Stop Crimes Based on Racial Bias and Deeply Rooted Prejudices

Target: Mr. Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister of Karnataka, India

Goal: Implement stricter regulations to prevent hate crimes.

The brutal killing of a 19-year-old girl, Ramya, allegedly by her own father, over her romantic relationship with a man from a different community, is a grim reflection of the dangers posed by hate-fueled actions. The disturbing incident has unfolded in the Kolar district of Karnataka, India, revealing a reported hate crime that demands the immediate attention of authorities.

The victim’s father, Venkatesh Gowda, reportedly took her life by strangulation, driven by his disapproval of her relationship with a young man from the ST Nayak community. Despite efforts to dissuade her from pursuing the relationship, the victim’s determination persisted. This heartbreaking incident underscores the need to address the deeply rooted prejudices and biases that can escalate into such heinous acts.

The perpetrators allegedly further compounded the crime by hastily burying Ramya’s body in secret, highlighting the lengths to which they seemingly went to conceal their actions. The alleged involvement of family members and relatives in the cover-up further exemplifies the severity of the issue. Demand action now.


Respected Mr. Siddaramaiah,

We write to you with grave concern regarding the recent tragic incident in the Kolar district, shedding light on a seemingly disturbing hate crime. The reported killing of 19-year-old Ramya over her relationship with a man from a different community is an affront to the values of equality, human rights, and justice that our society upholds.

This apparent incident underscores the urgent need for stringent measures to prevent and counteract hate crimes. We implore you, as the Chief Minister of Karnataka, to take immediate and decisive action. We call for the implementation of stricter regulations that address hate crimes and ensure that such cases are dealt with swiftly and justly.

The unfortunate demise of Ramya serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need to tackle prejudices that can lead to violence and brutality. By enacting comprehensive legislation that condemns hate crimes and ensures that perpetrators are held accountable, we can create a safer society for all.

We urge you to use your authority to advocate for justice for Ramya and all victims of hate crimes. The state of Karnataka has the opportunity to set an example by addressing this issue head-on and ensuring that such tragic incidents are prevented in the future.

Let us work together to create a society that values diversity, promotes tolerance, and ensures justice for all its citizens.


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