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Crimes against women in India have increased alarmingly. Specifically, rape has increased 873% over the last 40 years, with 2,487 reported cases in 1971 and 24,206 reported cases in 2011. This is largely because sex offenders in India are not harshly punished for these crimes. In addition, women who report being raped are often subjected to criminal interrogation. They face humiliation and embarrassment, and many are encouraged to drop the charges to protect their reputations. We need to act globally to put an end to these violent acts against the women of India.

Letter to
Secretary to the President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee, President of India
Dear President Mukherjee,

The recent gang rape and murder of a 23 year-old student in New Delhi has gained worldwide media attention. As a result, many people from all over the world are reviewing India’s statistics of violent crimes against women, and what we have found is alarming.
Crimes against women in India have increased exponentially. Specifically, rape has increased 873% over the last 40 years, with 2,487 reported cases in 1971 and 24,206 reported cases in 2011. These numbers do not include the hundreds, perhaps thousands of unreported cases which occur every year. This increase is largely because sex offenders in India are not harshly punished for their crimes. In addition, women who report being raped are often subjected to criminal interrogation. Not only do they endure the physical and emotional trauma of the event itself, they also face humiliation and embarrassment, and many are ultimately encouraged to drop the charges to protect their reputations.
Women in India deserve to be able to travel safely throughout their country without the constant fear of being raped and molested. And when these horrific crimes do occur, rape victims deserve better than to be additionally traumatized by poor police treatment.
President Mukherjee, I implore you as a husband, and as a father of a daughter, please take action to make India a safer place - not only for the women you love, but for all women of India.

Sincerely,

Dana Forman, DO
Trauma Surgeon, California, USA