Protect Women from Sexual Assault and Rape

Target: Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Law and Justice, India

Goal: Protect Dalit women from widespread sexual attacks and violence.

A 19-year old woman belonging to India’s Dalit community, otherwise known as “untouchables,” has died after being attacked and raped by a group of men in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Hers is the latest in a string of assaults on Dalit women stretching back decades, an indication of the Indian government’s consistent failure to protect women of all classes. Despite a rape being reported every 15 minutes in India, most cases go unprosecuted.

Police have arrested four men in connection with the woman’s death, sending them through a fast-tracked legal route to ensure rapid sentencing. However, the pattern of brutal attacks on women, particularly impoverished and socially disadvantaged ones, continues unabated. Sign the petition letter below to demand that the Indian Justice Ministry bring to trial all reported outstanding rape cases and that such reports are taken seriously by police.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Prasad,

A 19-year-old Dalit woman in Uttar Pradesh has died from injuries sustained during a horrific act of sexual violence, making her the most recent victim of unpunished brutality toward Dalit women in India. While it is now up to the government of Uttar Pradesh to punish this heinous crime, more than 2 million Indian women report rapes every year, with many millions more going unreported. Even those reported to police are frequently swept under the rug, indicating a callous disregard for the safety and rights of women of all backgrounds in India.

I demand that you lead Indian legal authorities and law enforcement in pursuing unsolved rapes and assaults immediately, and that you instruct police agencies to treat every reported case with the seriousness it deserves.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: ActionAid India




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2 Comments

  1. SO YOU EVIL BEINGS RAPED THE POOR WOMAN WITHOUT TOUCHING HER–ALL OF YOU NEEDS CASTRATION AND TIME IN JAIL…AND BIG COMPENSATION FOR THE FAMILY

  2. Castration cures rapists for life and they can still pay compensation.

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