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Father's Day: Journey from honouring to discrimination leading to Fathers' Rights movement
Come the third Sunday of June, Father's Day is upon us once again, to pay respect to fathers and father figures for their societal contribution.

It may sound a bit strange, but it was two American women, Grace Golden Clayton and Sonora Dodd, who had advocated and batted for Father’s Day in the beginning of the 20th century which ultimately got the US Presidential proclamation in second half of the century for its celebration. Now, the day is celebrated around the world.

However, over the years, the observance has become commercial leading to tokenism. Also, due to governmental interventions and creation of family laws favouring women in most countries, the day is also being used to highlight Fathers’ Rights issues.

The Fathers' Rights movement is a movement that is primarily interested in issues related to family laws, including child custody, child support and shared parenting which affect adversely divorced fathers and their relationship with children.

Unfortunately, the family which was a social institution and parenting which was a social function, have now become civil rights and family law issues.

According a rough estimate, the number of single mother parents is almost 5 times more that single father parents. This means often mothers get the custody of children in the cases of divorce. Keeping this view, single fathers have created the Fathers’ Rights movement.

It has been reported that in many Western countries, some second wives of divorced fathers or other family members of men who have had some engagement with family law have also joined the movement.

The Fathers’ Rights movement has become a civil rights movement since it is being felt that discrimination against fathers has moved beyond the social gamut ever since the government passed family laws have become more biased toward mothers.

Even in India, Father’s Rights groups are active and have received some national press coverage. They are more vocal and visible on the forums that carry out family law debates and counselling of single fathers.

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