App helping men accused with false rape cases receives huge response

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  • Five months ago, Save India Family Foundation NGO launched a mobile app called SIF for the protection of men’s rights. The app is aimed at helping men slapped with false rape cases and domestic violence accuses with the dedicated helpline number ’08882498498′

    The app has received a huge response over a very short period of time. The app received 25,000 calls in the last four-five months, with an average 165 calls every day. Out of those 165 calls, 87 calls are unique callers, reported the NGO.

    The NGO, whose Kolkata chapter is known as Hridaya-Nest, developed the mobile application keeping in mind a growing tribe of males who are becoming victims of the alleged misuse of Section 498a of the IPC and anti-rape laws. ‘The response is huge. The app has received near about 5,000 downloads over the last four months,’ Amit Gupta of Hridaya-Nest said.

    The APP offer details of 50 NGOs in 50 cities in 25 states where people could personally seek legal counselling and support. The helpline which was initially launched in 10 states including MP, Delhi NCR, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Haryana and other states, has been extended to five more states.

    ‘Each state has five counsellors at an average. The highest number of calls have been received from Madhya Pradesh with 31 per cent calls,’ Gupta said and claimed that they had received calls and responses from even foreign countries such as Singapore, UK, Japan and USA.

    Among the cities, the maximum number of calls, 23 per cent of all, have been received from Delhi, while the lowest, one per cent, have been received from Vizag. Gupta said that the NGO has a plan to take it to all cities and towns in India after an increasing number of males became victims of ‘gender biased laws’.

    ‘According to a survey done by us last year, every nine minutes a married man commits suicide in India due to alleged misuse of section 498a of IPC against them, taking the toll to around a whopping 64,000 every year,’ said Gupta.

    Source: PTI


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