Another Men’s Self-Help Group in Rural India

With increasing married men suffering from domestic abuse at home, a growing number of men (married or unmarried) getting victimised by frivolous complaints by women, and a huge lack of grievance redressal cells or support from government authories, there is a surge of men’s rights groups in India or registered NGOs willing to work for men’s issues.

Many of them offer free support to men while a few see this as opportunity to make some quick bucks. Whatever their objectives, one can’t deny the growing need for gender neutral laws, strong misuse clause and necessity of state, central & local government bodies & bureaucrats to desist their anti-male stance and come up with solutions that aren’t gynocentric or plainly populist.

With this lack of attention or empathy for their growing concerns, men feel unheard and look for forums to share their pain & help others.

One such group of men from a very remote rural place called as Janjgir in Champa district of Chattisgarh state saw an opportunity to reach out to other men at an agro-tech fair held at the village.

They set up a stall called Purush Sahayta Kendra, which seems to be a registered NGO.

Although the theme or aim of the stall was not at all closely related to agriculture or related technology, the stall got overwhelming response from participants of the fair. Many men flocked around it curiously and several thousands of them registered themselves as members. As per this news clip, more than 5000 men registered themselves in a span of two days.

The group seemed to show some infographics on male suicides – the rate of which is nearly twice of that of women as per National Crime Records Bureau.

Although men may seem to flocked together in efforts to devise solutions to their problems, increasing male suicides, more amongst married men, suggest that these symbolic efforts aren’t enough.

Below is the news video which is now also viral over social media.

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