Target: Jagmohan Yadav, Director General of Police
Goal: Prevent two sisters from being raped in retaliation for their brother’s actions.
Twenty-three-year-old Meenakshi Kumari and her 15-year-old sister have been forced to flee their home after a khap panchayat, an unelected, all-male village council, decreed that they should be raped as punishment for their brother eloping with a woman of a higher caste. The two women, along with other family members, fear for both their own safety and the safety of their brother and his wife. Sign the petition and demand that they be granted protection in accordance with their wishes, and that authorities investigate the khap panchayat and prosecute those responsible for its violent “verdict.”
Since their brother eloped, the sisters and another brother have been threatened and harassed. They have relocated to Delhi, where they have filed a petition with the Supreme Court requesting protection so they can return home.
India’s Supreme Court has ruled that khap panchayats have no legal authority to hand down sentences. However, such groups still wield large amounts of social influence in many parts of India. It is therefore imperative that the Kumari family, especially Meenakshi and her sister, are afforded protection and that those who threaten them with violence are brought to justice. Sign the petition and demand that the government come to the aid of Meenakshi Kumari and her family.
I am writing to demand the utmost level of protection for Meenakshi Kumari, her sister, and her family in the wake of their being harassed and threatened by their neighbors and by their village’s khap panchayat. I also urge you to investigate the council and bring to justice those responsible for its horrific “verdict” and horrifying actions.
When one of the Kumari sons eloped with a woman of a higher case, a khap panchayat decided that 23-year-old Meenakshi Kumari and her 15-year-old sister should be raped as punishment. This violent sentence is not uncommon among khap panchayats, even though they have no legal authority to hand down or enforce such sentences. The Kumaris have fled from their village to Delhi, where they are trying to gain protection in order to be able to return home. I urge you to help them to the best of your ability, and to do so as quickly as possible. The entire family, especially the two young women, depend upon protection for their safety.
I also ask you to investigate the khap panchayat that ordered such a violent, unnecessary punishment and to bring those responsible for the decision to justice.
[Your Name Here]
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