Target: Governor of Uttar Pradesh Shri Ram Naik
Goal: Stop the sale of videos of sexual assaults and bring those responsible to justice.
Shopkeepers in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have been selling videos of sexual assaults. An investigation found videos showing rape and other acts of violence against women for sale for as little as 30 cents. Many of these videos were initially made for the purpose of blackmailing the victims of sexual assault but were either sold or stolen and then sold.
Incidents of violence against women increased by nine percent last year and the circulation of these videos may contribute to the continued rise of rates of this violence. When contacted, law enforcement officials stated that they had no knowledge of the existence of these videos, or that such videos were being sold. It is critical that the authorities clamp down on this practice as a lack of action amounts to tacit acceptance which can only produce a culture of impunity. Sign our petition and demand that the governor of Uttar Pradesh take decisive action to end the trade in these obscene videos.
Dear Governor Naik,
I was shocked to read the Al Jazeera investigation into the black market for videos depicting sexual assault in Uttar Pradesh. More worrying were the quotations of a number of inspector generals professing their ignorance of the videos’ existence. Without law enforcement working against this trade it will continue and grow. I urge you to ensure that members of Uttar Pradesh law enforcement are working to ensure an end to the sale of these obscene videos.
Furthermore, given these videos depict crimes, the criminals in these videos must be identified and arrested. Given the recent increases in violence against women, it is unacceptable that while these videos circulate those that committed the heinous acts within them continue to walk free. I urge you to uphold the rights of women and act to end the sale of these videos.
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