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Help me take 'Martyrs of Marriage' to the public

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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29th November 2017
Dear Donor,

On October 22, 2017 "Martyrs of Marriage" completed a year of its release.

I am really happy to share that on November 19, 2017, International Men's Day, we released the film online worldwide to take it to as many people as possible and the response so far has been satisfying.

Full documentary is now available to watch here:

I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support and your trust in me and this project. If you had not supported, I would not have been able to take the film to so many places.

Since the film is now online, I closed the fundraising campaign few days ago.

I was a little inactive for last few months as I had to work on the film again because of some unfortunate developments post my travel to Australia.  It took some time to get the film back in a form fit for online release. I also took up a job to keep myself afloat financially.

Every phase in this journey taught me something and has only strengthened my resolve to keep contributing to the space of men’s issues.

I hope you keep in touch with me and my efforts always. The best way to reach me is through my email id and to keep yourself updated on what’s happening with the film, please subscribe for updates on

I have contact details of most of the donors except those who donated anonymously, I shall keep you posted about developments from my end. We shall be releasing the DVD of the film also sometime in January. I shall keep you all posted regarding the same.

As a donor, I would be more than happy to provide a free access to the film to you. Please reach out to me on to request the same and I shall ensure you have a free access. Please write in subject line: DONOR ACCESS TO THE FILM

I am extremely happy to share with you that I have been invited to speak at a global media summit by BBC next week in Manchester, UK. I shall be in Manchester and London for a week. If you are there, please do write to me and I will be more than happy to have a word or meet. We are also screening the documentary in London on December 8th. Here's the link for the same:

It's a free screening but we have very few seats left. If you are there, it would be a pleasure if you join in.

Last but not the least, I am available on Facebook on "Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj" and on twitter on @DeepikaBhardwaj . Please stay in touch.

If you have any queries or anything to ask, please do reach out.

If you can help me in any which way in larger distribution of the documentary around the world, please reach out to me on

Sincere Gratitude.

God bless you for all the support extended.

Warm Regards
Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj

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