Indian Family Court: Pay or be arrested

Concerning Indian Family Court (pay or be arrested and incarcerated), the situation described by Indian men’s rights activist Subu Subramaniam in the shared comment and being discussed in the discussion thread at the source is bad for men, but it needs to be put into perspective.

Indian Family Court — Pay or be arrested and incarcerated: An example

Indian Family Court — Pay or be arrested and incarcerated

Subu Subramaniam continues with his description of the case:

High Court of Karnataka

Daily Orders of the Case Number: MFA ____/20__ for the date of order __/__/2017

Honble Justice _____________________


Order in MFA ____/20__

It is stated by the learned counsel for the appellant that, arrest warrant has been issued in the execution of the Decree of the Family Court. Learned counsel for the respondent does not dispute the said position.

Hence, put up on 11.10.2017.

By ad interim order, it is directed that, there shall be stay against the execution of the warrant already issued by the Family Court on condition that the appellant deposits the amount of Rs.1,50,000/- (Rupees one lakh fifty thousand only) with the Family Court on or before 27.9.2017 and further deposits Rs.1,00,000/- (Rupees one lakh only) on or before 27.10.2017.

Both the amounts shall be deposited before the Family Court.

On the amount so deposited, the respondent shall be at liberty to withdraw the same.

Matter shall be considered for further amount to be deposited or not on the next date of hearing.
Note: To see the discussion following that introduction, follow this link to the posting at Subu Subramaniam’s FB Status.

To put that into perspective, the amount of a total of Rs.250,000 to be paid to an Indian Family Court is far in excess of what vastly most Indian men earn in a given year.  The amount equates only to about US$3,850, but India’s GDP per capita is only US$1,700, compared to that in the US of US$57,500.  If a US Family Court judge were to demand an equally severe payment by an American man whose wife left him and sued for divorce, the amount of money demanded would be about US$130,000.

Extremely few men would be able to put up that kind of money to avoid being thrown into jail.  That would be years before the first court hearing of the divorce application takes place, and possibly 20 years or more before the final decision is made by a judge.  That is how long it can take in the Indian court system before a divorce case is closed.

I recommend that anyone interested in or concerned about incarceration rates in his country bookmarks the links identified in the comment I posted at Subu Subramaniam’s FB status, as follows.

India — Incarceration Statistics

(Note: The following comment shows statistics that reflect incarcerations due to all causes, without singling out specific causes for incarceration, such as due to decisions by an Indian Family Court.)

Under the best of circumstances, whether one instance of inequitable justice may or may not be substantiated by credible evidence does not matter much.

One case cannot be anything other than the source of single data points. No valid conclusions can be drawn from single data points as to how prevalent such a case is, whether the circumstances it reflects deviate from the norm and by how much, or whether such a case is evidence of a trend that proves that such circumstances are becoming better or worse over time.

Nevertheless, you are responding to the one case by alleging that the incarceration rate of Indian men is increasing. You present no evidence that it is increasing or by how much.

To be able to make such allegations credible, so as to make the general public, especially the media, take note of an allegedly intolerable situation becoming quickly or even only gradually worse over time, far better information than just instances of individual cases is required.

Indian men’s rights activists [and men’s rights activists everywhere] need to become informed on incarceration statistics.

After I read your introductory comment in this discussion thread, I checked the Internet, using this character string: India incarceration rate trend

A cursory perusal of the information available there (it is presented very well) shows, for instance (for the year 2015):

1.) India’s incarceration rate is 33 per 100,000 population. That is high and increasing. It was 26 per 100,000 population in the year 2000.
2.) About two-thirds (67.2%) of those who are incarcerated in India are waiting for a trial.
3.) The sex ratio of prisoners is 22.3 men for every incarcerated woman.

That shows that India’s incarceration rate is one of the lowest in the world, in 213th place out of 222 entries.

On the other hand, with respect to its number of prisoners (419,623), India ranks 5th in the world, after

1.) United States of America (2,145,100)
2.) China (1,649,804)
3.) Brazil (657,680)
4.) Russian Federation (615,257)

Indian Family Court — A role in the population control holocaust?

As atrociously Draconian or capricious the order by the Indian Family Court to pay Rs.250,000 before the man’s case is even heard by the Indian Family Court may be, I cannot help but feel that Indian Family Court judges are conspiring to make marriage in India unattractive, even feared.  Why?  Why not?!  It would be a very effective means for population control, far more acceptable in the eyes of the world than was the forced sterilization of tens of millions of India’s poor.  More… Scroll down at that page to:

Since the time of Malthus, India has always been a prime target in the eyes of would-be population controllers…. 

What would be a better means to bring about effective population control than to make people afraid of becoming married, by punishing them for getting married?  Getting married can be the fast road to jail, and for increasing numbers of Indian men it is exactly that.  That should and will keep the teeming masses from breeding, won’t it?

Indian Family Court as an effective means of population control….What could possibly go wrong?  The end justifies the means, in a country whose poor have only a single social safety net to rely on for survival, when they are sick, out of work or old and decrepit: their children.  It is somewhat drastic, to cure a hangnail through amputating the whole arm.  To bring about population control (a reduction is more like it) by similarly drastic means, through having the Indian Family Court instilling the fear of jail, is surely a recipe for disaster.

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