Target: President of India, Pranab Mukherjee
Goal: Expedite trials for Indian women tortured and accused of witchcraft
Thirteen years ago, women in Chhattisgarh, India were tortured, assaulted, paraded around naked, and even suffered death for practicing witchcraft, and they are still waiting for justice. Teerath, Shyama, and Bisahin Bai made national news in 2001 after they endured torture at the hands of more than 20 people.
These three women said they were forced to hold live electric wire in order to prove that they were not witches and were dragged through the streets by their hair. They have also been subjected to humiliation and many have been kicked out of their families to live in isolation.
Many of these women died while waiting for their trials and have been forced to suffer social leprosy as a result of these accusations heir entire lives. In remote villages such as Chhattisgarh, India, people are likely to blame a vulnerable family member, who is typically a widowed or single female without children, if something goes wrong. A low crop yield or a mysterious or sudden death are often blamed on witchcraft and black magic.
Women in these remote villages have endured extreme torture and continue to suffer at the hands of their fellow, angry villagers. They deserve a fair and speedy trial. Please sign the petition below to urge India’s president to expedite their trials and set a just precedence for future women accused of witchcraft.
Dear President Pranab Mukherjee,
In 2001, many women were tortured or suffered death at the hands of villagers in Chhattisgarh, India on the accusation that they were performing witchcraft. These accusations had very serious consequences for these women, many of whom are still forced to live in isolation.
As part of their torture, these women were forced to hold live electric wires and were paraded around the village naked. Not only is living in isolation and public humiliation cruel, but the fact that many died while waiting for their trials to be taken to court is horrifying. They should not have to wait such an enormous amount of time for justice to be served.
Please expedite these women’s trials. They have suffered long enough at the hands of their fellow villagers and deserve fair and speedy court proceedings.
[Your Name Here]
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