Target: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Goal: Demand that the Indian government implement policies that will help spread awareness about rape and stop the type of sexual violence that killed a 23 year-old student.
The incident of a female 23 year-old student who was horrifically and ruthlessly raped by a group of men on a moving bus in Delhi, India has caused outcry throughout the world. The woman had been treated at a hospital in Singapore and recently died from the injuries she sustained. The hospital released this statement, ”The patient passed away peacefully at 4:45am on 29 Dec 2012.” The patient’s family had been by her side, the statement added.
The victim and her friend had been at a movie when they boarded the bus in the Munirka area of Delhi, traveling to Dwarka in another part of the city. Law enforcement said she was raped for nearly an hour, and both she and her companion were beaten with iron bars and thrown out of the moving bus and into the street. Six men, including the bus driver, have been arrested and two police officers have been suspended following the December 16th attack.
On arrival at the hospital in Singapore, doctors said that as well as a “prior cardiac arrest, she also had infection of her lungs and abdomen, as well as significant brain injury”.
A statement from hospital chief executive Kelvin Loh said about the victim, “She had suffered from severe organ failure following serious injuries to her body and brain. She was courageous in fighting for her life for so long against the odds, but the trauma to her body was too severe for her to overcome.”
The government has tried to address the issue by announcing a series of measures intended to make Delhi safer for women, including more police night patrols, checks on bus drivers and their assistants, and the banning of buses with tinted windows or curtains. The government has also said that it will post the photos, names and addresses of convicted rapists on official websites to shame them.
Call upon Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other Indian officials to ensure that appropriate policies are enacted to make India a safer place for women.
Dear Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Sexual violence is and continues to be a worldwide crisis. As a nation dedicated to democracy, you have the obligation to address the horrific gang-rape of the 23 year old girl in Delhi. This obligation entails not only a vocal condemnation of sexual violence and apology to the victim’s family, but tangible steps to ensure that no other women have to endure what this young woman did.
Sexual violence is not unique to India, but as a nation trying to modernize and shed its image as a male-dominated society, you must take concrete and swift steps to ensure that these types of tragedies do not happen again. Do not let the death of this girl be forgotten; make sure her family knows that her life was meaningful enough to engender sufficient action by your government. You must take every step possible to protect the citizens of your country from sexual violence.
[Your Name Here]
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