• Petitioned Prime Minister of India

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Prime Minister of India

Create a Special Fast Track Court for Rape Cases in India

    1. Petition by

      Shivalya Hindu Cultural Center

Damini was a 23 year old physiotherapy student about to get married whose life changed in a course of a few hours.

On December 16th, Jyoti (popularly known as Damini) was brutally gang raped and thrown from a moving bus. Medical reports later suggested that the woman suffered serious injuries to her abdomen, intestines and genitals due to the assault, and doctors say that the damage indicates that a blunt object (suspected to be the iron rod) may have been used for penetration. That rod was later described by police as being a rusted, L-shaped implement of the type used as a wheel jack handle. According to the International Business Times, a police spokesman said that the youngest attacker "sexually abused his victim twice and ripped out her intestines with his bare hands."

Damini was a fighter and a survivor and she tried to fight the men and the assault. She bit them leaving bite marks and tried to fight back during the rape.

After the assault, they threw her and her male friend out of the bus and tried to run her over but she was saved by her male friend.

The couple were taken to a nearby hospital by a passerby after lying on the busy Delhi street for over an hour. She was found with only 5% of her intestines left inside of her. A doctor at the hospital later said that the "rod was inserted into her and it was pulled out with so much force that the act brought out her intestines also. That is probably the only thing that explains such severe damage to her intestines.

On December 29th, she succumbed to her severe injuries which included abdomen and liver infections, internal bleeding, brain injuries and more.

Damini moved the entire nation, not only for the heinous nature of the crime but her fighting spirit and she became a beacon for the nation as they protested and demanded security for women.

 

India is a country where rapes are usually treated in a hushed manner and considered shameful. Many times, society at large blames the rape victim causing many victims to not come forward. Damini and her fighting spirit united the country, to shed the shackles that made Rape a social taboo. Now they are not only willing to talk about it, but fight openly for much needed change and justice.

Damini’s perpetrators were caught on December 17th and identified on December 21st. The police acted swiftly in response to this heinous crime but others like Damini may have to wait for many years to see justice done.

It took over 10 years for Priyadarshini Mattoo who was raped and murdered to get justice even though they arrested her culprit right away.

We are petitioning the Government of India to create a Fast Track Court system that not only provides Justice for Damini, but all rape victims so that they don’t wait years for justice, or feel it would be pointless to seek it.

To:
Prime Minister of India
Create a Special Fast Track Court for Rape Cases

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Another Rape

      7 men gang rape bus passenger in India

      New Delhi, India (CNN) -- In an incident eerily similar to a sexual assault that sent shock waves worldwide, Indian police say a woman was gang-raped over the weekend by seven men after she boarded a bus at night. Police arrested six suspects, including the bus driver, after the alleged Friday night attack in Gurdaspur district in Punjab.

    3. 600 Guitarists gather to play John Lennon's Imagine in tribute to Damini

      600 Guitarists Play John Lennon's 'Imagine' As Tribute to Damini - Intent Blog

      "Imagine all the people living life in peace... you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one." On December 16th, a group of men sexually violently assaulted a 23-year-old university student for hours on a moving bus in New Delhi. The attack, which later killed the woman, has caused outrage across India...

    4. The minor to be tried in Juvenile Court

      One of the accused, a minor is to be tried in Juvenile court because he is 17 years of age. He may only get 3 years of imprisonment in a Juvenile Center.
      Why cant he be tried as an adult for such a heinous crime?
      Why is there no provision in the law for this?

    5. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 10 months ago

      Today, the brutal rapist who has even pulled out the now deceased victim in December 2012, the intestines, get only three years youth custody. Abroad, this judgment is a mockery. Adult rapists get the death penalty and underage rapists almost no or little punishment. In Germany, this monster could get 10 years in a detention for young criminals and later a permanent accommodation in the psychiatric ward! Is India unable to punish rapists? This judgment spits all the victims and their families in the face and is just ridiculous! It must give worldwide tougher laws and special courts for this type of cruel rape and rapists and they must be completely independent of their age severely punished!

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    • kontxi bg DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIáN, SPAIN
      • about 1 year ago

      Because just fear to punishment can stop criminals from raping.

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    • darci ernce KAILUA, HI
      • over 1 year ago

      Women should not be treated as second class citizens and their complaints taken seriously, investigated in a timely manner so that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

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    • Anju Peters CHICAGO, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      It is important to me because an innocent was victimized by a bunch of animals. I have 3 daughters so this hits close to home. I don't live in India but hope to spend time there with my girls. This actually transcends any geographical borders anyways.

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    • Sharon Schaefer SUWANEE, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      innocent women lose their lives

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