Women's Rights Are Human Rights: Condemn the Horrific Gang Rape in Delhi, Empower Public Safety
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Women's Rights Are Human Rights: Condemn the Horrific Gang Rape in Delhi, Empower Public Safety

    1. Vidya Sri
    2. Petition by

      Vidya Sri

      mount tabor, NJ

Public Safety for Women in India has become a bigger concern due to the recent death of the gang rape victim in Delhi. A great deal of support is needed to cause change on this issue. I am an American and I have found it challenging to use public buses in India without experiencing some form of  molestation. I was assaulted last year in Delhi on a business trip. The police showed complete disinterest until I involved the US embassy. It was a tough battle. One of my friends sustained fractures to his skull while trying to protect me and the security guard standing nearby watched the whole thing and then ran away. The manager of the security guard, who I later reached out to, blamed us for being out at night.

The support of many different organizations, communities, and individuals will be needed to help drive change on this issue.

I have worked for a fortune 500 for many years. I have seen their genuine and powerful commitment to the communities they serve. We come together now as a global community to empower public safety for women in India.

Enforcement is Key. Economic strength is a major change agent. Let us partner with American companies doing business in India to help drive lasting change.

Your support is crucial.

The companies in this petition are known for their strong commitment to corporate social responsibility, civic duty, and governance. They have been recognized and ranked under  “America’s Most Reputable Companies” by Forbes, 2012. Their products and services have been deemed a global standard. Their deep commitment to their employees, customers, and the communities they serve differentiate them as best in class.

American companies form the majority of the foreign companies operating in India while also being one of the top sources of foreign direct investment in India. They have joint ventures, back office operations, manufacturing, IT services, retail, financial services, and customer service call centers in India.

 I am requesting that these companies condemn this atrocious act against this young woman so that safety for women in public spaces is addressed quickly and appropriately. This will strengthen their brand worldwide as their employees and customers engage deeply with the genuine concern they have for the communities they serve.

Their powerful voice will comfort millions of families who are concerned for the safety of their daughters, sisters, wives, and mothers. Their support will  empower lawmakers to keep their focus on this issue and ensure that effective safeguards are put in place.

 

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    1. Reached 500 signatures
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    4. Our Petition is the Sunday Cover Story (1/6/13) in The Daily Record

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      The brutal rape and death of a 23-year-old student in Delhi so outraged Vidya Sri, an activist against forced marriages, that she created a petition calling for American corporations doing business in India to condemn the violence publicly.

    5. Supreme Court Lawyer Defends Accused with Strong Opinions

      Vidya Sri
      Petition Organizer

      Indian gang rape suspects 'blame the victim for being out late at night with boyfriend'

      The lawyer representing three of the men charged with the brutal gang rape and murder of a young Indian woman on a bus in New Delhi has blamed the victims for the assault. Manohar Lal Sharma said in an interview outside the Supreme Court in the capital he had never heard of a 'respected lady' being raped in India.

    6. Delhi Supreme Court Lawyer Defends Accused and has Strong Opinions

      Vidya Sri
      Petition Organizer

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      Indian gang rape suspects 'blame the victim for being out late at night with boyfriend'

      The lawyer representing three of the men charged with the brutal gang rape and murder of a young Indian woman on a bus in New Delhi has blamed the victims for the assault. Manohar Lal Sharma said in an interview outside the Supreme Court in the capital he had never heard of a 'respected lady' being raped in India.

    7. No One Helped Us - The Victim's Friend

      Vidya Sri
      Petition Organizer
      Delhi gang-rape victim wanted accused to be burnt alive: Braveheart's friend

      The male friend of the Delhi gang-rape victim - the only witness in the case - on Friday spoke for the first time in front of the nation and exclusively told Zee News that his friend was "positive" and wanted to live even after the horrific incident that took place on the night of December 16.

    8. Reached 250 signatures
    9. Lawyers Pass Resolution not to defend the accused rapists

      Vidya Sri
      Petition Organizer
      Delhi Gang-rape: Lawyers to 'stay away' from accused

      Watch the video Delhi Gang-rape: Lawyers to 'stay away' from accused on Yahoo! India. Lawyers will not defend the six people standing trial for the gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old medical student in the national capital.

    10. Portrait of the Victim in Delhi

      Vidya Sri
      Petition Organizer
      Portrait Emerges of Victim in New Delhi Gang Rape

      She was studious, ambitious and about to be married. Her parents had sold off land and scrimped on food to pay for her and her brothers' education. She came to India's capital to pursue dreams of being a doctor, from a tiny farming village that regularly suffered drought and floods.

    11. Comparison Between Dublin and New Delhi

      Vidya Sri
      Petition Organizer
      Rape Crisis Centre draws comparison between Dublin and New Delhi

      Ellen O'Malley-Dunlop, the head of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, said more needs to be done to address the 'escalation' in the number of rapes in Dublin.

    12. Ringing in the New Year With All of You !

      Vidya Sri
      Petition Organizer

      Wishing all of the amazing activists and supporters of this Petition a wonderful New Year in 2013 ! Please don't forget to share this important petition with your friends and family. It will take every single one of us to compel this fight. We can only do this together !

    13. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Michael Loughran MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      This is disgusting behaviour and must stop

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    • Kim DeMattia NOVI, MI
      • about 1 year ago

      I believe it takes a step like this to make a difference.

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      • over 1 year ago

      This kind of attacks are just disgusting, according to me there should be a very brutal punishment to such criminals

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • over 1 year ago

      All over the world women and girls cannot move freely. Especially the early morning or evening/night hours are very dangerous for them, but there are countries where they are constantly in danger during the day as in India or Egypt. while men are free to move anywhere. To speak of equality means the women to be ridiculed. Women and girls have the right to live free from fear, they are not dolls which can be constantly abused by men. This must be changed at once!

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    • Melanie Jagdeo HOUSTON, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      Your workers give you profit. You should respect that help prevent them from experiencing TORTURE all because they tried to work for YOU and make their own living!

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