A large number of people from various fields, including several men's rights activists and actors, gathered at the Azad Maidan in Mumbai for a peaceful protest to voice their support for the #MenToo movement. The purpose of this dharna was to create awareness about the misuse of law, in cases where men are falsely framed and accused of rape and other such charges by women. Recently, TV actor Karan Oberoi was accused of extortion and rape by a healer. However, he was granted bail by the Bombay High Court on June 7, 2019
Amid of the allegation of rape and extortion against the television actor Karan Oberoi, one of his best friends Pooja Bedi along with the band members of his music band 'Band Of Boys' urges on Tuesday that the law that are exciting to protect the voice of rape victim, should be used in a responsible manner by the women.
In response to the question of IANS on inequality exist in the law at the press meet taht was organised in May 2019, Pooja Bedi had said, "Taking the history of our country in consideration and the patriarchal society that we are living in, there is a situation where a rape victim goes to the police station and her complaint does not get registered, which is wrong. So we need laws against rape and such violence; but at the same time, if a severe number of women are misusing the law if they are not respecting the law that are meant to protect them rather taking advantage of it, we need to think about how to protect the right of a man as well!"
Karan Oberoi said, "After being wrongly accused, I realised that I'm not the only one. There are so many men out there who are falsely accused. After being in prison for all those days, I can say that no one should go through such an ordeal ever. When I was in jail, the ones who suffered the most were my mother and sister. So, when you are fighting for men's rights, you are also addressing the whole family that has been affected. I'm here today to support #MenToo, because I believe that justice shouldn't be determined on the basis of one's gender. Every man is vulnerable if the law is misused. We are fighting for gender-neutral laws here."
Equal rights activist Barkha Trehan said, "I am here to show support to all my innocent brothers who have been falsely implicated in fake cases. Their lives are ruined."
Activist Amit Deshpande explained that the aftermath of such false cases could lead men to take drastic steps in their life. He said, "These false cases affect men so badly that it even leads them to suicide. We have a suicide helpline for men and the maximum calls are from those who are falsely accused."
Television actor and singer Karan Oberoi, actress Pooja Bedi, activist Amit Deshpande, equal rights activist Barkha Trehan, theatre personality Dolly Thakore, Karan's Sherrin Varghese (member of Karan's music band, A Band Of Boys), Karan's sister Gurbani and Maneck Contractor, among others were present at Azad Maidan in Mumbai to lend support to the #MenToo movement. All pictures/Yogen Shah
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