Height: 5′ 2″
Age: 35 Years
Marital Status: Unmarried
Some Lesser Known Facts About Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj
Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj is an Indian men’s rights activist who is also working as a journalist. She is a documentary filmmaker. In 2016, she produced and directed a documentary named ‘Martyrs of Marriage (MoM).’ This film featured the real-life husbands who have committed suicide after being filed under the criminal section 498A (Anti-dowry law) of Indian law by their wives. The movie reveals the misuse of section 498A by the wives for a huge amount of money from their husbands and their families by out of the court settlement.
Deepika came into the limelight when she disclosed the fraud victims ‘Rohtak sisters’ in 2014. She collected the evidence by investigating the witnesses against the conspired viral video of alleged dowry by these sisters.
She started working as a software engineer in Infosys soon after completing her higher education. She worked there for two years from 2006 to 2008. She left Infosys in 2008 and decided to enter television and media. In 2009, she made a documentary film named Gramin Dak Sevak. Soon, at Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival, this documentary earned a student film award. In November 2010, she started working as an editorial consultant at Exchange4Media.
Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj alleges to be a sufferer of fallacious allegations of section 498A by her sister-in-law after Deepika’s marriage. Deepika, along with her cousin, were the victims of the fraud section 498A case. However, she added to this that her family resolved this case in an out of the court settlement with her in-laws. These hurting assertions compelled her to join the Save Indian Foundation Movement. This movement protests for a law that is gender-neutral and both the parties (wife and husband) of the case must be heard before any verdict.
The interviews executed by Deepika Narayan in her documentary film Martyrs of Marriage showed the decision of various women rights groups who have already accepted that section 498A has been decriminalised to a large extent by the Supreme Court of India.
In 2016, she directed the documentary ‘Martyrs of Marriage’ based on her personal real-life situations. This documentary exposed the misuse of the IPC 498A law. This is an anti-dowry law that fights for the rights of both men and women who were the victims of section 498A. In a conversation with a media house, Deepika Narayan explained the success of her film,
Since the documentary was released, I have received endless messages expressing gratitude and appreciation for the same.”
In 2019, Deepika started campaigning for the #MeToo movement in India that involved some false sexual harassment cases. She also wrote an article on this movement titled,
How the me-too movement turned men into disposable or collateral damage, sacrificable at the altar of the idea of protecting women.”
In 2019, she was involved in exposing the controversial viral video of the Rohtak sisters. This case was happed in 2014. During her investigation in this fraudulent blaming of the two sisters, she investigated and interviewed the real witnesses of the case. In 2019, she released a video full of proof that held the victims of lying.
In 2019, Deepika Bhardwaj campaigned for the ‘National Commission for Men in India,’ a law that looks into the matters of the victim men in India. To minimise the fake sexual assaults and domestic violence cases this law was appealed to be implemented by Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj. In a conversation with the media house DNA, Deepika narrated that she was blamed by various women social activists for helping and protesting for the victim men in India. She expressed,
It is ironic that the same women’s rights activists, who call themselves feminists, say they stand for gender equality, but as soon as it comes to men’s victimisation, they dismiss the conversation citing numbers. It is sad. I don’t think it has to be men vs women war. I think it is about justice, irrespective of gender.”
Deepika Bhardwaj is often seen delivering motivational speeches on various public speaking platforms including TEDx. She is a public motivator who campaigns for gender-neutral laws in India.
She often appears on debate shows of renowned Indian news channels.
In an interview, she revealed that she was the victim of false dowry demanding allegations in 2011. She said,
In the year 2011, my family became a victim of false accusations of dowry and domestic violence. Even though no case was filed against us because we settled the matter, albeit on our terms, succumbing to the blackmail due to fear left a huge impact on my mind and my life because I saw my most loved ones suffer.”
Deepika Bhardwaj revealed in a conversation with a media house that she faced big trouble while helping a victim man. She further stated that while helping a man and his father with molestation charges, she was blamed by the man’s wife and an FIR was lodged against her. She told,
I had an FIR registered against me by a man’s wife in Lucknow because I asked this guy to take action against her as she had morphed his father’s photo on a dog and posted it on Facebook. I had tagged that man publicly on Facebook and I guess his wife saw it and felt enraged.”
According to Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj, she did not care about the women activists and the feminists who blamed her for fighting for the men victims in India. She stated in an interview that she began fighting for the rights of men when the whole country was raging the rape of a young woman but nobody thought the same for the innocent men. She explained,
The day I started in this space, I knew I was doing something which was politically incorrect, risky, unpopular and looked down upon. I started my journey in a year when the entire country was boiling because of the brutal assault and rape of a young woman. Who on earth would think of talking about men in those circumstances? But I did because it was necessary.”
Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj received the Purushath award for her fights for the rights of innocent men.
According to Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj, irrespective of gender everyone should be equal in the eyes of law and must be heard before the final verdict. In a conversation with a media house, she stated that as a woman she decided to be the voice for the men as she knew that if a man stood for his rights in the Indian society, he was generally mocked by the people. She said,
The wrong needs to be spoken about irrespective of the gender. As a woman, I decided to be the voice for men as I know that if a man voices for his rights, he is generally mocked at in the society.”