A  comprehensive response to sexual violence
  • Petitioned PRIME MINISTER INDIA

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PRIME MINISTER INDIA

A comprehensive response to sexual violence

    1. Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
    2. Petition by

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal

      Mumbai (Bombay), India

At present only 2 provisions of the Indian Penal Code primarily deal with the issue of sexual violence against women. Sec. 376 IPC punishes rape and Sec. 354 IPC punishes outraging the ‘modesty’ of a woman. Sec. 354 IPC applies to routine incidents of molestation and certainly does not respond to aggravated sexual assault by a mob, accompanied by public stripping and parading. There is no penal provision to redress the harm, injury, humiliation and trauma suffered by the young girl in Guwahati when she was assaulted by a group of men, or indeed countless attacks similar to this reported from different parts of India. Yet it is this penal provision which the police and court will have to base their charge upon. Sec. 354 IPC offers no commensurate penalty – nor is a deterrent. It is a bailable offence and allows the Court to award a maximum of 2 year imprisonment or at its discretion, a mere fine as a minimum sentence.

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    • Divya Sangameshwar LAG VAJ, SINGAPORE
      • over 1 year ago

      Because its time we move away from patriarchy, away from the mindset that its okay to strip a woman in public and abuse her, and towards mutual respect and equality. This will have to be a government impetus.

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    • Manohar Elavarthi BANGALORE, INDIA
      • over 1 year ago

      All forms of sexual assault should be punished. The law should make sure sexual assault on everyone IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR GENDER should be punished, IRRESPECTIVE OF THE GENDER OF THE PERPETRATOR

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    • Meenakshi Ahluwalia HARYANA, INDIA
      • over 1 year ago

      bec i believe this is the right thing to do

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    • Sathyasree Goswami BANGALORE, INDIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Protection from sexual abuse of all forms is a must..... I hope it all happens fast

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    • minal chheda MUMBAI, INDIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Stand up against any kind of violence against women

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