President, CJI: Stop Rape Now!
  • Petitioned Pranab Mukherjee

This petition was delivered to:

President of India
Pranab Mukherjee
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India
Chief Justice of India

President, CJI: Stop Rape Now!

    1. Namita Bhandare
    2. Petition by

      Namita Bhandare

      New Delhi, India

The gang-rape of a 23-year-old student in a moving bus on the night of December 16 in the capital city of Delhi has triggered anger, outrage and shock amongst every citizen this country.

The National Crime Records Bureau records 572 rapes reported from Delhi for the year 2011. This year 635 rapes had already been reported as of December 15, 2012, Rape is not a problem that afflicts Delhi alone. In recent months, we have seen a rising crime graph against women being reported from virtually every corner of the country including Haryana, Kerala and Bangalore.

Each time a rape is reported, civil society reacts with anger and outrage, which unfortunately dies down and is forgotten, until the next time. The question to ask: what is the inflexion point? At what stage do we say collectively and in one voice: Enough. 

Many solutions have been offered in the light of this particular gang-rape and in the past. Some of these include: 

1. The setting up of fast track courts (as in Rajasthan recently) to ensure speedy trials. 
2. The imposition of maximum, exemplary sentence. 
3. The immediate clearing of all pending cases involving crimes against women. 
4. Immediate training and sensitisation of police force to crimes against women, including domestic violence, molestation and sexual assault. 
5. The immediate passage of pending bills that seek to protect women, including the Protection of Women Against Sexual Harassment at the Workplace Bill 2012 and the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2012 
6. Consultations with the Ministry of Human Resources to see how best to address the issue of sensitising boys through the school curriculum. 
7. National-level, open consultations involving civil society and other stake-holders on how best to tackle the growing misogyny and hostility against women as well as rising crimes against them.

Despite having so many women in positions of political leadership, a survey by TrustLaw found India to be ranked as the worst country in the world for women. At a time when women are increasingly claiming their rightful share of half the sky and asserting their autonomy and independence, the rising crimes against them are conducted with absolute impunity by criminals who have no fear of the law. 

We are writing to you in the hope that you will direct government and judiciary to take special note of the escalation of gender violence and work together on a priority basis to implement the measures detailed above. 

Lack of gender justice, lack of fear of the law, police and judicial apathy, failure of governance and shrinking public spaces is a matter of grave concern, not just for women but for every citizen of this country.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 400,000 signatures
    2. Fabulous. Brave. Path-breaking: The Justice J.S. Verma Commission report

      Namita Bhandare
      Petition Organizer

      The Justice J.S. Verma Commission delivered its 631-page report on January 23, just 29 days after it was set up. Comprising 14 chapters, an introduction, conclusions and recommendations and as many as 11 appendices, this report will go down as a landmark in India's fight for gender justice.
      The report covers not just rape (including marital rape) and sexual assault but also sexual harassment at the workplace, trafficking of women and children, khap panchayats and 'honour' killings, sentencing and punishment, protocols for the medico-legal examination of victims, police reforms, electoral reforms and education and perception reforms. It includes people of all sexual orientations. And it addresses the issue of sexual violence by armed and paramilitary forces.
      You can read the entire report here:
      Finally, a big thank you to all of you for your tremendous support. You helped make this happen.

      Justice Verma Report

      Justice Verma Report - Free ebook download as PDF File (.pdf), Text File (.txt) or read book online for free. Justice Verma Report 2013

    3. What has changed in just over a month?

      Namita Bhandare
      Petition Organizer

      My column in Hindustan Times on what has changed in over just a month? Feedback most welcome!

      Finally, the glass is half full - Hindustan Times

      Just over a month ago would you have imagined thousands, men as well as women, marching in protest against rape? Just over a month ago would you have imagined that an online petition could cancel a New Year concert by a hugely popular rapper who sings of his rape fantasies?

    4. Reached 300,000 signatures
    5. What next?

      Namita Bhandare
      Petition Organizer

      Today was the last day that the Verma Commission was accepting submissions from the public. At about 4 pm, I mailed our petition with 3.19 lakh signatures. Since then, we have grown to 3.28+ lakh! Thank you for speaking up. A copy has also been forwarded to the President and Chief Justice of India.
      What next? The Justice Verma Commission has a 30-day deadline to submit its report. Meanwhile, some of us felt it would be appropriate for Parliament's Budget Session, scheduled to start in the third week of February, to be brought forward so that members of Parliament can seriously consider and debate the Verma Commission recommendations as well as pending bills and pass them after due deliberation. We are writing to all MPs with this request.
      Until then, congratulations for a very successful campaign. We have made ourselves heard. I will keep you posted.
      With warm regards for a happy and safe new year.
      Namita Bhandare

    6. Reached 200,000 signatures
    7. We will be heard!

      Namita Bhandare
      Petition Organizer

      I joined the protesters at India Gate this morning on the march to Raisina Hill. People are angry but stayed peaceful despite being lathi-charged and tear-gassed. This is a time to say we will not be silenced. We will not remain quiet. Please keep this campaign going and spread the word. Thank you for your support.

    8. Reached 50,000 signatures
    9. The power of one

      Namita Bhandare
      Petition Organizer

      The Stop Rape Now! petition has gathered 22,000+ signatures in less than 10 hours. Thanks for your support and please do spread the word. This is a collective effort to say: enough.

    10. Reached 20,000 signatures



    Dec 30, 2012

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    Dec 30, 2012

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    Dec 26, 2012

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    Dec 26, 2012

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    Dec 22, 2012

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    Dec 21, 2012

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    Dec 21, 2012

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    Dec 20, 2012

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    Dec 20, 2012

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    Dec 20, 2012

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    Dec 20, 2012

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    Dec 19, 2012

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    Dec 19, 2012

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    Dec 19, 2012

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    Dec 19, 2012

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    Namita Bhandare


    Dec 19, 2012

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    Dec 19, 2012

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    Reasons for signing

    • Jo Chan NEW YORK, NY
      • 9 months ago

      It's cruel and inhuman!

      • 9 months ago

      Need to change society

      • 9 months ago

      Capital punishment should be given to the perpetrators.

    • Ishmael Tzuriel CREWE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago


    • kristin baker TORONTO, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      i am hurt by any act of violence against woman. rape is most outrageous crime committed. it leaves women broken angry filled w rage and so very hard to move forward. no woman should fear rape would occur to her. it devastates a woman's life and her perception on life and men and instills fear shock and a long period time required to heal. it is WRONG violent painful a nightmare


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