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Petitioning Maneka Gandhi

Make it mandatory for all hospitals to declare number of Caesarean deliveries #SafeBirth

Caesarean deliveries have become a business. The hospitals and doctors are making money off unsuspecting women and pushing them towards surgical deliveries. Even though serious complications were not detected, I was cut open to deliver my baby. I wanted to have a natural birth but had to undergo a C-section as it was presented to be more ’scientific, modern and risk-free’. I was misled, manipulated, confused and my choice was overriden. For many of us, the right to informed-refusal or consent during childbirth is hardly an option either due to lack of awareness or the high-handed attitude of doctors. It was a long, painful, depressing recovery for me and when I looked into this issue, what I found was alarming. India’s C-section rate is growing exponentially. The fact that private hospitals have a much higher rate of C-sections than public hospitals has a direct correlation to the fact that surgical deliveries cost so much more than normal ones in these facilities. Recent studies show that C-sections lead to a higher risk of post-partum depression and lower breastfeeding rate in women and diseases like obesity and diabetes in children. Despite its adverse effects on maternal and child health, hospitals and doctors are indiscriminately conducting C-sections to make more money. To discourage this trend, women need to be made aware of the C-section rates of different hospitals and maternity homes, so that they can choose their hospitals carefully. That’s why I, with support of the NGO Birth India, started this petition asking the Women and Child Development ministry to issue an advisory to the Medical Council of India to Make it mandatory for all doctors and hospitals to declare the percentage of Caesarean delivery rates to patients. Conduct enquiry against those with abnormally high C-section rate. Frame clear guidelines for conducting Caesarean to safeguard the health and rights of women and children World Health Organisation (WHO) norms prescribe that C-section deliveries should be ideally 10-15 per cent of the total number of deliveries in the country. However, in urban Telengana, 74.8% of the private sector deliveries are by C-section and it is as high as 41% in Kerala and it is 58% in Tamil Nadu, according to a report by the ICMR School of Public Health. It is important that even women are made aware of the impact of Caesarean sections, which truly is an emergency recourse and not a routine medical procedure. The fact is that only 10% of births should be via C-section, however, in Indian private hospitals that rate is close to 50%. This is a serious health risk and the government has to take action NOW! Sign my petition and ask the Women and Child Development ministry to end this harmful practice by hospitals. Image Courtesy:

Subarna Ghosh
336,891 supporters
Petitioning Devendra Fadnavis, Devendra Fadnavis

Direct State Police to Arrest Men Who Sexually Exploit Children #AntiChildPredatorSquad

  Children are being preyed upon by men who sometimes pay as little as Rs.100 to have sex with a minor. Rati (name changed), was only 14-years-old when she was given hormone injections so that she looks older. She was sometimes forced to have sex with 30 men in a day. These men came from different walks of life, from rickshaw pullers to office managers. When the police raided the brothels, they arrested her and the brothel managers. But these horrible men, the customers, were left off with just a warning.   Next day they were back in the brothels seeking young girls again.   The Maharashtra government has made Anti-Human Trafficking Units (AHTUs) which are proactively looking at rescue and rehabilitation of girls like Rati. But hardly any men who are paying for sex with children have been arrested. In some cases, they are even made witnesses against the brothel owners. These men are happily living their lives without any fear of prosecution and they continue to exploit children as young as 10-years-old. That’s why I have started this petition asking the Maharashtra CM to direct the state police, specially the AHTUs to make it their mandate to arrest these child predators. Most of these men are living in residential colonies, amongst us, with their families and go completely unnoticed. And these are the men, the customers, who sustain the organised crime of pushing children into prostitution. From red light areas to online portals and even private guest houses and apartments, the places where this exploitation takes place keep changing but what has remains constant is the demand. As long as there is demands from the customers, this horrific illegal trade will continue. I want these men to be arrested so that the society knows their true face and we can safeguard our children against these predators. My state Maharashtra has been leading the efforts against Human Trafficking and I want to applaud all the good work done by our government. The Maharashtra Anti Human Trafficking Unit police shut 78 brothels in 2011 where children were forced into the flesh trade. That number gives an idea about how big this problem is. But just arresting the brothel owners and traffickers is not going to solve this problem. This is an organised crime. We have to curb the demand by arresting these customers under the strictest of laws, like MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act) so that they can’t get bail and it acts as a deterrent for child predators. Join me in this fight and let’s go after these child sex offenders in full force.

Shaina NC
161,792 supporters
Petitioning Devendra Fadnavis

Make it mandatory for all hospitals to declare number of Caesarean deliveries #SafeBirth

Caesarean deliveries have become a business. Private hospitals in India conduct C-section deliveries even when they are not required so that they can make money. I was cut open to deliver my baby even though there was no medical reason. I wanted a natural birth but had to undergo a C-section because doctors misled and manipulated me. I had a long and painful recovery. In fact, recent studies show that C-sections lead to a higher risk of post-partum depression and lower breastfeeding rate in women and diseases like obesity and diabetes in children. Despite its adverse effects on maternal and child health, hospitals and doctors are indiscriminately conducting C-sections to make more money. I wanted to make sure that no other woman is misled like I was. When I looked into the issue, what I found was alarming. WHO guidelines say that C-section deliveries should only be 10-15% of total deliveries. I was shocked to learn that in my own state of Maharashtra, 33.1% of all deliveries are C-section births. To discourage this trend, women need to be made aware of the C-section rates of different hospitals and maternity homes, so that they can choose their hospitals carefully. That’s why I, with support of the NGO Birth India, are asking the Maharashtra CM to issue an advisory to all Maharashtra Hospitals: Make it mandatory for all doctors and hospitals to declare the percentage of Caesarean delivery rates to patients. Conduct enquiry against those with abnormally high C-section rate. Frame clear guidelines for conducting Caesarean to safeguard the health and rights of women and children Smt Maneka Gandhi, the Union Minister for Women and Child Development has already strongly supported this campaign at the National level. She called C-section deliveries a commercial racket and has called for their regulation. The Union Health Ministry is also drafting rules that will direct all private hospitals under the Central Government Health Scheme to disclose their C-section rates. However most hospitals are regulated by their respective state government, and that is why I am appealing to the Maharashtra CM to take action in his state. He will also set a strong example that can be followed by other states. It is important that women are made aware of the impact of Caesarean sections, which truly is an emergency recourse and not a routine medical procedure. This is a serious health risk and the Maharashtra government has to take action NOW!

Subarna Ghosh
336,891 supporters
Petitioning Devendra Fadnavis, Narendra Modi, national green tribunal, Supreme Court of India, Justice Dipak Misra

Mumbai’s climate and ecology is in danger. NO, It is not due to Diwali.

YES! Mumbai’s climate and ecology is in danger. NO, It is not due to Diwali. Mumbai, the city of dreams while blessed with wealth is very poor in one aspect, Open spaces. The only relief this densely packed city has are, Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) and Aarey. These lush green oases in a sea of grey, not only tackle pollution and floods but also help bring down temperatures. But unfortunately Mumbai stands to lose Aarey due to various upcoming projects. The first of these, which will open up this green lung to commercialization, is a car shed for the upcoming Mumbai Metro 3. A car shed is nothing but a parking lot and service area for metro trains. Dear reader, in this day and age when the world is struggling with the devastating consequences of climate change, destroying a critical green lung for a parking lot is irresponsible. 3500 trees are set to be cut and we want the government to rethink the location of the carshed. There are many viable options, mentioned in their own studies, which have no environmental destruction involved. Experts from NEERI and IIT have suggested Kanjurmarg, Backbay and Kalina as an option. They have clearly warned of the consequences Mumbai will face in terms of flooding and loss of open space & wildlife, if the depot is built in Aarey. Government records show that Aarey is an integral part of SGNP and thus protected under forest laws. It has over 5 Lakh trees,it is home to 7 resident leopards and has a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna. Even today, original adivasis live in 27 tribal hamlets in Aarey. It offers a unique experience for urban dwellers to experience nature at it's best. “In the name of development, only tribals suffer” said one of the leaders. The Save Aarey campaign has been requesting the government to relocate the carshed to an alternative location. Relocation will not affect the metro 3 alignment in any way. Common citizens from all walks of life, professionals, students, school children, celebrities have all supported this issue. Inspite of all this the state government is insistent on building the depot in Aarey. By signing this petition, you are asking the government to practice sustainable development. By shifting the depot out of Aarey, Mumbai will not only get a metro but also retain its green, open space. It will also help in putting an end to further loss of land in Aarey to various other big and small projects. Help #SaveAareyForest. Share this petition and the song with your friends and family.#ChipkoRe

Nirali Kartik
130,573 supporters
Petitioning Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda

End Female Genital Mutilation in India

At the age of seven, I was subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Mumbai, in a most unhygienic and clandestine manner. The shock and trauma of that day are still with me. Like me, there are thousands of my Dawoodi Bohra sisters who have been subjected to genital cutting as children and even today thousands of Bohra girls are being subjected to this practice, since it has been ordained by the clergy of our community. A few months ago, women like me got together under the forum - ‘Speak out on FGM’ - to begin a conversation on this extremely secretive ritual which has caused physical and psychological damage to each of us in some way or the other. We the undersigned women, who have been subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) also known as ‘Khatna’ belong to the Dawoodi Bohra community which has its major adherents in India. The practice of FGM is done surreptiously and in a clandestine manner to all the girl children in our community, without any consent whatsoever. The alleged reason for this tradition is to curb the sexual drive of women and control them. The Dawoodi Bohras are amongst the most educated in India, yet we are also the only Muslim community in India to practice FGM. The practice has nothing to do with religion and is more of a cultural practice. Most of us are too scared to speak out publicly. We fear ostracization, social boycott and exclusion of our families from the rest of the community by our religious clergy if we object to the continuation of this practice.    FGM has no health benefits, in fact it harms girls and women in many ways. It involves removing and damaging healthy and normal female genital tissue, and interferes with the natural functions of girls' and women's bodies. FGM is often done without anaesthesia, without medical supervision and sometimes the procedure goes horribly wrong. It often leads to pain, shock, tetanus, genital sores, excessive bleeding, etc. It also has long-lasting psychological impact on the victims, ranging from sexual disorders, fear of sexual intimacy, nightmares and post traumatic stress disorder. In December 2012, the UN General Assembly adopted a unanimous resolution on the elimination of FGM. Across the world FGM is being outlawed in many countries. Nigeria and Gambia recently made FGM illegal after women came together, campaigned and raised their voice. FGM is banned in over 20 countries in Africa itself. The World Health Organisation (WHO) classifies FGM as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. According to WHO, FGM reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. It is nearly always carried out on minors and is a violation of the rights of children. In Australia, three Dawoodi Bohras were held guilty of FGM recently by the Supreme Court of New Wales, Australia. The case was closely watched by the Dawoodi Bohra community in India. We urge the Government to pass a law banning this practice in India, such that anyone found involved in aiding, abetting and perpetrating this practice should be punished. Pressure of this law and fear of punishment will be the best way to put a stop to this cruel practice. I along with my Dawoodi Bohra sisters want to raise our voice against FGM in India and put an end to this. You can support us by signing this petition. Sign our petition and ask the government of India to act against Female Genital Mutilation! Masooma Ranalvi, Aarefa Johari, Insia Dariwala, Shabnum Poonawala, Nafisa Pardawala, Farida Ali, Tasneema Ranalvi, Hanan Adarkar, Shaheeda Kirtane, Tanvee Vasudevan, Ummul Ranalvi, Zainub Poonawala, Sana Vaidya, Zehra Patwa, Farzana Doctor, Fiza Jha, Zarine Hashim On Behalf of SPEAK OUT ON FGM

Speak out on FGM
111,718 supporters
Petitioning Procam International, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Tata Consultancy Services, Devendra Fadnavis

Green the Mumbai Marathon

Mumbai Marathon is a special race. The great weather, the flat course, the sea breeze and most of all the wonderful crowd support from cheerful Mumbaikers from all walks of life during the race is rare to find in any other Indian city. The city which never stops, halts completely for a few hours so that runners can have the roads to themselves. I have run this race many times and every time I come back with some great memories from the run. Race organization by Procam is professional and they scale up to the bigger participation every year, but if there is one thing that I have not seen any improvement in, and it can surely improve by leaps and bounds, it is that of waste management and waste reduction during the race and at the holding area. Be it the single use plastic 250 ml bottles, tetrapaks distributed at aid stations, cold food packaged with thin plastic at finish line, that hardly anyone can stomach post run, there is a huge scope for improvement in how the event can grow up to be a green event in the true sense. While the messaging on littering is a great first step to ask runners to take responsibilty for #SwachhBharat, a lot more onus is on the event organizers themselves to raise the bar. Following are the top 5 areas that TMM event organizers must aspire to address: 1. Cut down number of single use disposable water bottles used during the run: Plastic water bottles can only be downcycled and never recyled into another bottle, which means that every plastic bottle you use is made from non-renewable resource - petroleum. In addition to water bottles, organizers can have dedicated refill stations with water dispensers and reusable cups so that runners who prefer carrying their own bottles can fill water. This also reduces wastage of precious drinking water as most runners throw away the bottle away after a sip. Organizers must refrain from using paper cups as they have a plastic coating thus greatly reducing its recyclability. 2. Zero waste holding area for pre/post race. Why do we need 250ml bottles at the finish line? After finish, the runner needs to drink much more water than a few sips. The holding/finish area must contain only water dispensers with reusable cups. 3. Remove Premixed electrolyte tetrapaks with straws and plastic - Replace them with the powder equivalent and have the volunteers mix it in jugs and pour into cups. Straws and plastic covers have virtually NIL recyclable value. Tetrapaks also are non-recyclable and can be upcycled only through the parent company's CSR initiative. 4. Stop serving packaged cold food post run - We runners deserve better. Period. Please serve hot food on steel or biodegradable arecanut/leaf plates. This also reduces wastage of food and unnecessary wrapping which is again non-recyclable. 5. Compulsory waste audit - Please do a detailed waste audit post event and make the data public. Procam does not have to look further than its sister event TCS 10k that is organized in Bengaluru in May every year. Apart from the single use water bottles, there are also refill stations and reusable cups especially catering to the Dream run equivalent - Majja run, that usually has large number of runners who are not focused on a fast finish. The post race meal last year was freshly made, hot and served on bio-degradable arecanut plates. Another large city marathon to look up to is Bengaluru Marathon organized by NEB sports that has embraced green initiatives right from its first edition, from zero waste race hydration to post run hot food on steel cutlery. Even the event booklet given in the goodie bag carried a page on awareness on reducing the waste footprint. Three days past the event, waste from Azad maidan is still being sorted. Putting more hands sorting through garbage is neither profitable nor dignified to the waste workers. Generating less waste is any day better than generating garbage. If this event truly wants to embrace Swachh Bharat, Procam must look at more concrete steps than just 'not littering' and shifting the onus onto the runners. The Mumbai Municipal corporation must evaluate and monitor the amount of waste generated by this mega event and insist on detailed waste audit. As the title sponsor, TCS must insist on a greener roadmap for the event. Please sign the petition for leaving Mumbai a clean and green place. Measure your Personal Best performances not only with the hard work that you put in, but also by the waste you leave behind. Love Mumbai. Hate Waste. #SwachhBharat #SwachhMumbai #RunGreen Pictures of trash from 2018 and earlier editions: Pic Courtesy: 2018 Venue pictures/video - Thanks to the anonymous Mumbaiker for contributing the pictures. SCMM 2013, SCMM 2014 Editions - Midday TMM 2018 -

Shilpi Sahu
87,060 supporters
Petitioning Devendra Fadnavis


Petition to: Hon. Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shree Devendra Fadnavis.   Empress Garden, Pune dates back to 1838, when it was spread over 55 acres, home to some of the oldest and rare species of trees. Over the years, various Governments handed over bits and pieces of it to other organisations and now only 38 acres of the precious Garden are left. Various petitions in the past were heard approved by the Govt. and land aquisitions stopped, one of them being 28 acres of Empress Garden to be handed over to the Turf Club. Hopefully, we can make our voice heard once again to stop 10 acres of theEmpress Garden being alloted for construction purpose. Pune will slowly become a concrete jungle and as polluted as Delhi if we strangle its green oxygen belt. Also, in order to stop any further aquisistions for Empress Garden, it should be made a World Heritage Site. Request the Public viewers to please sign this petition to save Empress Garden, Pune, and request the Hon. Chief Minister to reconsider handing over of 10 acres for construction.

Hoshang Commissariat
53,714 supporters
Petitioning CM Devendra Fadnavis

Avoid water wastage - Shift IPL 2016 matches out of drought-hit Maharashtra

We are taught to treat the entire world as a family, how can we remain insensitive to the continuing farmers tragedy in our own state? Can you turn a blind eye to the sufferings of our farmers, who are the “annadatta”? This is the time to show sympathy to our “annadatta”. A standard cricket/football oval requires a minimum of 80,000 - 100,000 litres of water per application. Approximately 2 - 3 applications are required per week (160,000 – 300,000 litres per week) to maintain turf growth and repair damaged areas. More water is needed in hot windy conditions and less in cooler conditions. IPL season starts in Mumbai from April 09, 2016 with the finals in Mumbai on May 29, 2016. A total of 19 matches will be played in the Maharashtra i.e. Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur. Thus in the 19 Matches to be played in Maharashtra about around more than 70 lakh litres of water will be used to maintain the cricket grounds.  When our state is affected by drought will it be wise to waste 70 lakh litres of water? It is true that the state will earn some revenue out of these matches but it cannot be at the cost of sufferings of our farmers. Our Chief Minister of Mahrashtra, Mr. Devendra Fadnavis “ has launched the project "Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyaan" in a bid to make Maharashtra a drought-free state by 2019. The similar letter has been written by Shri Vivekanand Gupta, Secretary BJP, Mumbai to The President, BCCI. Even Mumbai faces acute water shortage, hence an appeal was made for a “waterless holi” and Mumbaikars positively responded. I hope you will support and sympathize with our farmers and sign this petition to shift the venue of IPL to other states.

Rushabh Mamania
52,752 supporters
Petitioning Devendra Fadnavis

Stop the government from wasting Rs 3600 crores on building the Shivaji statue in Mumbai

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for the Rs 3,600 crore Shivaji memorial project in the Arabian Sea on December 24, 2016. This is tax-payers' money and I am sure we would all like this money to be spend on something better - education, infrastructure, food...anything but a statue that is of no use to anyone. This is not what Shivaji would have wanted and I am sure we can find other ways to honour him.  Apart from a waste of money, this statue is going to be terrible for the environment; for the traffic situation in South Bombay and a security nightmare.   

karishma upadhyay
52,723 supporters
Petitioning Devendra Fadnavis, Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari (Road Transport and Highways Minister)

Mandatory Check at Liquor Serving Joints itself to discourage DRINK & DRIVE

     When we go with family or friends at a bar and restaurant or go to a pub to get a drink and catch up with friends - because these places are made available to us legally - we dont go with the intention of getting drunk and to become a social menace. But problem arises when we think that we are not too drunk to drive. People usually leave by their own vehicles back home sometimes in groups or sometimes alone trying to evade cops by sneaking away through service roads or avoiding check points underestimating their ability to cause grievous injuries to someone or to even ones own self. Once on the road behind a wheel no one knows what will happen next. Its only destiny thereafter that takes over.      The management of the pub or the Bar or the restaurant is well aware of your situation since they are the people serving drinks to you. If we can make it their prerogative to allow only those who are under the permissible limit to get behind the wheels and also ask them to encourage the drunk to board a taxi instead we can curb drink and drive cases to a large extent. And also by doing this we can avoid some corrupt cops who are more interested in filling their pockets rather than road safety. Once in the hands of the police one is completely unaware of their rights and is subject to unimaginable humiliation and wrong intimidation and also physical assault at times.      The main purpose of the DONT DRINK & DRIVE is SAFETY. I believe along with the person who drinks it is also the responsibility of the people who serve it to assure road safety. With this step we can drastically bring down drink and drive cases as well as corruption related to the same at the initial level itself thus avoiding lots of bad blood. I urge you to support me in this solution or even suggest a solution to 'STOP DRINK AND DRIVE' at the initial level itself!  

Shilpa Sabu
37,912 supporters
Make it mandatory for all hospitals to declare number of Caesarean deliveries #SafeBirth

Dear family, Today, I have launched my verified Decision Maker profile on Now on, I will be officially engaging and responding to petitions from you. I am told that my verified Decision Maker profile on will put me in a league of very big people. It is not just about entering a league, it is about making the right decision. It is a big responsibility to respond to the needs of the people. From the Government's side we have always been proactive and responsive because we believe as a Government we need to not just be responsible but also responsive. For any petition that comes on that is related to the Government of Maharashtra we will always be on the side of the people. We will be proactive and take decisions as early as possible. The first petition I received from Subarna Ghosh is on increasing transparency on Caesarean deliveries in Maharashtra. We will set up a joint committee to create Standard Operating Procedures. The committee will consider what is required to be done - whether it is an SOP or change in law at the earliest. I would like you to remain updated about the work done by the Government of Maharashtra. -Please follow us on twitter -Please also follow us on our Facebook at Thank you, Devendra Fadnavis Chief Minister of Maharashtra

5 months ago