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Petition to Arun Jaitley for removal of tax on sanitary napkins

India is about to cross an important milestone in implementing the GST and this has brought to the forefront a long pending demand of various activists and organisations to reduce or abolish the tax on SANITARY NAPKINS. Data in the public domain show: Only about 12% of the 355 million women use sanitary napkins. This 12% is liable to a VAT that can go up to 14% varying from state to state. In the rural area only 2% of 75% target population use it. Media reports a 12% tax is expected to be applicable even with the proposed GST  (Goods and Services Tax). In India, an estimated 70 % of women cannot afford sanitary napkins. Making it affordable It is bound to have an impact on attendance of girls in schools, adding impetus to greater women participation in our work force which is just a meager 21.9%.  Affordability, ease of availability and accessibility needs to be at the forefront of this battle. Environmental factor As the plastic used in sanitary napkins is non-biodegradable it leads to degradation of the environment.A minimal tax can be imposed on disposable sanitary napkins to dissuade its use on large scale in order to safe-guard the environment. Solution A 100% tax exemption for the production and distribution of environment and health friendly pads(reusable cloth sanitary napkins and environment friendly napkins)  will:  add impetus to the reach of the product  also help the organisations involved in the production of these pads that also gives livelihood opportunities to rural women. Why is the tax unfair? Women are being taxed 12 months a year, for about 39 years on a process they have no control over. What the government needs to do With the GST that is going to be implemented, a step needs be taken by the central government to make sanitary napkins tax free (like condoms and contraceptives) as it is an essential item which is a necessity for every woman. This step will only bolster the idea of 'Beti Bachao Beti Padao' and 'Swachh Bharat'. How you may help On the occasion of the International Women’s Day let us take a pledge for our future and the future of millions of Indian women. I request one and all to sign the petition to make way for Tax Free Wings.    

Sushmita Dev Member Of Parliament
404,232 supporters
Petitioning Piyush Goyal

Implement disabled friendly measures in Indian railways

I've been groped and manhandled three separate times by porters. They were helping me board the train because Indian trains are not wheelchair accessible. I am a disabled woman living in Mumbai who loves to travel. I have had to wear a diaper because I couldn’t use the train bathroom. And when I needed to change that diaper, I had no privacy and had to wait for hours for the lights to go off at night The railways treat the disabled as a piece of luggage. This needs to stop! Sign my petition and join me in asking the railway minister and the Prime Minister to implement disabled friendly measures in Indian railways. According to The Disability Rights bill, there need to be facilities available for those with disabilities. The Railway Ministry has been talking of making trains disabled friendly but in reality, we are still humiliated every single time because of poor implementation. My fight is to ensure human dignity for the disabled. I am asking the authorities for some basic things everyone takes for granted- Accessible bathrooms with proper space inside the bathroom, clean and higher toilets, low sinks so we can easily wash our hands.  Accessible coaches for the disabled in all trains, ideally one for each class. Enough space between berths so it is easy to fit a standard size wheelchair between the berths and we can shift onto our seats when needed.  Curtains around the berths for when we need to change. Often, I've needed to change my clothes and the berths are too small for me to role around to change my clothes, as well as have no privacy. Proper infrastructure to cross railroads if needed to change platforms. Beside these infrastructure related demands, I also want an attitudinal shift in the way the disabled are treated: Sensitise people to let those with disabilities board first as the general public normally does not care about our well being. Everyone is in a rush to get to their seats. Sensitise abled-bodied persons to not board the handicapped compartment, especially in local trains. We often see that in the local train, those who are not disabled will climb in. That isn't fair. Train the drivers and TCs to halt the train till a handicapped passenger has finished boarding, especially for local trains. The local train only stops for two minutes and with all the crowd, it is very difficult to board. I want to sit down with PM Narendra Modi or the Railway Minister Mr. Suresh Prabhu and talk to them about the difficulties faced by those whom are disabled. Sign my petition and ask PM Modi and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu to implement measures to make the Indian railways disabled friendly.

Virali Modi
308,115 supporters
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
372,394 supporters
Petitioning Maneka Gandhi

Teach Kids & Teachers How To Fight Sexual Abuse: Make it part of the syllabus

Trigger Warning: Content About Sexual Abuse I was 4-years-old when I was sexually abused. It was a trusted family member. I was too confused to know what was happening. When I was 8, the caretaker of my apartment molested me by pretending to play a game. My aunt laughed at me when I tried to talk to her. What happened to me continues to happen to thousands of children across the country. In these horrible times, no child is safe. That’s why I want schools in India to have compulsory Personal Safety Education. I was abused till I was 19 years old. But not one person noticed what I was going through. My education suffered and they blamed me. They didn’t see the depression. They didn’t even see the physical signs. Throughout my childhood I kept looking for a safe space. But it isn’t easy to talk about abuse in India. Children must learn how to be safe, to identify and avoid predators. Teachers and staff must learn how to identify signs of abuse and provide counselling and parents must learn how to protect their children. And should a child ever face abuse or even the possibility of abuse, they will have a teacher they can trust and safely turn to. A teacher who won’t laugh it off, who won’t ignore the warning signs, who will be there for the child. I’m asking the two largest school boards in India - CBSE and ISCE to make Personal Safety Education a compulsory part of the syllabus. This will impact lakhs of children in India. Sign my petition now so that I can show the Government, the CBSE and ISCE that lakhs of Indians want their children to be safe. Help me make this country a little bit safer for children.

Pranaadhika Sinha Devburman
150,741 supporters
Petitioning Prime Minister of India, Government of India, Supreme Court of India, Ravi Shankar Prashad, President of India, Maneka Gandhi, United Nation of India, Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Smriti Irani, United ...

*STOP RAPE * Lets change the statement "4th unsafe country for women". Start Death Penalty

We are a part of community called Youth Against Rape. Where we are fighting for those people who are scared to raise there voice against rape, molestation and acid attack. We have prepared a data which projects that many cases are still not being reported and most of the cases are genuine but the victims and witnesses are being threatened or attacked at different occasions. To take a step forward we need to change the mentality of the society and amend few laws against rape, molestation and acid attack criminals and the victims who have faced it.   We are students, mothers, brothers, sisters and father's and we want to change the future of India. To make India the safest country in future we need to educate the future generations to be bold and to report any incident they see around them without any fear.  Walking on streets would become safer in time.  Although we organize seminars with school in every state we still get cases, where people say it the fault of the victim, we fail to understand this blame game. :- Why can't we change the way we think?  Let the girls wear what they want to? Why can't teacher teach necessary etiquettes to children in school like other subjects? Humanity can't be taught but laws can be amended. We, at youth against rape have the following demands and aspirations for the betterment of Indian society as a whole:- 1. Execution Of Death Penalty We want implementation of death penalty for Rapist, those who have been sentenced after being proved guity. This measure is important to instil fear among people and to show them that their actions have equal consequences. Few List With Name,Time, Current Status a)Dilip Bankar,13 year, in Sc (b) jitender Bagwan , Divender Dhurndhure , Babu Ketan - 6 Years, in Sc (c) Firoj Saha- 5 years, in Sc , In 2012 Nirbhya case. Total 64 Death Penalty are Pending . We want the law to start implementation from these cases. 2. Punishment For Females Filing fake Cases against men  We also want minimum 14 years of imprisonment for females who file fake cases against men to exploit them. The responsibility of ensuring a respectable society is from both genders and no human has the right to destroy another human being's life. Both genders should be equally accountable for their wrong doings. 3. Start Sex Education By Expert's  We want compulsory sex education by experts in all schools. Although many acts have been passed by various boards, but due to the failed implementation children continue to be unaware of what they are doing. The increasing cases of juveniles raping are a proof that the education system is going wrong somewhere. We want to sensitize children from the beginning and make them realize their moral responsibility towards society. 4. Forensic Labs  We want proper forensic labs in every city with trained and expert doctors for treating the victims. Many cases of tampering of medical reports are common. In the eyes of Justice department, this is the most important evidence, hence should be handled by trained people who understand the importance of this confidential issue and ask themselves if they are doing the right thing. We easily find difference between sex and rape . 5. Shift Case's On Fast Track Court For All Rape Victims - On 12 July Finance minister approved budget of 700 Crore Fund Through Nirbhaya Fund For 1023 Fast Track Court. We want the hearings of all the cases of rape to be in the fast track courts and the verdicts to be announced within 1 month. 6. Victim & Witness Protection program We also want government to pass rules to provide witness protection program to every witness and victim who are involved in the case as there is danger to their life till justice is served, government should take the responsibility of transfer of victim , if needed after investigation for their safety. 7. President mercy rule on Rape Case's We want Indian government to re think about president mercy rule for rapist . A rapist never shows mercy to the rape victim and her family. So why should the system show mercy to him? 8. Permission To Ngo's and Trusts to do Awareness Programs in institutions  As Mostly schools reject the proposal for awareness programs after listening to the word rape , sex etc. These are some taboo words that we often hear. We want an official notice from education ministry  to make sex education a mandatory subject in every school and college. We have analyised that Mentality Is Not The Reason Behind Rape but it is a major part of this issue. - We Are Working on Each Factor, Rape Cases are increasing rapidly and mostly within normal family.  Case 1: The recent rape and murder of an nine month old girl in Warangal (Telangana) . Just think about it and create an image in your mind why this happened? What was the fault of the victim? She was Just 9 months old !!! Case 2: The family of another rape victim was murdered  by the MLA before the police took any action. The people are angry now but also in despair. So much has happened till now and no doubt our government is taking good steps but a strict action not taken till now . What are we all waiting for? Do the all People's wants to see India's name on 1st number in the unsafe nation list?  First, the Criminal’s rapes the victim and then the system repeatedly rapes the Survivors. Now cases of suicide by Men’s are increasing Day by Day. A lie from girls destroy men’s life and his entire family suffers the consequences.  Why can’t the law open the blinded eyes and see the hidden truth? Now we can't ignore these issues any more , if amendment of the death penalty law is not enforced till 16 October'2019 , we have planned something on #17oct2019 . To know about this check hashtag on Instagram , Facebook , Twitter every social platforms. You can support us for this mission on this link :- Facebook Details  Instagram Details Please  Fight With us Together And Support Youth Against Rape to Stop Rape In India  Thank You For Your Support, Specially Change.org Concerned Indian Youth Group, Youth Against Rape  ( This 1 Crore + sign is impossible without your help please share the link with everyone through WhatsApp , Instagram or others social platforms )  

Youth Against Rape
147,377 supporters
Petitioning Maneka Gandhi

Order an in-depth study on male child sexual abuse in India #EndTheIsolation

 I was 10 when I was sexually abused. Men who I had dearly trusted had violated me. The violation became a part of my life. It continued. Later on, as I grew up confused about love, men, and the pain inside me, I realised, what happened to me, was called ‘Child Sexual Abuse.’ The knowing should have freed me. Instead, it sent me deeper into isolation. I carried my world in my head, and for some time it did work in protecting me, but in the process also alienated people around me. As a filmmaker, stories became my refuge. They moved, inspired, and had the power to bring together strangers. Over the years, I met many more survivors living a life of penance for a crime they had not committed. One of them was my husband. “I was sexually abused at the age of 5, by a trusted caretaker. The abuse went on for a month. Most times it lasted for a few minutes. The memories though, live in me forever.”  My husband and I have lived through an extremely painful process of coming to terms with our abuse. His, and the other stories I had heard from friends I knew, made me realise that even men can get sexually abused. Millions of men are living an isolated life of pain endured as children. Then why were their stories never told? The government’s 2007 study on child abuse reports that a shocking 53.2% of children say they have experienced one or more form of sexual abuse. Of this number, 52.9% are boys. Boys of all ages, and of all backgrounds, across locations and states, report that they have experienced sexual abuse.  It is quite unfortunate that while on one hand, a girl’s sexual abuse is scorned, and looked at as a serious crime, most men are pressurised by society to pass off their sexual abuse as a rite of passage. Sexual exploitation by older boys is often misinterpreted as Sexual Exploration and hence younger boys feel obligated to hide it. Many a time, I have also come across people who refuse to believe that boys can get raped. Men are ridiculed, their sexual orientation is questioned, and the pressure to live up to the façade of society’s macho image, weighs in so heavy, that ultimately the only way out, is to live a life within. There is hardly any attention given to male child sexual abuse by the government. As a mother of a 17 year old boy, I strongly believe that no male is born aggressive, violent, or insensitive to women. It is an acquired behaviour, learnt from the people around them. That’s why I started this petition asking the Women and Child Development Minister, Maneka Gandhi to do an in-depth study on male child sexual abuse. A study on this topic might help us get insights on how we can prevent the use of violence in this society. It might also help us curb the growth of sexual violence in men at its onset. Research will help shed light on male mindsets, and certain hidden aspects of the long term effects of sexual abuse on men.  The POCSO laws might merely act as a platform to punish sexual predators, but conviction rates are extremely low. What about the numerous cases out there, which are not yet addressed? What about the millions of boys, who have lived with the pain, and perhaps gone on to unleash their pain on other helpless victims? Why is it that till date we have invested so much in the cure but so little in prevention?  Sign my petition and ask the Women & Child development ministry to take the first step to end sexual violence against children & *women.  

insia dariwala
124,068 supporters
Petitioning Maneka Gandhi, Rajnath Singh

India Must Have a National Sex Offender Registry

I feel really angry! A man sexually assaulted hundreds of schoolgirls over 12 years. He was arrested once for 6 months but after he got out of jail, he continued raping young girls. Some of them were just 9-years-old.How can we as a society let this happen? I am a 28-year-old working woman and I feel appalled by the fact that every 20 minutes a woman is raped in India. Join me in asking the Home Minister and WCD minister to start a National sex offender registry to track those convicted of sex offences. After the Nirbhaya case, the country was up in arms about the safety of women. In the past 4 years, little has changed. A 6-year-old schoolgirl was raped by a gym instructor in a Bangalore school. A girl was raped by a Uber driver in Delhi who was a repeat offender and was also involved in a rape case for which he spent 7 months in jail. If there is a list compiled by the National crime bureau with all the records of convicted sex offenders, it will ensure that rapists and sexual assaulters are not employed by schools and are tracked throughout their life. In countries like the US and the UK, the sex offender registry has been hailed a success. This is because the national register has all details on the convict and tracks every update in his life. Sexual offenders have to report to authorities routinely and keep them informed about their plans. In India, there is no such centralised record. Having a sex offender registry will make it a lot easier for the police to track and apprehend serial offenders. Nirbhaya was 23 years old when she was brutally raped and killed in Delhi. We as a nation promised ourselves that we will make our country a safer place for women and children. Sign my petition and ask the government to start a national register to track those convicted of sex offences.

Madonna Rozario Jansen
92,101 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Maneka Gandhi

Penalise Schools that Fail to Safeguard Their Students

In January, a 6-year-old boy was found dead at Ryan International School, Delhi. 5 people, including school employees, were arrested and then released on bail the same day. Attacks against children in schools happen regularly across India. There is outrage and shock immediately after the incident, and then things return to normal. Sign my petition asking CBSE to penalise schools where children have been attacked, raped or killed because of a lapse in security measures. Many schools make parents sign waiver forms that declare that the school cannot be held responsible for the child’s safety and well being. Even if a student is raped or killed within school premises, the school will not be answerable. Sign my petition to make schools take responsibility for our children. We have to stop this. If all parents in our country speak up, we can get a response from CBSE, the board with the maximum number of schools across India. After that, the other boards might also act. Sign and share my petition. Do it for our children. Do it for our country’s future. ------ We are changing our ask from "Derecognising schools" to "Penalising Schools" after a lot of feedback from Parents and Teachers. We don't want parents and students to suffer because their school has lost recognition. We want schools to be worried about heavy penalties and implement standard protection for all their students. This should cover: 1. Stringent Background checks for all teachers and staff.2. Security to ensure authorised and monitored entry/exit of students/strangers/parents.3. CCTV coverage to gather evidence of any wrongdoing.4.Surprise audits of schools for safety measures.Schools to obtain a yearly certificate for safety measures.5.Incase of any security failure the offenders to be punished, institutional head and certifying authority to be heavily penalised, These are only some high-level ideas, but we can discuss more once CBSE responds. We want to the board to ensure that all schools recognised by CBSE comply with these standards or are hit by stiff penalties, especially when children in these schools are hurt or attacked.

Concerned Parent
61,106 supporters
Order an in-depth study on male child sexual abuse in India #EndTheIsolation

Dear people, We are at a crucial juncture where the President has given consent for a historic ordinance for stringent punishment for perpetrators of sexual violence against girls. There shall be no tolerance of any form of sexual violence against children and all criminals will be dealt with severe action. My Ministry has always taken proactive steps to address different issues concerning child safety. In February 2018, we announced that we will consider measures to help adult survivors of child sexual abuse to report their abusers. Another much neglected sphere of child sexual abuse is male survivors. Child sexual abuse is gender neutral. Boys who are sexually abused as children spend a lifetime of silence because of the stigma and shame attached to male survivors speaking out. It is a serious problem and needs to be addressed. After Insia Dariwala's petition on male survivors of CSA was brought to my notice in September 2017, I had instructed the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights to look into the issue of male survivors. Following a few meetings, the Chairperson of NCPCR, Ms Stuti Kacker, organised a conference on International Child Rights Day in November 2017, to form a core team to brainstorm, and come up with solutions on tackling Male Child Sexual Abuse. As per a recommendations that emerged from the conference, it was unanimously decided that there should be an amendment in the existing scheme for victims of CSA, to also include compensation for boys who have been sexually abused or raped. During this conference, it was also brought to our notice that Insia had conducted preliminary research with 160 male survivors of sexual abuse, and her study brought out some disturbing insights, including a possible corelation between unresolved sexual trauma on boys, and increasing violence on women and children. Based on this study, the NCPCR has decided to invite Insia, with due support from Adrian Philips of Justice and Care, to conduct a larger study on male survivors of child sexual abuse, starting with Observation Homes, and Special Needs Homes. The NCPCR is organising a follow up conference on the same issue this week and will continue efforts to arrive at holistic solutions to different facets of child sexual abuse. I would like you to remain updated about the work done by my Ministry. Please follow us on twitter @ministrywcd and @manekagandhibjp page. Please also follow us on our Facebook page facebook.com/manekagandhiofficial & facebook.com/ministrywcd. Thank you, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Union Minister For Women and Child Development

1 year ago
Petition to Arun Jaitley for removal of tax on sanitary napkins

Dear people, I received a Change.org petition from Lok Sabha Member of Parliament Sushmita Dev which all of you had signed. I have written to Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley ji on this issue seeking his intervention. This is an important issue faced by all women and girls. There is still a lot of stigma and embarrassment around menstruation in our society. A large majority of women also face a challenge in availability of safe, hygienic and low cost sanitary napkins. This often leads to hazards of hygiene, higher dropout rates in schools and negative environmental impact. We need to find ways to make affordable sanitary napkins available to all women to ensure their health and well being. I have requested Shri Jaitley ji to consider 100% tax exemption for production of eco-friendly and bio-degradable sanitary napkins. Once lower cost option are made available to women, we could consider slowly moving them towards using bio-degradable pads and we could also encourage the manufacturers to shift towards them. I strongly believe a tax exemption for sanitary pads will also bolster the Honourable Prime Minister’s “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” and “Swachh Bharat” initiatives. This will also encourage more girls to continue their school education and more women to participate in the work force. I would like you to remain updated about the work done by my Ministry. Please follow us on twitter @ministrywcd and @manekagandhibjp page. Please also follow us on our Facebook page facebook.com/manekagandhiofficial & facebook.com/ministrywcd. Thank you, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Union Minister For Women and Child Development

2 years ago
The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill

Dear Petitioners, I had noticed many petitions from you all through Change.org asking for the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill to be passed. I am delighted to inform that the Lok Sabha has passed the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill today. With the assent of Honourable President of India, which should happen in the next few days, all working women will become entitled to maternity leave for a period of 26 weeks. This will enable them to exclusively breast-feed the child for 6 months which is critical for the good health of the child. The mother will also be able to take care of her own health and fully recuperate before she goes to work back. This benefit will be available for two children. In the event of a working woman having more children, she will still be entitled for leave for 12 weeks. Maternity leave of 12 weeks will also be available to adopting and commissioning mothers. This is a historic decision taken by our government. I had requested Honourable Minister for Labour to make these changes in relevant laws and I am grateful to him for taking up my request. While congratulating all working women who are planning to have a child, I assure you that we will continue to work for women in the country. I would like you to remain updated about the work done by the Ministry. Please follow us on @ministrywcd and @manekagandhibjp. Please also follow us on our facebook page facebook.com/manekagandhiofficial & facebook.com/ministrywcd Thank you, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Union Minister for Women and Child Development

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

Dear People, I am in receipt of a petition on Change.org initiated by Subarna Ghosh from Mumbai. She brings to my notice that lakhs of people are concerned about an important issue related to maternal health - the alarming rise of Caesarean deliveries in the country in recent years. The petition raises some serious questions and shows that C-section surgeries in our hospitals are almost becoming a scam. I am writing to the Ministry of Health to urgently look into this matter. This issue has a direct linkage not only with the cost of health care but with the health of women per se. Obviously doctors on the ground are playing with the health of prospective mothers and their new born children. The Health Ministry under Shri Nadda ji has just recently taken up a commendable initiative of reducing the cost of stents. I am requesting them to take up this matter also, on priority. Many approaches are required to tackle this problem. One of them clearly is to mandate hospitals and nursing homes publicly display the number of c-section deliveries vis-a-vis normal deliveries. In collaboration with the Health Ministry, the WCD Ministry plans to undertake a large outreach campaign with the Medical community as well as prospective mothers. I would like you to remain updated about the work done by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. * Please follow us on twitter @ministrywcd and @manekagandhibjp. * Please also follow us on our Facebook page facebook.com/manekagandhiofficial & facebook.com/ministrywcd Thank you, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Union Minister for Women and Child Development

3 years ago
Implement disabled friendly measures in Indian railways

Dear people, I have seen a petition by Ms. Virali Modi, a person with disability based in Mumbai. She says she has been facing a lot of problems during travel by rail and has pointed out various issues of accessibility at railway stations as well as trains for wheel chair bound persons. The Ministry of Railways under the leadership of Sh Suresh Prabhu ji has been conscious of this issue. However, keeping in view the desirability of facilitating comfortable travel for disabled persons, I am writing to Sh Suresh Prabhu ji to request him to take up the required changes in mission mode. I would like you to remain updated about the work done by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. * Please follow us on twitter @ministrywcd and @manekagandhibjp. * Please also follow us on our Facebook page facebook.com/manekagandhiofficial & facebook.com/ministrywcd Thank you, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Union Minister for Women and Child Development

3 years ago
Passport for my daughter with mother´s name

Dear People, I am pleased to inform you that new rules for obtaining passports have been announced by the Ministry of External Affairs which will make it much easier for children of single parents to apply for passports. These rules were notified based on the recommendations of a three-member Committee comprising of the officials of the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Women and Child Development. This committee was set up after I forwarded Priyanka Gupta’s petition on Change.org to the Minister of External Affairs Smt. Sushma Swaraj and asked her to get the necessary modifications done. Based on the committee's recommendations rules have also been simplified for children who are adopted, orphaned or born out of wedlock. I welcome the Ministry of External Affairs decision to simplify the rules and appreciate their cooperation with the Ministry of Women and Child Development. I also appreciate all of you who supported the petition on Change.org and brought it to my notice. I would like you to remain updated about the work done by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. Please follow us on twitter @ministrywcd and @manekagandhibjp. Please also follow us on our Facebook page facebook.com/manekagandhiofficial & facebook.com/ministrywcd Thank you, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Minister for Women and Child Development

3 years ago
Free Education For Children of India's Martyrs

I have received this petition from Change.org on behalf of the children of Uri martyrs wherein they have requested that their children should be provided free education. As of now the petition has been signed by over 70,000 people. Our soldiers have made supreme sacrifices in their call of duty to protect our country. Taking care of the cost of educating their children will be a small part of our gratitude toward them. I have written to the Minister for HRD requesting him to consider the petition favourably. I would like you to remain updated about the work done by the Ministry. Please follow us on twitter @ministrywcd and @manekagandhibjp page. Please also follow us on our Facebook page facebook.com/manekagandhiofficial & facebook.com/ministrywcd. Thank you, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Union Minister For Women and Child Development

3 years ago
Passport for my daughter with mother´s name

Dear People, I have received a petition from Change.org where a mother and daughter have insisted that father's name should not be mentioned in the passport. The petition involved a case where the father had abandoned the mother and the Court had granted custody of the child to the mother. The current guidelines for passports warrant the name of the father as a mandatory requirement. The Delhi High Court in May 2016 stated that it was not essential to mention the father's name if the mother and child so desired. Statistics reveal that number of single parents in the country is increasing both by way of conscious decision or by breakdown of marriages. I have asked the Minister for External Affairs Smt. Sushma Swaraj to get necessary modifications done in the rules for issuance of passports. I would like you to remain updated about the work done by the Ministry. Please follow us on twitter @ministrywcd and @manekagandhibjp. Please also follow us on our Facebook page facebook.com/manekagandhiofficial & facebook.com/ministrywcd Thank you, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Union Minister For Women and Child Development

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

Dear People, I am glad to inform you that the Sindhutai matter has been resolved. I am happy that there are people like Sindhutai in this country. Unfortunately, in some cases, people who do excellent work on the ground are unable to do their paperwork properly. She and many others who run orphanages, day-care centres and other institutions dealing with children, have been asked to register with us. This is because we want to make more and more children adoptable. Currently, there are thousands of children who are outside the system and missing out the opportunity to find a loving home. Sindhutai did not register herself, leading to this situation. Now, because of this Change.org petition and all of you, this issue has been brought to my notice. We are helping the registration process in consultation with Sindhutai and the state Government of Maharashtra. Lastly, I would encourage you to write to Sindhutai and ask her to fill the documents. I would like you to remain updated about the work done by the Ministry. Please follow us on twitter @ministrywcd and @manekagandhibjp page. Please also follow us on our Facebook page facebook.com/manekagandhiofficial & facebook.com/ministrywcd. Thank you, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Union Minister For Women and Child Development

3 years ago
Teach Kids & Teachers How To Fight Sexual Abuse: Make it part of the syllabus

Dear People, Thank you for asking for something that should actually have been done many years ago. When I became a Minister, I made a short film called ‘Komal’, about "good touch bad touch". I would like each and everyone of you to download it and take it to your school or your children’s school. Play this film in every school and use it to educate children about safety. I cannot do this alone. All of us need to reach out and be part of the change. I am also starting an E-box where any child can give his or her complaint about molestation. All complaints will be confidential and action will be taken on every complaint. If you are an adult who knows that a child is being molested, you can also use the E-box to make a complaint. We are currently in the process of refining the E-box. As soon as it comes up, we will update you. I would like you to remain updated about the work done by the Ministry. Please follow us on twitter @ministrywcd and @manekagandhibjp page. Please also follow us on our Facebook page facebook.com/manekagandhiofficial & facebook.com/ministrywcd. Thank you, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Union Minister For Women and Child Development

3 years ago