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Help me take 'Martyrs of Marriage' to the public

#BeBoldForChange.

My name is Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj. Many of you who read this may know about me and my work, many of you may not. In a nut shell - I talk about a gender that's forgotten when it comes to discussion on gender issues. Whether it is matrimonial challenges, pain because of betrayal in relationships, domestic abuse and violence, bias by the system, injustice because of one sided laws - we hardly ever consider men as victims.

Four years ago, I took it upon myself to speak up against injustice done to men. Speak up for men who become victims of false dowry and domestic violence cases. Men who themselves are wronged in a marriage but are accused as wrong doers, men who face false accusations and hence have their career, family and life destroyed because of someone's vendetta.

I decided to do so through a documentary and started making Martyrs of Marriage - a documentary film on misuse of IPC 498A - laws related to dowry harassment. The film is about how men and their families become victims of gender biased laws in India. Many even choose to end their lives in absence anybody interested in hearing their side of the story.

Watch the Trailer here

The film is now complete and I want to showcase it to as many people as possible across India. The idea is to create awareness towards this issue and seek intervention of our lawmakers to give justice to those falsely accused in 498A.

My Request

I quit my job to do this work and have spent my life's saving to make this film. A lot of people helped me earlier to ensure that this film sees light of the day and I seek support of other such kind souls to help me take this film to as many viewers as possible. 

I am looking for funds to ensure screenings across multiple locations in India. I also want to send the film to film festivals, dub the film in different languages, pay people who are helping me and make this a movement to make the lawmakers listen to problem people are facing because of biased laws.

I am looking for public support to ensure that I take this film far and wide. I insist that you fund my work only if you have full faith in me.

Warm Regards,
Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj
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25th May 2017
My Dear Donors,

First of all...thanks from the bottom of my heart for being by my side in this journey. Your contribution has made me realize the dream of taking this film to thousands of people through screenings and millions through the coverage the film has got. The film has been receiving a phenomenal response not just in India but abroad too.

I have so many things to share with all of you but let's begin from where all we have taken the film to.

After starting from Delhi, Martyrs of Marriage has now been screened in several cities across India including Bangalore, Chennai, Madurai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Kaithal, Pune, Ahmedabad, Gurgaon, Raipur, Bhilai, Jalandhar, Jaipur and also outside India in Dubai. All of these screenings have been free of any charge for the audience and the expenditures for these screenings have been made by me through the crowd fund generated through this platform in most cities except few where people put together the entire show themselves. I must mention that several chapters of Save Indian Family Movement have helped me immensely in putting together these shows and have been a great support for the film. Their contributions can not be measured with money.

Now - about the coverage of the film - We have been covered by almost every leading newspaper brand across India including Asia Times, Times of India, Hindustan Times, Dainik Bhaskar, Dainik Jagran, The Tribune, Mumbai Mirror, Business Standard, Mid Day, DNA, Patrika, Ei Samay, Punjab Kesari and many more including BBC that did an exclusive story on me, my work, issue of misuse of women centric laws and Martyrs of Marriage. Happy to share that they did this story as a part of their series 'Asian Women to Watch Out for in 2017' featuring me as a part of the same.

We have also achieved the feat of taking the film to Judicial Academies where the film is now being shown to passing out batches of Magistrates and Police Officers. We have been able to reach out to several senior most Judges through the film , some of whom have also attended the screening and appreciated the film and the effort towards gender neutral justice in India.

I am very happy to share with you that the next destination for Martyrs of Marriage now is Australia where the film is being shown at International Conference on Men's Issues (ICMI'17) on June 10th, 2017. You can find more on icmi.info.  If any of you are in Australia, It would be my pleasure to have you at the screening of the film. Please get in touch with me in case you are there and I shall take care of your presence at the screening. Any help financially towards this journey will be really appreciated.

We have initiated talks for screening of the film in the Parliament also. Let's see how far we can go with that.

Last but not the least, it is you all without whom this would not be possible at all. Please rest assured that the only way the money contributed by you is being used is for the film and my effort to take it across the globe. If any of you would like to reach out to me personally for any clarfications, please let me know. Your trust is what matters the most to me.

I hope to stay connected. Milaap has been extremely kind to run this campaign for an extended period so that the film's journey doesn't stop. If you wish to share this campaign with people, please do so as the campaign is still on.

Please don't miss the updates on the film and my work - follow me and Martyrs of Marriage page on facebook to remain abreast of all the development on the film front.

Forever Thankful,
Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj
Director & Producer
Martyrs of Marriage
www.martyrsofmarriage.com

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