Justice for Indian Sisters Sentenced to Rape Punishment

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Target: Principal Secretary of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Goal: Disband and punish the village council that ordered two women to be raped as punishment for something their brother did.

An all-male village council in India has ordered that 23-year-old Meenakshi Kumari and her 15-year-old sister be raped as punishment for a violation their brother committed. The Indian Supreme Court has made the actions of councils like this illegal, but the punishments are still carried out much of the time.

The ladies’ older brother eloped with a woman from a higher caste, something frowned upon in Indian culture. The village council decided the man’s sisters must be punished for his crime by being raped and paraded around naked with blackened faces.

This kind of sickening attitude should not be occurring in this day and age. The higher government of India needs to step up and take action to prevent this from happening and to disband village councils such as this that perpetrate such disgusting rules. Urge the Principal Secretary of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, to stop this gross punishment from happening.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Principal Secretary of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh,

Meenakshi Kumari and her 15-year-old sister have been ordered by a village council to be raped as punishment for a violation their brother committed by eloping with a woman from a higher caste. The actions of these kind of councils are supposed to be illegal, yet their punishments are still often carried out.

These women didn’t do anything wrong, and no one should be put through a horrific situation like this. India must rise up to protect its women, even ones in smaller areas controlled by men who shouldn’t be in power. You and others in power must take action to stop this punishment from happening and disband village councils like this that are functioning illegally. I urge you to protect these women and fight against these village councils.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: KittyKaht

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