV. July 3, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Male Violence for women’s law". The Telegraph. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Tihar overflowing with dowry cases". Daily Mail. July 6, 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Ministry for men’s welfare?". Times Of India. August 17, 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "Making marital rape an offence will lead to false complaints". Deccan Herald. 19 July 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  15. ^ "Men’s rights groups fear misuse of marital rape law". Times of India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  16. ^ "Men's groups want 'offensive' ad off air". DNA India. 16 September 2008. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "AGAINST THE ODDS". Tehelka. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  18. ^ "Marriage made in Lok Sabha". Pune Mirror. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 

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