Target: The Parliament of India
Goal: Clearly define sexual assault and show more vigilance in enforcing anti-violence laws.
As highlighted by the recent gang-rape of a medical student who was riding a bus in New Delhi, the right to safety for women in India is clearly an issue that has yet to be resolved. Especially in New Delhi, the nation’s capital, violence against women is a serious problem, with over 600 rape cases this year. Women are constantly sexually harassed and molested in public spaces, but the penalties are hardly severe; many even believe that the women themselves are to blame for the violence against them. The few laws that exist protecting against assault are not even enforced – a street surveillance camera caught the bus in which the student was raped on tape, driving past three police vehicles in busy traffic. The bus however went unnoticed because of drawn curtains and dark tinted-glass windows. A Supreme Court Order passed earlier this year banning vehicles with tinted glass, yet this incident clearly illustrates how these laws are being ignored.
Protestors, news channels, and leaders such as Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi are taking a stand to show their outrage over the government’s negligence. While protestors and news channels seek to raise awareness through bold statements including “India betrays its daughters” and “Delhi’s Shame,” Gandhi has written to influential members of the government, pleading them for assurance that they will help end the pattern of violence. While many members of Parliament have expressed similar sentiments, as of now there has been no official word that any action has been taken.
Parliament must support the quest to end violence against women in India. By signing this petition you are urging the Parliament of India to pass an effective law protecting women against violence and to show more vigilance in enforcement of anti-violence laws.
Dear Members of the Parliament of India,
I am writing to you in response to the recent gang-rape that occurred in a New Delhi bus. First of all, I must express my outrage of the lack of enforcement of current laws that are in place. More importantly, I urge you to improve upon these laws and pass a law that effectively protects women against this sort of violent. The fact that over six hundred rape cases have been reported in New Delhi alone this year is appalling, and the fact that many of them occur in public is unacceptable. The government has shown clear negligence in protecting a woman’s right to safety, and measures must be taken to change that.
Between the protestors, news channels, and multiple members of the government and Parliament itself, there are many voices calling for a change to be made. I ask that you to listen to them, and pass a law immediately that clearly defines sexual assault and the penalties that will be enacted upon committing this crime. The attitude of the country at the moment is one of apathy, and the current “rape mentality” cannot be allowed to continue. You must move towards a country in which women are not fearful for their safety. Ensure that violence against women becomes an irregularity in India, and not a reoccurrence, and pass an effective law that will effectively criminalize sexual assault.
[Your Name Here]
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