Target: Sushil Kumar Shinde, Home Minister, India
Goal: Reform Indian sexual assault laws to protect innocent women from brutal gang rapes
A man convicted of fatal rape in India received a sentence of just three years in a reform home. Although there are questions about his true age, the man was believed to be seventeen at the time of the incident, and therefore sentenced as a juvenile. The victim’s family is unable to seek justice for her brutal death due to Indian sexual assault laws. Fight for the rights of rape victims in India.
The defendant was the most brutal of the attackers of this twenty-three year old victim, who was tricked into boarding an off-duty bus with a companion after seeing an afternoon movie. The rapists used a metal bar to inflict severe internal injuries on the woman, and she died in a hospital after being discovered lying naked on the roadside.
This attack is just one of many horrific sexual assaults happening in India, and protesters are demanding an overhaul of sexual assault laws. Government panels are reviewing suggested reforms that also take defendants’ mental and intellectual maturity into account and allow sixteen and seventeen year olds to be tried as adults for especially heinous crimes. Sign the below petition to show your support for Indian rape victims and urge the Indian government to protect women from violent crime.[gravityform id=1 name=Signthe Petition: ajax=false]
Dear Minister Shinde,
The recent verdict of the New Delhi gang rape on an off-duty bus is unacceptable. The most brutal attacker, although he may have still been seventeen at the time, deserves a stricter penalty than a mere three years in a juvenile home. Women in India are falling victim to brutal gang rapes on a regular basis, and Indian law must stand up to protect them.
I am urging you to listen to the families of rape victims and work with lawmakers to bring an end to these atrocities. By sentencing men to only three years in jail, the government is reinforcing the belief that rape is no big deal. Since birth dates are not always properly recorded in rural India, it is important that courts take the mental and intellectual capacity of defendants into account as well. Please stand up for the protection of women in your country so everyone can feel safer on the streets of India.
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