In the early 2000s, India started a push towards gender equality with new laws aimed at protecting women from assault and marital disputes. But as protections for women grow stronger, some men in the country have started to mobilize, convinced women make false accusations and use the laws against their husbands as retribution. Now India is home to a thriving men’s rights movement that’s become its own legitimate political platform, arguing that men’s rights, not women’s, need protection in the country.
We met up with the founder of India’s leading men’s rights organization, the Save Indian Family Foundation (SIFF), to find out what the group is fighting for, and talked to a man who recently joined its ranks. Then we talked with Karuna Nundy, a lawyer who’s been a leading champion of women’s rights in India, to hear her take on the movement.