Petition to Honarable Ram Nath Kovind, Honarable Edappadi K Palaniswami, Edappadi K Palaniswami, Honorable Supreme Court, Honorable Madras High Court
Immediate Justice for a 4-year-old girl who was raped and murdered by a 60-year-old man
The purpose of this signature campaign is to get justice for the 4-year-old little girl, Shanmathi who was recently raped and murdered brutally by a 60 year old man, Meenakshi Sundaram. Shanmathi respected him as her grandfather till the day she died. Being their neighbour as well as their relative, Shanmathi’s family would visit Meenakshi Sundaram and his wife Rajammal, often for getting blessings on auspicious days. Her entire family trusted them as their own family members. Whenever those old brutes felt ill, Shanmathi’s mother wouldn’t hesitate to be at their service by preparing them food, giving medicines and home remedies. And is this how those old bastards repay them??? What happened on the day? On that day (27th June 2019), Shanmathi’s mother, Senthamil Selvi was planning to take Shanmathi and her brother for tuition class but since Shanmathi was not feeling well, she left her at home, turned on the television, took her brother and went. When she came back, baby Shanmathi was missing. The entire neighbourhood was searching for the baby girl, Shanmathi including Meenakshi Sundaram and his wife, Rajammal. One of the neighbour suggested reaching out to the police department as they couldn’t find her. Immediately Meenakshi Sunadaram rejected that idea but still someone contacted the police. As soon as the police came onsite, Rajammal disappeared and Meenakshi Sundaram was consistently on phone. Police found the brutally raped murdered body of the little girl Shanmathi in a rice sack inside the bucket in their own bathroom. The unfortunate father, Rajendran ended up in opening the sack and found their baby doll, Shanmathi’s body with nail scratches all over the body, her bloody nose, mouth, cracked back of the head with blood, and her mouth was stuffed with half of a samosa. The entire neighbourhood burst into tears. The police dog went straight to Meenakshi Sundaram’s house right after smelling the body. The police found one of baby Shanmathi’s ear rings on his bed, her broken bangles, half samosa, Meenakshi Sundaram’s bloody dhoti, and blood in his bathroom. One of the neighbours, who didn’t want to come to the court as a witness said that Rajammal took Shanmathi to their home after Shanmathi’s mother left.Later, the vicious 60-year-old himself agreed to the police that he was the one behind this brutal scene and narrated everything that happened. My hands here are trembling as I’m typing about this merciless act that had happened to that tender girl. Without even pausing for a minute thinking about the baby, he brutally raped her and murdered her. What is going on now? The accused Meenakshi Sundaram has been arrested under the POCSO act (the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences). But he is claiming privileges in the name of a heart patient as he had gone through a heart by-pass surgery. Can a person with heart issues be able to pitilessly rape and murder a young girl? What should happen? 1. The rapist and murderer Meenakshi Sundaram should not be given privileges in the name of a heart patient.2. His wife Rajammal who was also equally involved in this merciless crime should also be arrested under the POCSO act.3. Both of them should be given Capital punishment as early as possible.
Petition to Prime Minister of India, cabinet of ministers, National Women right commission, National Human right commision of India
Capital punishment for those, who rapes and kills or attempts to kill children under 14
Brutal Rapes and murders after rape is increasing day by day and no one is safe here. Our country is ashamed of it. These sensational cases become headline for a few days in media, but no change seen in the scenario. Even Nirbhaya's convict is still alive, when SC has awarded them death sentence in May 2017. Why? We demand capital punishment for minor girl's rape case, especially when they are killed after rape/gang rapes. Hundreds of minor girls including Asifa, Gudiya and Sasaram's 6 year old rape victim girl, who is still serious, are seeking justice. Nothing less than death penalty can be accepted for such cases. The nation wants justice, the nation demands capital punishment for them. One more request we have to deploy CBI for Kathua case investigation as itis the most sensitive case, which may effect the nation's reputation on International platforms and may create tension between two communities. It needs special attention and inquiry and investigation should be handled by the most authentic agency of our country, though accused must not get bail approved till investigation completes.
Petition to Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Smriti Irani
Introduce Paid Paternity Leave for Working Fathers #LeaveInequalityBehind
It takes two people to bring a child into the world. So, why is it that mothers get maternity leave in India but fathers don’t? Fathers have equal responsibility for their children. And most of them want to take up that responsibility but are not allowed to do so because of discriminatory parental leave policies! We must break through this idea that mothers are the ‘primary’ parent and fathers only ‘babysit’ the children. Our politicians are working towards getting more women into India’s workforce but how can that happen when men and women still don’t share the load at home? Sign my petition asking the government to introduce dedicated (i.e. “use it or lose it”), 8-10 weeks of paid paternity leave to working fathers, which must be used within 2 years of their child’s birth or adoption. In 2018, India was ranked 108 out of 149 participating countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index report. In ‘economic participation and opportunity’ in fact, only two countries in the world were ranked worse than India! Is this not a matter of national shame? I have been working for several years with various organisations to improve their gender diversity at work. But I realised that it’s not enough to just hire more women. If women are shouldering most of the responsibility at home, especially childcare, how can they be expected to put in the same amount of effort at work? It’s physically impossible! The problem is - women and men, mothers and fathers are not seen as equal in our society or our laws. This has to change! While maternity leave is a must, and India has made generous provisions to its working mothers in this regard with the Maternity Benefits Act of 2016, this law leaves behind a key component – parental leave for fathers as well. Studies around the world have shown that providing paternity leave has been proven to have positive benefits for all! Men: Fathers enjoy better relationships with their children Fathers share responsibilities at home more equally Women After having children, women return to work more Women stay employed longer – contributing to their family’s income Gender pay gaps reduce over time Children Children grow up more well-adjusted, intelligent and secure Organizations Employees work better Employees stay longer and are more loyal to organizations Organizations are able to attract better employees Society Cultural stereotypes about gender, work and family reduce Country’s economy improves So this election year, help me seek justice, equality and progression on gender equality by appealing to our political leaders to include paternity leave in their election manifestos! Our future – families, organizations, and the entire Indian economy – lies in the hands of our elected representatives. Sign this petition asking them to make sure paternity leave is as much part of our system as maternity leave! #LeaveInequalityBehind #DadsAreNotBabySitters #ParentalLeave #PaternityLeave
Petition to Maneka Gandhi, Maneka Gandhi, Maneka Gandhi, Y S K Seshu Kumar
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.
Petition to Dr. S. Ganguli, Dr. Pragnya Ram, Mr Kumar Mangalam Birla, JAYASHREE MOHTA
@AdityaBirlaGrp: Mandate 50% parent members in safety committee of your schools.
November 2017: A four-year-old girl of a reputed school in Kolkata returned home with blood-stains on her uniform and was reportedly crying. The parents then rushed to the SSKM hospital with the child, where doctors told the parents about the sexual assault.Back in November 2014, a six-year girl was assaulted in the same school. An outsider was blamed last time. This time, the enemy was within. One thing stayed constant. No CCTV at the school then. No CCTV now. December 2017: A staff member of another reputed school of Kolkata was arrested for the sexual assault of a three-year-old twice earlier this year. The girl’s parents claimed that the incidents had happened in June and September and the school had not taken any action. I am a mother of two kids. My elder one is already in a school. I got really scared after those incidents. I researched for the last 1 year and found so many such cases in private schools. Most of them happened in the pre-primary section (3-6 years). Schools exist to provide safe environments to children to explore, be curious, to learn, to be taught. This is why schools have walls, fences, and gates – to keep their wards safe. However, in the light of recent atrocities, schools are unfortunately not safe anymore. The children are getting raped, molested and abused in schools across the nation. Now the question is, can the parents really encourage their children to go to school when they themselves are not sure about the safety of the school? A mistrust between school and parent is growing exponentially. It can explode at any time. A child's education is a shared responsibility of parents and school. So we don't want any scope of mistrust between both. The mistrust needs to translate to better parental engagement in schools. Good schools will always agree to make things better and will appreciate the well-mannered support from the parents. So I am requesting Aditya Birla Group and BK Birla Group to mandate the inclusion of 50% parent members in their Safety Committee. School can ask the parents to nominate themselves as a volunteer. School should also facilitate to introduce the interested parents to all other parents Then school should arrange an online or offline voting system to select the final parent members. Other parents should always have the opportunity to personally interact with them. If an equal ratio of parent members are included in the School Safety Committee, they can: Actively take part in creating a safety guideline for school. Ensure regular auditing of school infrastructure. i.e. if CCTV is installed or it's in good condition etc. Verify the background checking of teaching and non-teaching staffs. Interact with other parents and address their safety-related issues. Not only physical safety-related issues but also emotional safety-related issues can be addressed by parents. For instance mental harassment, bullying, inappropriate textbook, etc. Birla Group has a great contribution in building future citizens across the generation with their schools in India. They are also very much aware of their social responsibilities. So they should take this initiative for a noble cause of creating an environment of safety and trust in the school. Being a pioneer, they can also set an example for others. If they take this first step, they are going to create a positive revolution in the school safety system across India. So request you, please sign my petition to bring back the environment of safety and trust in schools. https://www.ndtv.com/kolkata-news/gd-birla-rape-case-2-teachers-arrested-for-assaulting-4-year-old-student-in-kolkata-1782612 https://www.telegraphindia.com/calcutta/mp-birla-employee-held-for-assault-191191 #engageparentsinschoolsafety #bringbacktrust #makeschoolsafest
Petition to Maneka Gandhi, Maneka Gandhi, CBSE, ISCE , 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.
Petition to ministry of social justice and empowerment, Prime Minister of India, Union Minister of Ministry of Human Resource Development, President of India, Governor of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, Government of India
Government schools for Special needs children across India
India Still Doesn't Have A Proper System To Ensure Education To Children With Disabilities. The country lacks a central body to frame guidelines, leaving colleges and schools to decide for themselves. This doesn’t work in favor of the children or parents. Choices in education are hard enough normally. When you’re the parent of a child with special needs, it can be tougher. In India, there are 2.7 million people with special needs, in a population of 1.3 billion. This means that about 2.2% of our population has special needs. Report on disabled persons in India Having a special needs child can be an expensive affair. The cost can be up to four times that of raising a child without special needs. Doctors’ visits, medication, and special items like wheelchairs can cause costs to pile up. People in the rural parts of the country aren't aware of such cases and feel they need to hide away their child, which in turns becomes an act of shunning away their child from the society. Awareness Programmes in such areas can help people know what their child is suffering from and can help lead them better life with proper treatment and education. Having schools all across India including the rural areas, which are Government funded with all the proper material to teach and support these children for future endeavours can help parents to help their child to walk on the same path as everyone else without feeling burdened financially.
Petition to Shri Kamal Nath, Jyotiraditya Scindia
Priyanshu needs YOUR SUPPORT to live
Priyanshu is the son of a daily wage worker from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. When he was just 3-months old, he was diagnosed with a complex congenital heart defect in which impure and pure blood gets mixed, resulting in lung damage. Imagine the helplessness of a parent, whose child is diagnosed with a rare disease and he does not have the money to get the treatment done. That is what Priyanshu's parents are going through. Dr Rakesh Mishra , Priyanshu’s paediatrician said, “He has a double outlet right ventricle with a large ventricular septal defect with pulmonary arterial hypertension. Across the globe, less than 0.5% of population gets this disease.” “In Priyanshu’s case, since both the outlets of his heart are very close, pure and impure blood keeps mixing,” he added. “In 2015, a bridging therapy – a pulmonary artery banding was done – to reduce blood flow at high pressures into the lungs, thus preventing lung damage and prolonging life. He is around because of that surgery,” said Dr Mishra. A reconstructive surgery is needed at the earliest to treat the child, but it carries considerable risk. Priyanshu's parents have consulted all the top hospitals in India like AIIMS, Fortis Hospital in Delhi, Narayan Hrudyalaya in Bangalore, Ruby Hall and Jehangir hospital in Pune, but they have all declared him “inoperable” in the country. His father Sagar Meshram has found some hope in the United States. Through some good samaritans, he has been able to get in touch with Dr Sitaram Emani of The heart centre, Boston Children’s hospital ,Boston. This hospital has treated patients with this defect and he is hopeful that the child will get help there and be able to lead a normal life afterwards. But and there is a big “BUT” here. He does not have the funds to take Priyanshu to Boston for his treatment. More than a year ago ( In May 2017), the cost of treatment at Boston was estimated to be about Rupees 1.65 crores , but since the funds could not be collected ,his condition went from bad to worse and he now needs 2 surgeries and the expected costs have gone upto about Rupees 2.2 crores . Heartening thing is that due to the efforts of some good hearted people who have been helping Sagar Meshram, Priyanshu's father, and the generosity of common citizens, an amount of about Rupees 60 lakhs has already been collected. Priyanshu's condition is deteriorating and It is imperative that he is sent to Boston soon for his treatment, failing which any effort or any amount of money may prove to be useless in saving his life. Please sign this petition to #SavePriyanshu and join me in requesting the Chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Kamal Nath, to help in bridging the gap for the remaining amount of funds required for Priyanshu's treatment at Boston Children’s Hospital, that are approximately Rupees 1.6 crores.