Target: President of India Pranab Mukherjee
Goal: Impartially investigate and prosecute the gang-rape and murder of two low-caste Indian girls
Two girls in India were found murdered after being brutally gang-raped. Their bodies were left hanging from trees. Since police in India are known to not pursue many rape cases, public pressure is needed to ensure full prosecution of the criminals.
Before the attack, the two girls had gone outside to use the bathroom. The father of one of the girls noticed that his daughter had not come home and tried to enlist the help of local police, but they refused to register or investigate the crime. Instead one officer slapped the father. The next day the girls were found hanging from trees near their houses and autopsies showed that they had been gang-raped and strangled.
Violence against women is a major problem in India, and lower caste women often face the worst of it. Despite safeguards and constitutional protection many women face physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Gender inequality runs rampant in the country, where some rural communities tolerate female infanticide because a son is worth more to the family than a daughter. Crimes against lower caste women in particular go unnoticed and unregistered by the police. There is a backlog of criminal cases and many are not even investigated. Police have also been known to cooperate with criminals by covering up crimes or simply choosing not to prosecute.
The people responsible for the rape and murder of these girls should be impartially tried, however this cannot happen without an impartial investigation. Urge the President of India to call for the girls’ murderers to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Dear President Mukherjee,
Recently two young girls were found dead, their corpses hanging from trees near their homes. Autopsies showed that these girls were brutally gang-raped before they were strangled. The discovery of these bodies has traumatized their families and highlights the violence that many women face in India.
Laws state that an investigation must be conducted to find the killers. I am writing to urge you to make sure that such an investigation is impartial and fair. There has already been evidence of police interfering with the case, and for the sake of the families and the memory of these girls justice must be upheld.
[Your Name Here]
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