SC to hear PIL for setting up of National Commission for Men

Citing the NCRB 2021 report, the plea stated around 33.2 percent of men ended their lives because of family problems and 4.8 percent due to marriage-related issues.

New Delhi:┬áThe Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on July 3 a PIL seeking framing of guidelines to deal with suicide by married men subjected to domestic violence and the constitution of a ‘National Commission for Men’ to safeguard their interests.

According to the apex court website, a bench comprising Justices Surya Kant and Dipankar Datta has listed the PIL for hearing on Monday.

The plea filed by advocate Mahesh Kumar Tiwari has cited the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data published in 2021 on accidental deaths in India which said 1,64,033 people died by suicide across the country that year. Out of these, 81,063 were married men, while 28,680 were married women, the petition said.

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“Around 33.2 percent of men ended their lives because of family problems and 4.8 percent due to marriage-related issues in the year 2021. In this year a total of 1,18,979 men who died by suicide which is about (72 percent) and a total of 45,026 women died which is about 27 percent,” the plea said while referring to data provided by the NCRB.

The petition has also sought direction from the National Human Rights Commission to deal with the issue of suicide by married men and accept the complaints of men suffering domestic violence.

“Issue direction to the respondent No. 1 (Union of India) to issue proper guidelines through the Ministry of Home Affairs to the police authority/ Station House Officer of every Police Station to accept/ receive the complaint of victims of domestic violence or those are under stress due to family problems and marriage related issues and refer the same to the State Human Right Commission for its proper disposal, till the proper legislation is enacted by the Government of India,” it said.

“Issue a direction/ recommendation to the Law Commission of India to carry out research on the issue of suicides of married men who are suffering from domestic violence or under family problems and marriage-related issues and make necessary reports in order to constitute a forum like National Commission for Men,” the plea said.

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