Target: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Goal: Improve protection for women in India by demanding faster police action and increased punishment for rapists.
The amount of violence against women in India has increased by 300 percent in the last few decades. Today, a case of rape is reported at least once every 18 hours. The Indian government is not doing enough to protect its female citizens. Recently, a violent protest broke out in the nation’s capital, New Delhi, where thousands gathered to voice contempt for the horrific gang-rape of an anonymous medical student that took place earlier in the month. The student was brutally raped for an hour before she was thrown out of a moving bus. She died weeks later.
Previous cases of rape have yielded similar tragedy. Another gang-rape victim allegedly committed suicide after police failed to register her case for two weeks and took an additional 30 days to arrest the suspects. During this time, the girl was harassed by the accused and is believed to have taken a dose of poison out of fear that the attack would be repeated. Had the government acted quickly to imprison the guilty party, such a tragedy may have been prevented.
Daily tragedies, however, continue as a result of imbalanced gender perceptions. Traditional patriarchy has dominated the culture, and it should be no surprise that most convicted rapists were raised in conservative parts of rural India before moving to the city. Still, India’s government perpetuates gender discrimination and offers little protection to women in every manner of security. It also demeans them for coming forward with complaints. Its patriarchal system and general mistreatment of women, according to many news sources, has created a nationwide culture of fear that abuses women and then discourages them from speaking out against violence. If they do, their voices are met with ambivalence.
Cases of rape should be taken very seriously, and it is an abomination that the Indian police are slow to react to them and apathetic to deal with them. There is a gross lack of policing in India today, and too little is being done to fight against violence. At present, it is difficult to change the detrimental patriarchal system that governs this country, but change can start by improving policing and increasing punishment for those convicted of rape. Appeal to the Prime Minister of India and ask that higher security be granted to women of India.
Dear Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,
Following the increased frequency of attacks against women in your nation, I implore you to make changes to your current system of policing and overall security for women. Too many women have suffered because your nation refuses to take rape cases seriously. Because these cases are becoming more frequent and violent by the day, I urge you to require police to take immediate action against those suspected of rape and to increase punishment for those convicted of it.
In the past, women have been harassed by rapists for reporting crime, and it is inexcusable that attackers are allowed to roam free for weeks before they are taken in for conviction. Those suspected of crime must be taken in immediately before more harm is done. Women have been killed or committed suicide because your nation’s police force has failed to protect them and fails still to punish those who harm them repeatedly. Women are suffering daily out of fear because India is not fighting against physical violence. Join this fight and increase security for the women of your country.
[Your Name Here]
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