India is a country where crime against women is quite intense. Cases of domestic violence, bride killed for dowry, female infanticide always pave their way as top news headlines daily. Females in India are compelled to battle a lifelong curse of discrimination, prejudice, violence and neglect.
There are many who talk or work in favor of females to abolish these malpractices but in such an environment a female activist and documentary filmmaker stands out for raising voice against men abuse in the country.
Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj, a 31-year-old filmmaker has raised questions which seem quite reasonable. She asked-” Are men not vulnerable? Do they not face discrimination? Can they not be victims?”
Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj has become a part of a series on the Asian women likely to make the news in 2017.
In an interview she said-“Just as you don’t have to be a woman to fight for women, similarly, you don’t have to be a man to fight for men. I don’t talk about atrocities against women because there are millions who are talking about it.”
Right now, she is fighting against misuse of Section 498A of Indian Penal Code which is a strict Anti-Dowry Law. She has made her first feature documentary, ‘Martyrs of Marriage’ to draw the attention of concerned authorities to rewrite the law and travelling all over India for its screening.
Ms. Bhardwaj quoted-“It was a law made with very noble intentions, but a law that was made to save lives, has taken many lives.”
In recent years the law has earned a reputation of being ” Most Abused Law In The History Of Indian Judiciary”.
A judge from supreme court even termed it as “legal terrorism” and said-” The law was intended to be used as shield and not as an assassin’s weapon”.
The filmmaker said that she began her research in 2012 for the subject after “a very personal experience”.