Demand Indian Government Takes Action After Gang-Rape Victim Passes Away

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.

PETITION LETTER:

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.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

photo credit: licensed by Donna Collins under Creative Commons Attribution

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3 Comments

  1. TRUDY NICKOLS says:

    THE MEN THAT DONE THIS CRIME SHOULD BE PUNISHED FOR THE FULL STINT OF THE LAW HOW WOULD THEY LIKE IT IF THIS WAS THEIR MOTHER,WIFE,DAUGHTER,NEICE? THAT THESE MEN DID TO THESE WOMEN, THERE SHOULD BE MORE PROCETION FOR ALL WOMEN

  2. There should be sufficient measures to ensure the survival of the social. There should also be deselective measures to remove the unsocial. For example, these men were probably psychopaths. Psychopaths are genetically mentally ill. Brain scans show that over 1/2 of their brains are nonfunctional. They can only feel fear and anger. They cannot care for others or feel pity. However, they learn to appear normal, and mix with us. This puts us in permanent danger from them. I believe we should test embryoes for psychopathy, and allow parents to deselect psychopathic embryoes. This would possibly prevent occurrences such as this one, in the future.

  3. Jamila Subedhar says:

    It has to take a young woman’s life for the awareness to come to light. Why couldn’t the Indian government act on this before. This crime is not something new to India. It has been ongoing for decades and always put in the back burner as women are not regarded as precious as men. At least may this young woman’s paid life be the means for reform.

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