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Funded heavily by Ford Foundation and foreign church groups, Flavia Agnes’ NGO Majlis files PILs and influence government policy decisions and creation of new laws mainly divorce and maintenance laws.
Majlis and Flavia opposed Shared Parenting, wanted to liberate Hindu women while opposing Uniform Civil Code that could ensure equal rights for Muslim or Christian women as well. Flavia promoted that marriage is not sacred and targeted Hindu marriages specifically. Not only that, on the pretext that marriage is not sacred, Majlis is trying to bring stricter criminal provisions for IPC 498a, the section notorious for its misuse rather than use; trying to implement marital rape making more husbands rapists on mere allegation, and also trying to include criminal provisions in one-sided Domestic Violence Law.
Being a Christian herself Flavia speaks about Hindu women and how bad Hindu marriages are. She formed ‘Majlis’ after she found her divorce to be difficult for herself and today helps women in getting divorces. From Majlis website, it is evident that Majlis is more bent on attacking Hindu customs, relations rather than any other religions.
Donations to Majlis
Majlis FCRA funding
Countrywise share to Majlis funding since 2006
Growth in foreign funding to Majlis
Some Donor Profiles
Ford Foundation donated 3.4 crores (34 million) to Majlis since 2006. They have also come under Indian government scanner recently for running anti-India campaigns. It is to be noted that Indira Jaisingh’s NGO Lawyers’ Collective also received 6.2 crores from the same foundation. This is to note that both NGOs work on influencing India’s legal policies and was instrumental in overhauling various Hindu laws by filing PILs and deputation in parliament etc.
International Development Research Center, (IDRC, Canada)
- Funds researches in other countries
- Contribute to Canada’s global policy,
- From 2012-13 it started providing hefty amounts to Majlis for running free legal aid centers
- Paid Rs. 2.7 crore (27 million) so far
HIVOS a Netherlands based group work for the improvements of international cooperation and women empowerment. From the year 2006, they have paid Rs. 2.2 crores (22 million) to Majlis. The purpose of a donation from them between 2007 – 10 is not specified to FCRA, however, the purpose of the donation given in 2012-13 was for “cultural shows”.
Majlis is currently working on Introducing more criminal provisions in Hindu marriages, introducing Marital Rape and opposing Shared parenting.