About 19 men from Chennai, Madurai and Coimbatore would be part of the day-long meeting in Shimla, in which more than 100 men were participating. “More than 100 men, representatives of 30,000 other harassed husbands from across the country, will meet to come up with strategies to take on their wives,” he said. Virag Dhulia, a member of Save Indian Family Foundation, said the latest report on the suicide rate of men across India was an indicator of the harassment of men. Around 1.2 lakh ‘harassed’ husbands have committed suicide in the last four years, he claimed, citing figures from the National Crime Records Bureau.
“ We’re meeting at Shimla, not to draw a gender-dividing line. We want to discuss and find solutions as India is seeing a large number of divorces,” he said. Issues they will discuss include a separate men’s welfare ministry on the lines of the women and child welfare ministry, equal taxation for men and women, change in inheritance laws, amendment to the domestic violence prevention law, and mandatory joint custody of children for divorced couples.