Target: Akhilesh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh state chief minister
Goal: Denounce the failure of police to punish perpetrators of violence against women
Lately, a group of women protesters demonstrating outside the office of state chief minister Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow, India, were suppressed by water cannons that the police released on them. These protesters were displaying their frustration and anger at the police’s failure to prosecute the perpetrators in rape cases that have been increasing in India.
Violence targeting women has increased at a shocking rate. Indian citizens have complained that nothing has changed much in regards to enforcing more stringent policies, even after the December, 2012 fatal raping of an adolescent woman in New Delhi, the national capital. New policies, which include increasing rapists’ prison terms to 20 years and criminalizing the trafficking and stalking of women, were supposed to be enacted after the 2012 incident. However, crimes are still committed with little to no punishment. For instance, when the father of a missing girl recently reported that his daughter and another girl were missing, the police took no action. Later, the girls were found gang raped and killed. Although the two police officers responsible for the inaction were fired due to their not following the policies, the father’s plight should not have been ignored in the first place.
Many cases are not reported by the victims and their families, due to fear of public criticism and of getting attacked by the criminals if they come forward to police. Victims and their families should not have to stay silenced by the hostile environment created by the corrupt police. Sign the petition below to urge the Indian police to put a stop to this great injustice that they are enacting by being indifferent to the rampant rape cases.
Dear Akhilesh Yadav,
I am writing to urge you to quit the apathetic view you have toward the violence against women that has been rampant in your area. Even though horrible acts of violence have been committed in the past, the policies regarding the prosecution of the aggressors of these crimes have not changed much. This is completely inexcusable.
The victims and victims’ families are not only hurt by this lack of action by the police, but members of the community are also negatively affected. The inaction by the police raises security concerns for everybody in the community, and causes the perpetrators to feel bolder in continuing acts of violence against women.
Something must be done about the shocking increase in rape cases and the astonishingly indifferent attitude that the police when it comes to bringing justice to the victims. Please work to increase awareness about violence against women, and enact more stringent laws to better protect the women in the community and thereby increase safety for everyone.
[Your Name Here]
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