19th November is observed as International Men’s Day. There is no denying the fact that International Women’s Day is celebrated in a grand manner everywhere. Move over women, it is time for men to observe their day to highlight discrimination against them and project their contributions and achievements. Men make sacrifices everyday in their place of work, in their role as husbands and fathers, for their families, for their friends, for their communities and nation. In India men are the victimized gender generally depicted as selfish, egoistic. They are prone to severe stress. The ill-effect of this is seen, in the huge number expectancy. More and more men are resorting because of severe mental, physical and economical abuse in strained marital relationships. In India, number of men committing suicide is double as compared to women. Men are not heard at any forum of law-making, judiciary and government. Let us share an opportunity on this International Men’s Day to appreciate the contribution made by men towards the betterment of the society.
Vinod C. Dixit
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