Save Indian Family Foundation

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Save Indian Family Foundation
Formation2007; 14 years ago (2007)
TypeIndian men's rights organization
FieldsMen's rights, domestic violence
General Secretary
Rukma Chary
Rajesh Vakharia
Anil Kumar, Pandurang Katti.

Save Indian Family Foundation (SIFF) is a men's rights group in India. It is a registered, non-funded, non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) and works with various like-minded NGOs in India.[2]


Founded in 2007, SIFF is an advocacy group against misuse of Indian laws related to dowry harassment.[3] It is an umbrella organisation of a number of men's and family rights organisations spanned across Indian cities and provinces.[1] SIFF has supported the founding of other like-minded organisations, such as the "All India Mother in Laws Protection Forum"[4] and "All India Men's Welfare Association".[5]

SIFF is networked with Helpline telephone numbers for distressed husbands and their family members in Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Gujarat, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Nagpur, Nasik, Surat, Jaipur, and Kolkata.[6] In 2010, the group claimed on its website to have "30,000 members on the ground and over 3,500 on the internet who are fighting this legal terrorism with vigour and passion like commandos".[1]


SIFF has been a fundamental part of the Indian MRM, they have dedicated themselves to fight for abused Indian men, they created the first ever Indian Men's Helpline which got over 25,000 phone calls by abused men asking for help in just 4 months of its beginning.[7] SIFF has also protested for the creation of a Men's Commission in India, as there's no government body to advocate for research for men's issues.[8] SIFF has also protested against the misuse of laws like 498A and asked the Government to punish the false accusers. It was due to SIFF efforts that reforms in these laws were introduced looking at the blatant misuse of them.[citation needed] SIFF has also proposed and advocated for gender-neutral laws for men in India, just like they did when the Domestic Violence Act of 2005 put men out of the definition and men in India could not get any protection against an abusive wife whilst the wives were protected under all kinds of DV under the law. This led to them conducting a survey for abused men in India.[9][10] They campaigned against the Marriage Amendment Bill in 2010 and the introduction of "Irretrievable Breakdown of Marriage" as a ground for divorce under the Marriage Law Amendment Bill in 2012, they argued that such anti-male laws are unconstitutional as they push the patriarchial norms of being provider after marriage and don't give men their equal share in child custody.

National meet[edit]

SIFF occasionally conducts National Meet at one of the Indian cities where SIFF members across India converge and discuss on a National Agenda for SIFF. The National Meet will conclude with a press conference.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Polanki, Pallavi (17 July 2010). "Men Who Cry". OPEN. Archived from the original on 21 July 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  2. ^ "SIFF - About Us". Save Indian Family Foundation. Archived from the original on 8 November 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2008.
  3. ^ ANI (29 November 2006). "Wife harassing you? Call for help". IBNLive. Archived from the original on 22 May 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2008.
  4. ^ George, Daniel P. (6 September 2009). "Moms-in-law of the world unite." The Times of India. Archived from the original on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  5. ^ Sengupta, Sudipta (31 October 2009). "Now, a forum for 'tortured' husbands". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  6. ^ "SIFF - Helplines". Save Indian Family Foundation. Archived from the original on 30 May 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2008.
  7. ^ "Save India Family Foundation: Men's helpline gets 25,000 calls over four months in Kolkata". The Times of India. 17 September 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
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  9. ^ DV against Men in India
  10. ^ "Men's rights groups sore at marriage laws bill". Hindustan Times. 16 February 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2020.

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