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Petition to Amit Shah, Dr. Harsh Vardhan

Set up makeshift crematoriums and designate more burial grounds for COVID victims’ dignity

Italian | French| Hindi With this second wave,  the spectre of COVID has become even more frightening for  all of us. In this second wave, the catastrophic spike in cases is coupled with a high death toll. Crematoriums and burial grounds are struggling to keep up, as casualties pile up.Gentlemen, What will it take for you to finally wake up? Why are crematoriums, morgues not considered as a priority in your infrastructure and health plans? How many more pandemics do you need to understand the reality and act? Last year “Times Now” kept flashing those gory visuals for days and nights. I was interviewed live on a primetime news discussion to share that the situation of non-functional Morgue and crematoriums in Mumbai was pathetic even before Covid 19 attacked us. That it was a nightmare with COVID deaths was therefore no surprise.Yet! Neither did the Chief Minister of Maharashtra pay attention nor did you at the Centre. The tender for the reconstruction of a new morgue at St Georges Hospital  is yet to be floated. It's only been FOUR years!!!! As a 65-year-old responsible citizen who has been campaigning for dignity for the dead, I have been running from pillar to post trying to get the Maharashtra  government to wake up .I have been fighting for a functional crematorium and morgue in Mumbai so that every citizen who ends up there can have a semblance of dignity in death. Sirs, the crisis today is much bigger than one city. It is all over India. With these COVID deaths, there are 3 issues: dignity for the dead, safety of the living, and a colossal logistics issue.  We are seeing a shortage of crematoriums and burial grounds. As a result the dead, both COVID and non-COVID victims, and their loved ones have to wait long hours for the last rites. The overcrowding and long wait could turn these very locations into virus hotspots.  There is also the question of the safety of crematorium and burial ground workers. Times Now reported that many of these men don’t even have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) gear on. They are getting exposed to COVID with every victim they come in close contact with Sign my petition urging the Government of India to direct all states to set up makeshift electric crematoriums and designate more areas for burials on a priority basis.  Nobody knows what lies ahead for any of us. One of the few things we can control is the way we give those who COVID snatches away a dignified funeral.  Few people these days speak up for the dignity of the living. Fewer people speak up for the dignity of the dead. Please lend your voice to this cause by signing my petition. When thousands of people do so, we will be making it our collective petition. We will have a greater chance of being heard by the authorities.#DignityInDeathPart3

Renu Kapoor
98,802 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Office of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Arun Gupta, Smriti Irani, Supriya Sule, Smt. I. A. Kundan, Secretary Health GOI, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, GOI, Sh. Vikas Sheel, JV , Sri Amir Subhani, I.A.S., Sri Pratyaya Amrit, I.A.S., Sri Sanjay Kumar Singh, IAS, Director, , Apollocradle & Children's Hospital, S. L. Raheja Hospital, Mahim, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi – A Fortis network Hospital, Fortis Hospital, Kalyan, Manipal Hospitals, Lilavati hospital, Mumbai, MaxCure Suyosha Woman and Child Hospital, Hyderabad, Medicover hospitals, Motherhood ivf hospitals, BLK Superspeciality Hospital, Moolchand Medcity, Uttar Pradesh, Artemis Hospital, Cloudnine hospitals, Wellspring IVF & Women's Hospital, Bansal Health Square And IVF Center, Rosewalk Hospital, Ovum hospital, Chaitanya Hospital, Chaitanya Public Hospital zirakpur, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Navin Hospitals, Motherland Hospital, Phoenix Hospital, Kangaroo Care, CKB Hospital, Jain Surgical Hospital, Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM),, Mission Director, NHM, Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Mission Director (NHM), Sri Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas, Sri Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Shri. T.S. Singh Deo, Shri Bhupesh Baghel, Shri Mangal Pandey, Shri Rushikesh Ganeshbhai Patel, Dr. K. Sudhakar

Stop feeding formula milk to newborns without the parent's consent #MyBabyMyDecision

During the nine months of my pregnancy, all I was waiting for the day that I could hold my baby in my arms. There is no better feeling in the world for a mother than the first time you feed your baby. All I wished for was to have a healthy baby whom I could hold in my arms and feed. But my wish was not respected by the hospital where I delivered my baby. When my baby was born, he was kept in the NICU for observing his sugar levels. During the time he spent in the NICU, he was fed formula milk. I was not informed of this and my consent was not taken by the hospital. If I knew that my baby was being given formula milk, I would have never allowed for that to happen. There was a milk bank in the hospital and my baby could have been fed human milk during the early stages of his life. I later realized that what happened to me is a very rampant practice across the country. Especially when a mother is recovering after a C-section, or when a baby is in the NICU, many hospitals just go ahead and feed the baby formula milk, without informing the mother. Our government has spent crores of rupees in advertising about the importance of breastfeeding. Many of you may have heard radio and TV ads about the thick yellow milk that a lactating mother produces is crucial for the baby’s long term health. But the hospitals, especially the private ones, make tonnes of money because they get discounted formula milk dabbas from the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture them. The moment the baby is born, they open a new dabba and start feeding the baby. That dabba is then given to the new mothers to take home with them and the cost is added to the bill. And all of this is done without the consent of the unsuspecting mother who is tired after delivering the baby.I know quite a few mothers who’ve had a tough time switching from formula to breast milk. That’s why I want the government to tell all the hospitals to get prior consent of the mother before feeding a newborn formula milk. The hospitals ask for the patient’s consent for every small thing. They make you sign so many documents before and after the delivery. And yet the doctors chose to give my baby formula over human milk. Without my consent! Why? Luckily, my baby was in the NICU only for a day. Had he been there for a longer time, I cannot even imagine how hard it would have been for me to wean him off formula. Join me and sign this petition to make it mandatory for doctors to educate new parents about the benefits of breastfeeding and breast milk and ask for their consent if at all, formula needs to be given to their baby. Breast is not just the best, but also the biological norm! #MyBabyMyDecision  

Jincy Varghese, Dr. Arun Gupta, BPNI India
111,089 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI), smoke house deli, Madeira & Mime

Build Gender Neutral Washrooms. A Community Effort To Create A More Inclusive Society

Public washrooms, the basic amenities for every human being are majorly divided into men’s and women’s; a segregation that a majority of the population is comfortable with. However, for a member of the LGBTQIA+ community with different gender identities, each visit to the public washroom is a reminder that their gender “doesn’t fit” in the society and triggers gender dysphoria- a feeling of unease and distress caused by the mismatch between their biological sex and gender identity.  The idea of going to the toilet when you want to and exiting with a feeling of relief is a given for cis-gendered people. But meeting this basic human need is completely different for members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Paras, a transgender man, whose story is just one of the narratives from the ever-growing transgender community of 4.88 lakhs in India, stresses the importance of gender-neutral washrooms. When they left an abusive home at a young age, public washrooms were their refuge for personal hygiene. But these washrooms which are separated as men’s and women’s were a constant reminder of how there’s still not a space for people with different gender identities. In their travels, Paras had to justify their entry to a women’s toilet at an airport by showing their Aadhar card. In another instance, when they felt comfortable in a men’s washroom, the inadequate infrastructure made it difficult and uncomfortable for them to menstruate. While the idea of transgenders who menstruate is alien in our society, what adds to the community’s struggles is a lack of acceptance in public washrooms and a lack of proper infrastructure. Generally, the men’s washroom is dominated by urinals and the few stalls that exist, lack of toilet paper or dustbins to discard period products which makes it impossible for the trans community to menstruate privately and with dignity. We (on behalf of the LGBTQIA+ community) aren't asking for a washroom for the “third'' gender but a third, gender-neutral washroom that is all-inclusive.  We at Lemme Be believe that while gender-neutral washrooms should be added in all public spaces, for now change can start small and create a louder impact. We urge restaurant and hospitality chains like The Lalit, Madeira & Mime, Smoke House Deli, Socials and The National Restaurant Association of India who already welcome the LGBTQIA+ community to now offer a third, gender-neutral washroom in their premises and create a safe haven for them to access personal hygiene with privacy, safety and dignity. Sign the petition initiated by Lemme Be, a young menstruator's period care brand which urges public institutions to build gender-neutral washrooms in public spaces.  It’s time we create an inclusive space where each member of the community can say #LemmeRiseWithPride. Sign the petition now!

Lemme Be
8,815 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Monika Shergill, Disney Hotstar, Anurag Thakur

OTT Platforms: Display Kiran Mental Health Helpline Number as a Disclaimer

Trigger Warning: This petition has content that refers to death by suicide  24 December, 2014: The day I lost two souls.  What started off as a normal day turned into the most horrific day of my life. I lived next door to my mother, and as per routine, was getting ready to go to the gym with her. Upon ringing her doorbell, she didn’t seem like her chirpy, active self. Something felt off, and she looked groggy. I asked her to get ready, gave her some lime juice, and went to get ready myself.  I returned 20 mins later to pick her up. I rang the bell several times. By now, my worst fears were looming over me - something did not feel right. I managed to break the door open. The dogs were no longer barking and could not be seen.  I ran inside, only to find my mother had hung herself and died by suicide. I was 23-years-old, and my life changed forever that day.  My mother was my best friend, and I could not imagine a world without her in it. I felt my soul also die that day. My mother’s diary revealed that she had been sad for a long time. If only she had told any of us.  Lost, and feeling hopeless, I too tried to take my own life. I tried to seek help - calling local helplines, but no one picked up. My husband found me, and helped me, and today, with all the help I have gotten, I am doing fine.  There must be so many people out there who are trying to get help, but are not able to because no one is answering the helpline. And I want to change that. No one should lose their mother because they could not get help.  And the first step towards changing this is making sure everyone know about Kiran - the national suicide prevention helpline. OTT platforms are a welcome addition to the lives of millions of viewers around the world. Based on a study, India will have over 500 million OTT subscribers by 2023, with content that primarily caters to the 15-35 years age group.  I want the 24x7 free tele counselling mental health helpline to be displayed across all Indian OTT platforms (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, Zee5). Adding this number as a disclaimer during relevant scenes, and before a show starts, will make viewers aware of whom to reach out to when they need help. Sign my petition.(If you need support or know someone who does, please reach out to your nearest mental health specialist. Help is a call away)HELPLINES1. Vandrevala Foundation for Mental Health9999666555 or help@vandrevalafoundation.comTimings: 24x7 Languages: Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati and English2. TISS iCall022-25521111 Timings: Monday-Saturday: 8 am to 10 pm3. Fortis MentalHealthContact: 8376804102 Timings: 24x7; All days Languages: Achiku, Assamese, Bengali, Dogri, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Konkani, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu

Kalyani Suresh
20,315 supporters