In the case of Mahesh Kumar Tiwari v. Union of India, a PIL was submitted to the Supreme Court asking for the creation of a National Commission for Men to address fears of domestic violence among married males. This commission would be analogous to the National Commission for Women. Through his Public Interest Litigation, attorney Mahesh Kumar Tiwari fought for regulations requiring police stations to take complaints from males about domestic abuse, married men’s suicide, family concerns, and marriage-related problems and report them to the State Human Rights Commission. In addition, he highlighted data from the National Crime Records Bureau that showed of the 1,64,033 suicides that occurred nationwide in 2021, 81,063 were married males and 28,680 were married women. Additionally, in 2021, almost 33.2% of men committed suicide owing to family troubles, and 4.8% did so due to marital-related problems. A total of 45,026 women have died by suicide this year, which is nearly 27% of the total of 1,18,979 suicides perpetrated by males this year.
Analysis of Court Decision
The Supreme Court’s division judge bench, consisting of Justices Surya Kant and Dipankar Dutta, declined to hear the argument for the creation of a National Commission for Men to address fears of domestic violence among married males.
The Supreme Court, however, showed little interest in hearing the case, therefore Court withdrew his PIL. According to the court’s ruling, after arguing the case for some time, the learned Senior counsel for the petitioner seeks to withdraw the Writ Petition with liberty to pursue the representation stated to have been made to the competent authority.