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Father's Day: Need to create awareness about sorry plight of new age fathers and education of society in shared parenting
The hype about Father's Day, June 18 this year, has built up in the UK, India and Pakistan, since on this day, both the observance of Father's Day and the final of the Champions Trophy cricket match between India and Pakistan take place. Besides, the market forces are also trying to sell the day through gifts and special commercial events.

Father's Day is an observance that is meant to honour fathers and father-figures and celebrate the notions of fatherhood, fathering, paternal bonds, and the contribution and influence of fathers in families and society.

Some social group and civil society organizations are going to observe Father’s Day in various cities are creating awareness of a father’s plight and the rights of both the child and father to spend quality time with each other.

It is being exceedingly felt that fatherhood is a matter of learning with all its seriousness. It needs to be understood that is the fatherhood aspect of paternity that gives children their individual and social identities. David Gottesman has rightly said, "Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers and fathering is a very important stage in their development." 

However, there is another side of the story too, due to the trends of gender role reversal, single parenting, live-in relations, laws favouring women, divorces, gay marriages, adopted children, sperm donations, children out-of-wedlock, abandoned children, orphaned children, etc., the practice of treating fathers as "Free ATM Machines" and "Sperm Donors" is on the rise.

In metro cities, fathers and children are not getting ample opportunities and conducive atmosphere to develop a sustainable father-child relationship due to new lifestyles, nuclear families and odd work-hours.

Some organizations in India such as “Children’s Rights Initiative for Shared Parenting (CRISP) Bangalore”, “Army Against Dowry Law Misuse (AADMI) Lucknow”, “Protect Indian Family Foundation (PIFF) Mumbai”, “Save Family Foundation Delhi”, CRISP Nagpur etc., realizing the seriousness of a fatherless society being created observing Father’s Day in various cities are creating awareness of a father’s plight and the rights of both the child and father to spend quality time with each other.

They have demanded that in case of matrimonial disputes, shared parenting should be mandatorily implemented in all cases as far as possible. These organizations also called for sensitizing the judiciary from a father’s perspective. 

There is need to teach newlyweds the techniques of shared parenting as a part of life skills. Both the father and the mother must be life-long learners and keep on evolving themselves to surprise their children.

This aspect of fatherhood is aptly reflected in an anonymous quote which goes like this: "One night a father overheard his son pray: Dear God, make me the kind of man my daddy is. Later that night, the Father prayed, Dear God, make me the kind of man my son wants me to be."

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