• Petitioned To THE HONORABLE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA

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To THE HONORABLE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA
TO THE HONORABLE HOME MINISTER OF INDIA

Reform POLICE Reform NATION

    1. ashish gahlot
    2. Petition by

      ashish gahlot

      New Delhi, India

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1.      With respect to the 16th December 2012 rape and murder case, the degree of crime must be considered in terms of penalty imposed on the 6th accused juvenile. Differentiation of juveniles is required, such as those charged with crimes like rape & murder, compared to petty theft.

2.      Implementation of Police reforms as per Supreme Court Judgement in 2006. Despite several committees & commissions voicing the same, it has not been implemented yet. 

 

A. JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM

Social inequality and the lack of equal opportunities often drive people to crime, especially in the case of teenagers who lack the mental maturity to truly understand gravity of such acts committed by them. In order to protect the childhood of these juvenile offenders, the 2000 juvenile justice act provided blanket immunity to a person below the age of 18. But such a blanket immunity has failed to serve its purpose.

The 3 year reformative period at a juvenile home has in fact emboldened the teenage criminals. In 2000, 198 cases of rapes and in 2011, as many as 1,149 cases of rapes committed by juveniles were reported. In a recent rape case in Meghalaya 8 of the accused were juvenile. Additionaly, in the much publicized Maulana Azad Medical College- student rape case, one of the accused was a minor.

The Beijing convention, on which Juvenile Justice Act was modeled had recognized that there can neither be any hard and fast rule nor blanket protection solely on age criteria and in appropriate cases criminal behavior is to be punished with lengthy imprisonment. Therefore there is a need to make a distinction on the nature of crime committed by minor and not on a strict threshold of age.

 

B. NEED FOR POLICE REFORMS

1. Working of Indian police is based on Indian police act of 1861 which is a legacy of British rule and thus to make the police function in accordance with the democratic norms and values, police reform has been considered to be imperative.

2. With the passage of time, malfunctioning has occurred in the working of police administration & police reforms will remove such disfunctionalities to an extent. 16th Dec 2012, a girl is gang raped by 6 men in a bus roaming in South Delhi streets, crossing various barricades and police check posts, which is a clear indication of failure of the force.

National Police Commission (NPC)in 1979 was set up to report on policing and give recommendations

1. Various commissions and committees worked on these recommendations and strongly supported the desirability of police reforms in India. Eg. Riberio Committee, Padamnabhia Committee, Soly Sorabhji Committee, Madhav Menon Committee, NHRC, Law Commission.

2. In 2006, Supreme Court directed the Centre and state governments to make seven major changes in the existing Police which would involve restructuring, training, sensitization, accountability etc at various levels to ensure proper functioning of the department as a whole.

(7 Directives on Police Reforms issued by Supreme court- http://goo.gl/6qJvH)

 

Sources online available at-

Meghalaya gang rape case, 16th Dec 2012, http://goo.gl/k5Hh3 

Maulana Azad Medical College gang rape case,17th Jan 2005, http://goo.gl/kzaS4

Haveripeth Prakash D., Juvenile Justice- A hard look, International Research Journal of Social Sciences, January 2013, http://goo.gl/4jIrH

Recent signatures

    News

    1. LOK SABHA PASSES THE ANTI RAPE BILL.- A DILUTED VERSION?

      ashish gahlot
      Petition Organizer

      WHY WERE OUR ELECTED POLITICAL REPRESENTATIVES ABSENT?

      Two amendments, seeking life term for trafficking of children and life imprisonment for acid attack, were DEFEATED.

      Anti-rape Bill makes stalking, acid attacks punishable.for details:
      http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/antirape-bill-makes-stalking-acid-attacks-punishable/article4525991.ece)

      Anti-rape Bill makes stalking, acid attacks punishable

      The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013, to provide for more stringent punishment for crimes against women, including natural life term or even death for repeat offenders of rape. For the first time, the new anti-rape law also imposes various penalties for stalking, voyeurism and acid attacks.

    2. Anti-rape bill to face hurdles in all-party meet tomorrow

      ashish gahlot
      Petition Organizer

      The proposed bill which seeks to hand down stringent punishment for crimes against women, including rape and acid attack, and lower the age of consent for sex to 16, is set to face hurdles in an the all-party meeting convened by the government tomorrow.
      Samajwadi Party, which extends outside support to UPA, has openly come out against the provisions relating to stalking and lowering of consent age from 18 to 16 years.
      Main opposition BJP wants the bill to be passed at the earliest. But, it has objections to lowering of age of consent which was 18 in the ordinance issued last month.
      Rubbishing the anti-rape bill, Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav has said the party will oppose its proposals in Parliament and at the all-party meeting.
      http://m.business-standard.com/wapnew/storypage1.php?id=0&autono=113031700259

    3. DOES THE JUVENILE JUSTICE ACT TRULY DELIVER JUSTICE??

      ashish gahlot
      Petition Organizer

      STORY: Former top cop-turned-social activist Kiran Bedi highlighted the loopholes within the existing Juvenile Justice Act and also observed that the element of punishment is truly missing.

      She was speaking to mediapersons in New Delhi on Wednesday (January 30).

      http://www.indtvusa.com/indias-social-activist-highlights-loopholes-within-juvenile-justice-act/)

      India's social activist highlights loopholes within Juvenile justice act | IND TV USA

      STORY: Former top cop-turned-social activist Kiran Bedi highlighted the loopholes within the existing Juvenile Justice Act and also observed that the element of punishment is truly missing. She was speaking to mediapersons in New Delhi on Wednesday (January 30).

    4. Anti-rape law sent to GoM, all-party meet March 18

      ashish gahlot
      Petition Organizer
      Anti-rape law sent to GoM, all-party meet March 18

      'Anti-rape law sent to GoM, all-party meet March 18' on Yahoo! News India. New Delhi, March 12 (IANS) Amid differences of opinion in the cabinet over the proposed anti-rape law, the government Tuesday referred the legislation to a Group of Ministers (GoM) and also called an an all-party meeting on March 18 to discuss the bill.

    5. Ram Singh's death will not affect Delhi gangrape case: Police

      ashish gahlot
      Petition Organizer
      Ram Singh's death will not affect Delhi gangrape case: Police : North, News - India Today

      The death of prime accused in last December's horrific gangrape, Ram Singh, would not affect the case as there was enough evidence to convict the other four accused men, police said on Tuesday. Police said that Ram Singh had died due to hanging.

    6. Reached 250 signatures
    7. Supreme Court issues notice on police reforms.

      ashish gahlot
      Petition Organizer
      Supreme Court issues notice on police reforms

      New Delhi,Immigration/Law/Rights, Mon, 11 Mar 2013 IANS New Delhi, March 11 (IANS) The Supreme Court Monday issued notice to the union home secretary, chief secretaries, home secretaries and directors general of police (DGPs) of all states and administrators and police commissioners of union territories, asking them about steps taken by them in pursuance of its directions to effect reforms in the functioning of the police in the country.

    8. Police reforms: Need for Anna Hazare-type movement

      ashish gahlot
      Petition Organizer

      This is the reality of all the platitudes & measures that were taken by Gov in pressure of public..

      Again a girl is gangraped in Delhi

      And that is why we need Police reforms:

      http://news.in.msn.com/national/article.aspx?cp-documentid=5156934#page=4

      Delhi is still not safe for women - Hindustan Times

      The harsh reality is Delhi hasn't changed for the better since horrific gangrape of the 23-yar-old paramedic inside a bus, instead it has become worse. There has been a drastic increase in crime against women in the first 2 months of 2013. Faizan Haider reports.Where's the safety?

    9. Delhi is still not safe for women

      ashish gahlot
      Petition Organizer

      After the steps taken by Gov & Police to ensure safety for Women, things are not changed. It's getting worse, since last two months crime against women is increased by strangers..

      Read more:
      http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Delhi-is-still-not-safe-for-women/Article1-1022347.aspx

    10. Reached 100 signatures
    11. TOI talks to Walke about the shortcomings in law, the possible improvements

      ashish gahlot
      Petition Organizer

      Are these laws dealing with the children in a satisfactory manner?

      Previously, the act dealt with girls up to the age of 18 and with boys up to the age of 16. After amendments, the age for both boys and girls is 18. Children who are found to be offending or those who are victims of crimes are sent to remand homes or observation homes. Despite their vulnerability, the children, especially the girls, sent to these 'homes' are a neglected lot. So much so, many feel they are better protected on the streets than in institutions.

    12. TOI talks to Walke about the shortcomings in law, the possible improvements

      ashish gahlot
      Petition Organizer

      The Delhi rape case may have acted as a catalyst for a rebellion of sorts in the Indian society, but it also drew attention towards the loopholes in the country's judicial system when it comes to dealing with minors.

      Is it a recent trend to have separate laws governing child offenders?

      A. Juvenile courts have a history of more than hundred years that mete out punishments based on the age of the offender and not the nature of the offence. In recent history, a resolution was passed in Beijing in the 1985 during a UNICEF convention that formed the basis of laws in this regard followed in most countries including India's Juvenile Justice Act. Though a signatory of this resolution, it was not until 2000 that the act came into shape in India after a lot of pressure from international agencies and activists.

    13. Delhi ‘open’ mind on juvenile law

      ashish gahlot
      Petition Organizer

      Law minister Ashwani Kumar today said the government had an “open” mind on changes in the juvenile justice act and the recently introduced Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance to ensure a credible deterrent that wouldn’t lend itself to abuse.

      He said the “final shape” to the new criminal law would emerge after a “comprehensive debate” in Parliament but didn’t set a time frame for changes in the JJ Act, 2000.

      The minister’s comments, in an interview to The Telegraph, came amid a growing clamour for lowering the age of juvenile offenders from 18 to 16 in the wake of the eventually fatal bus gang rape in the capital.

      http://www.telegraphindia.com/1130213/jsp/nation/story_16556398.jsp

    14. Budget 2013: Nirbhaya fund? Not what the Indian woman needs.

      ashish gahlot
      Petition Organizer

      money is not the solution to this problem .. reforms and structural changes are required..we want action.

      http://www.firstpost.com/india/budget-2013-nirbhaya-fund-not-what-the-indian-woman-needs-643502.html

    15. Reached 50 signatures
    16. Do you think spending 3 years in the juvenile home will reform him?

      ashish gahlot
      Petition Organizer

      Despite the Board charging juvenile with Nirbhaya's rape and murder, if convicted,
      the minor can face a maximum punishment of three years under the JJ Act.
      Earlier, the police, in its report filed before the JJB, slapped charges of gang rape,
      murder, unnatural sex, dacoity, criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence among other offences..
      (source- http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Board-charges-juvenile-with-Nirbhayas-rape-and-murder/articleshow/18740712.cms)

    17. Reached 10 signatures

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    • Maha Ramasamy KIRKLAND, WA
      • 10 months ago

      I cannot stand injustice to women. Delhi rape is not the only one that happened. We need to stop this in entire India.

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    • thakur singh INDIA
      • 12 months ago

      justice has to be done at anycost for jyothisingh pandey

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      • about 1 year ago

      Because man wasn't born on his own.... a woman brought him into this world... and if he then can't respect women.... he needs to be hung!

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    • Sapna Asrani DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
      • about 1 year ago

      Because I want India to be a better place for women.

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    • kanwaljeet bhandari NEW DELHI, INDIA
      • about 1 year ago

      Secure and Safe Woman is the base of a Secured Nation....

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