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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: abdn.ac.uk

Subarna Ghosh
308,774 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
308,774 supporters
Petitioning Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda, Arvind Kejriwal, Vasundhara Raje, Devendra Fadnavis, Vijay Rupani, Maneka Gandhi

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
94,675 supporters
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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
52,756 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
50,759 supporters
Petitioning Devendra Fadnavis, Piyush Goyal, Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi, @westernrly , uddhav thackrey

Divert Shivaji Memorial money (Rs 3,600 crore) for bettering Mumbai local train service

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/elphinstone-railway-station-stampede-live-updates-mumbai-dead-injured-4866641/ 22 People lost there lives in a stampede at Elphinstone Railway station on 29th September' 2017. It happened because it had very narrow foot over bridges and people crowded during morning rush hour due to rains. This was a disaster waiting to happen. I say this because more than 100 tweets have been made to the authorities about the stampede like situation, and some where even warning of stampede itself. The railways kept to its own sweet pace and today we have lost 22 lives for no mistake of their own. The system killed them and the blood of those 22 victims are on the hands of the ruling party.  There is no running away from this, the old school charade of inquiry is not going to yield anything new what the people have been telling the government for the past few years. The inquiry is just a hogwash till this incident is out of peoples memories. The CM of the state should step up and take responsibility of those lives which have been lost.  Government always points to the paucity of funds when we talk about fixing the railways in Mumbai. Then we see 3600 crs being allocated to make a memorial in the Arabian Sea, which is as good as flushing that much money down the drain. So divert all that funds to fixing trains so that we will not lose lives while travelling. Use that amount to modernise the existing train system and make some real change.  I am so sure that if Shivaji Maharaj was alive today even he wouldn't have wanted a memorial when people were losing lives. I am not against the memorial of the great king its just that the same could be financed through some other ways like a BOT model or may be a Bond. Better option would be to restore the forts which was actually used by him during his fights. But we have to ape the west and build something similar to the Statue of Liberty. 

Vipin Vijayan
30,462 supporters
Petitioning Devendra Fadnavis, dr mahesh sharma, Minsitry of Culture, Narendra Modi, Ministry of Culture

Only ECO FRIENDLY GANESHAS to be allowed every where as a Policy .

Every year as part of Ganesh Festivals all the murthis after being worshipped for so many days are just immersed in water . Next day you find their hands their face body all around on the beach this is Disrespect towards the Worshipping itself. The plaster of paris made ganesha idols/statues doesnt dissolves easily and is harming the environment. Ideally the Ganesh Idol should be ECO FRIENDLY so that it can get easily dissolved in water hence you wont find  them on beaches after visarjan in such a Disrespectful State and it will also be Good for our Environment Hence I am requesting Government to make it Mandatory that Our Lord Ganeshas idols /Murthi should be ECO FRIENDLY . This way we are not disturbing the festival and we are also maintaining respect of the Idols and keeping the environment safe. 1 year is good enough time to inform all Pandals/Mandals and using digital mediums for individuals and households. I am sure starting from Maharashtra other states will pick up . I will personally be involved in spreading this message through media and other platforms , writing letters and meeting the concerned people in person. I need your support for this cause because I respect the festival and environment and I am sure you do too. please sign this petition and help  for this cause together.   Thanking you  Kiren Shrivastav  

Kiren Shrivastav
25,500 supporters
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Petitioning Maneka Gandhi

Stop Harassing Sindhutai Sapkal; Don't Close Down Her Orphanages

Sindhutai Sapkal is called Mai by the 1000s of children who she has helped raise through her numerous orphanages across Maharashtra. Today she is being asked to shut down her orphanages by the state government. Sign my petition to prevent over a 1000 children from being forcibly returned to government orphanages. These government orphanages are severely underfunded and overpopulated. There is no room for these children and their lives will be destroyed by this hasty decision.  Sindhutai Sapkal has dedicated her whole life to bringing up orphaned children with singular dedication and devotion. The quality upbringing she provides these children - including food, stay and education - has led to many of these children growing up to become lawyers and doctors. Many of  you may have seen the Marathi biopic on her life : Mee Sindhutai Sapkal.  She has been honoured with numerous awards including the prestigious Holkar award by the Government of Maharashtra. Now the same Government is targeting her, sabotaging her incredible work. Sindhutai has been trying to get her orphanages registered since 2011. The Government made her run around and refused to cooperate. Now they want to shut her down for not being registered. This amazing woman even got her own daughter admitted in an orphanage so that she could be fair to all the children. Now, all her sacrifices and her hard work will go to waste because of cruel and indifferent Government bureaucracy that doesn’t seem to care about the children at all. Sign my petition asking CM Devendra Fadnavis and Central Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi to help Sindhutai continue her great work. Support this campaign to defend someone who has devoted her entire life to doing good for others. Do it so that people like us are not scared to do good for society.

Sucheta Dalal
20,910 supporters
Petitioning Peta India, animal, Maneka Gandhi, Devendra Fadnavis, Minister, maharashtra police, Pune Police

Justice for stray dogs brutally poisoned and burnt in Baner, Pune

Update: To make sure culprits are punished by law, justice is done and make awareness about our strays, we have organized a silent protest in Baner, Pune. The affected area. If you can join, we will really appreciate it as we need as many number of people as possible to make sure that our voices are not ignored. Event URL is below: https://www.facebook.com/events/1894980080530450/ In a case of horrendous cruelty, four stray dogs in a Baner locality near Pancard road were allegedly tied with a rope, dragged and burned alive recently, while 16 others were poisoned. The incident has sent shock waves among animal lovers in Pune. During their investigations, members of NGO AaCT India (Action for Animals against Cruelty and Trauma) found scattered remains of the charred body parts of the dogs as well as decomposed bodies, pointing at mass poisoning. The investigations revealed that the number of stray dogs that were killed in the area could be much more, after skeletons were found in the bushes nearby. For more details: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/in-pune-4-dogs-burned-alive-16-poisoned/articleshow/60933868.cms?from=mdr   Why was there a need to torture, burn and poison those voiceless, driven by instinct dogs? How much nuisance they could have created? I'm sure not enough to justify this barbaric act. Why can't we simply co-exist. This emotion is beautifully captured here: http://amritaraifeelalive.blogspot.in/2017/10/justified-killing.html

Abhiteshwar Mishra
18,874 supporters
Petitioning Prime Minister of India, Railway Minister of India, Devendra Fadnavis

We don’t want Bullet trains, we need better Railways. #SayNoToBulletTrains

Statistically speaking, 9 people die everyday on the tracks of Mumbai. Under this scenario the funding used for the not needed Mumbai- Ahmedabad Bullet train should be invested in improving the conditions of Mumbai Local Trains. And it’s not development if it’s not beneficial to the majority population.This could be done by adding railway tracks, extending the footover bridges, adding coaches to the train.If a normal individual can pool in such mediocre ideas, the railway department can definitely find better ways to improvisation. It’s not that changes haven’t been made, but evidently they aren’t sufficient to the present population. Hence, please sign the petition so that the government takes necessary changes.

Shreya Chavan
15,274 supporters
Make it mandatory for all hospitals to declare number of Caesarean deliveries #SafeBirth

Dear Change.org family, Today, I have launched my verified Decision Maker profile on Change.org. Now on, I will be officially engaging and responding to petitions from you. I am told that my verified Decision Maker profile on change.org 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 Change.org 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 twitter.com/Dev_Fadnavis -Please also follow us on our Facebook at facebook.com/devendra.fadnavis/ Thank you, Devendra Fadnavis Chief Minister of Maharashtra

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