Petition to Hon'ble Shri Nitin Gadkari, Satyendar Jain
We lost Shubham... and many more. Help us save lives now.
Shubham was studying in class 12th in Modern School Lucknow. An elected Prefect and the Sports Captain of his school, Shubham was loved by everyone in his school, and was a loving child of Soti parivar. Shubham met with a tragic road accident on 15th of July 2010 and left this world forever. The world lost a young boy of principles, a kind hearted person full of love and care for the underprivileged. One person is killed every 3 minutes on the Indian roads. Someone would have lost their life by the time you finish reading this! Laws are in place. But who will implement and ensure that the Indian roads are safer? Historically, implementation in India is a bigger challenge than presence of laws. Absence of a local road-safety authority for effective and immediate implementation of the law, is felt more than ever before. I believe that if there's an institution or an individual leading road-safety as a role, you and I will feel much safer on the road. The bereaved family of Shubham Soti requests Hon Minister for Road Transport and HIghways, Mr Nitin Gadkari, to instruct every state to set up road safety authority. Please sign this petition to show your support. We invite families and friends of thousands of road crash victims to come together to remember their loved ones, and support this appeal to the Minister on 20 Nov 2016 - the World Day of Remembrance 2016. Ashutosh Soti Founder & President Shubham Soti Foundation
Petition to Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Tony Lake
Commit To End Female Genital Mutilation in Asia
We were subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) when we were 7. The practice involves the cutting of the clitoral hood of a girl child, sometimes in a very crude manner. We belong to the Bohra Community in India. There are almost 2 million Bohras in the world with a majority of them in India. More than 80% of the women in our community have been cut. For the longest time, Bohra women were too scared to speak out against FGM. We feared ostracization by our religious leaders and even our own families turning against us. But, we are silent no more. Several survivors have come together to end FGM in India under the banner “Speak out on FGM”. FGM is practiced widely in Asia, but in a shroud of secrecy. In Indonesia alone, half of girls under the age of 11 have gone through FGM. FGM has also been reported in Thailand, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. FGM is child abuse. It has no health benefits, it can cause medical complications and emotional trauma. It is done to control women, their chastity and their sexual desires. All our appeals to the Bohra religious leaders to end FGM in the community have been ignored so far. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), is the leading international agency that has been actively supporting efforts to eradicate FGM in African countries. But Asian countries have largely been ignored. If we don’t get the United Nation’s support soon, a whole generation of girls in Asia will continue to be subjected to this horrible human rights violation. This is our appeal to show them that FGM is a problem in Asia and that their support is urgently needed here. The UN’s support on research, awareness programs and advocacy can go a long way in the FGM survivors’ fight in ending this horrendous practice in Asia. But we can’t do this alone. We need the support of the global community. If thousands of people from around the world sign my petition, we can ensure that the UN will make a commitment to end FGM in Asia. FGM is one of the most discriminatory practices that young girls are subjected to. This is the time to come together and raise our voices to end FGM. The UNFPA is having it’s annual meeting in May, help us reach 500,000 signatures before this meeting. If all of us come together, we’ll make sure that the UN doesn’t ignore our demand. Join us in our fight to end this horrible practice in Asia. Sign this petition. Video Credit: Scroll.in
Petition to Khan Adnan, Ahmer Bilal Soofi
Make Kathore a protected sanctuary
Kathore is a hidden gem for native and migratory wildlife just a few minutes drive outside of one of the biggest and busiest cities on Earth, Karachi, Pakistan.Encroachment from neighbouring housing projects and unmonitored hunting could mean not just the loss of the wildlife that calls Kathore home but also the people that have relied on its lands for numerous decades. It is for this reason that Kathore desperately needs to be made a protected sanctuary where hunting and fishing should not be allowed as it is home to not just native Pakistani species but foreign migratory populations too. If protected Kathore could become the first ever dedicated ec-tourist spot in Pakistan which could be turned into a self-sustainable national heritage with rest houses for guests and guided tours for all visitors among other services. Sindh would benefit because of increased investment due to tourist activities in the area, the people of Kathore and neighbouring areas would benefit because there would be an increase in jobs to provide for the tourists to this area (safaris, camera rentals, restaurants, rest houses, guides, security, park rangers etc.) and they would also get electricity and shipments of much needed goods from the main cities surrounding it which they currently do not. The wildlife of course would thrive and the world could see increased populations of even endangered species like the Egyptian vulture (which also reside in Kathore) in as little as five years!This can be made a reality just by your signature!
Petition to General VK Singh, Maneka Gandhi
Passport for my daughter with mother´s name
I am a single parent. My Husband abandoned my daughter and me when she was born just because she was a girl. He never looked back and doesn’t even care whether we’re dead or alive. Recently, I applied for the passport of my daughter. My daughter doesn’t want her father’s name on the document. Our application was denied and we were told that both names are required. My daughter did her schooling with my name only. Her voter ID card, Aadhar card and bank account have my name. Why was only the passport denied? My daughter and I were forced to go through mental agony and torture. We tried to convince the passport officer, wrote letters, met senior officers but our request was denied. In the end we were forced to include his name. Every time my daughter looks at her Passport, she sees the name of a person who hurt her, who abandoned her. Single fathers and mothers face several hardships. Often there is a traumatic story behind the reason we are single. We have to work extra-hard to support our children and be there for them. The judiciary has given progressive judgments that say that the Father’s name is not required. My humble request is for the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Home Affairs to look into this matter and help single parents - fathers and mothers, so that they don’t have to go through this agony.
Petition to Ministry of Finance
Problem in connecting aadhar card with Pan card in Tamilnadu
In Tamilnadu the names as enrolled in Education certificates, Voter card, Ration card, Bank accounts, Driving licence. Aadhar card ete etc are with Initial with name. i.e K.Kamaraj. M.Karunanidhi. J.Jayalalitha like wise. Wherein is Pan card and in passport the Initial is expanded and the name is written as Muthuval Karunanidhi, for M.Karunanidhi. Every Document has The name of the individual with his father or Husband name ( based on which the initial is written) . This is the Practice followed in Tamilnadu. When we want to add our Aadhar card with Pan card . It is not accepting to add the aadhar card. But while we get Passport there is no such problem. There Our Aadhar cards are accepted. Income tax department asks us to Change our name in aadhar card without understanding the seriousness of the issue as how it will affect other accounts. Hence I request our friends and well wishers to consider this noble request on behalf of people of Tamil nadu. and support us to enroll our aadhar card with Pan Card as followed by Pass port authorities. Our humble request to Honorable Minister of Finance and Chief Commissioner of Income Tax of Tamil nadu to consider our request sympathetically and permit as to enroll our Aadhar card issued in Tamilnadu with Pan card .
Petition to Drop4Drop , WaterOrg , wateraid , Harry Styles
Provide Thar Desert with Wells and Water Resources to Overcome Water Crisis
Deaths of nearly 200 people, most of them children and women, in Thar desert of Pakistan in last four months show that the underdeveloped region is once again in the grip of a humanitarian crisis. The largest desert of Pakistan is located in the south-east. Its population is nearly 1.2 million, with the lowest Human Development Index in Sindh province. It has been going through harsh drought conditions in the recent years. Consistent droughts have hit a severe blow to both the agriculture and livestock, resulting in famine. Majority of people rely on rain-fed agriculture and livestock for their livelihoods. This has lead to seasonal mass migration of local residents to other parts of Sindh where they are forced to work in inhuman conditions and are poorly paid. Thar faces scarcity of water in underground wells and natural reservoirs in the wake of below average rainfall. Women who usually are responsible for fetching drinking water have to travel 3-4 kilometers to get it from underground wells. The water is saline and is contaminated with excessive fluoride which causes dental and skeletal diseases. Severe water shortage has resulted in deaths of thousands of animals and birds as well, possibly leading them to extinction. The water shortage is a severe problem and that's why we need a well closer to the people, which can work as a temporary for them. It may not be the best, but it will be very helpful. I'm not someone who lives in Thar, but it's crucial conditions can catch anyone's attention and thus I want to make a difference. I'm not capable of much but a petition will help, for sure. Thar needs the well.
Petition to Sushma Swaraj, Sushma Swaraj, Boris Johnson, Mohammad Javad Zarif
Stop this inhumane treatment of Foreign Aid Worker Narges K Ashtari
Honorable Sushma Swaraj, Boris Johnson and Mohammad Javad Zarif, In 2011, as a 23 year old British/Iranian woman, I left my life in the West to serve the most vulnerable children of India. Having lost both of my parents at a young age, I now devote my life to other orphans and abandoned children in the hope that I can be their family and help give them the chance to have a beautiful future. I decided to make Odisha my home and built two children's homes in Rayagada district. These homes, built from the ground up through the generosity of foreign donors, continue to house orphan/abandoned and visually impaired children. Though I am extremely grateful for what has been accomplished these past years in Odisha I have also gone through the most horrific forms of abuse by a group of people with immense power, influence, and protection in Odisha. In 2013, after working two years alongside a local NGO called ASSIST, I found out that this group was cheating me. Hiding behind their charity work, they were extorting money from people, who like me, were completely oblivious to it. The first home I built, they took from me through forged documents and false promises. When they tried to take a second - my home for Visually Impaired children, I fought back. I filed a complaint at the police station in Rayagada and the husband and wife behind ASSIST were sent to jail. Due to international pressure from a petition I circulated in 2013, the couple was denied bail on numerous occasions, but eventually their lawyers persuaded Odisha High Court to grant them bail. From the day they were released from jail, they have made my life a living hell. They returned to Rayagada to the very home they took from me and continued their life without any repercussions. I see them often in Rayagada and not only do they threaten to make my life a misery, but they also threaten the people in Rayagada who help me serve the very children I came here to protect. This group constantly tries to tarnish my reputation by making up horrendous stories about me, they have tried to get me sent to jail and have my Indian visa revoked. They have tried every possible way to silence me. They recruit people from SC and ST castes to make allegations against me and no one is willing to get involved as they do not want to risk losing their jobs. Subsequently, many who have helped me in Rayagada have also been targeted. Two of my staff currently face cases against them. This is an outright breech of our rights and we desire justice. Currently, the most venomous of their lies is a manslaughter charge. This is based on an incident that happened on November 3rd of 2014. A couple who worked at my Visually Impaired home accompanied me and my children for a picnic. This couple brought along with them their own two sons and one of them, his older son, went missing. On the same day the parents filed a Missing Person Report. 33 days after the incident, on December 6th 2014, the parents were approached by ASSIST and in their vulnerable state were coerced into accusing me of throwing their child in a nearby river and murdering him. In the hope that they would receive a hefty compensation from me, they changed their story. An FIR was lodged against me and I was accused of section 304 of the Indian Penal Code. Weeks passed and once again they changed their story. They then claimed that because I had chosen a 'dangerous area to have a picnic' the 'drowning of their son in the nearby river' was my fault and therefore I should be charged with manslaughter due to negligence. Section 304(a) of the Indian Penal Code How can they possibly say that I have murdered their son when there has been no body found? How can they possibly say that i was Negligent when this child was not a part of my Foundation and therefore not my responsibility. The parents were parents and should have been responsible for the welfare of their own son! I believed the police, I believed this would all go away, but it hasn't. Even the police eventually capitulated, they said they were being pressured by Tribal Rights groups because the missing child's parents were tribals. I was counseled to negotiate out of court with the parents and was also repeatedly harassed by the police to pay bribes. I was told if I paid the bribe they were asking of me, it would be as if this never happened. I refused because I was innocent, I refused because I wanted to do the right thing, and now, still 2 years on, I pay the consequences for my integrity. ASSIST is constantly preying on people from the poorest communities, many with financial problems, and convincing them to target me for money. They provide them with top lawyers and guide them on how to approach government officials. Most, if not all of these poor people are illiterate and easily manipulated and I do not personally blame them. It is a calculated attack on me and although the evidence is clear, it does not seem those in charge of this District are willing to do anything to stop it. I am constantly told to keep quiet and assured nothing will happen but how can I keep quiet when I am facing a manslaughter charge? How can I keep quiet when everyday my children and I are harassed? How can I keep quiet when my Indian visa has only now, after a year of pressure, been renewed? I couldn’t leave the country for over a year and was already made to feel like I was living in prison. I feel like I have been in prison for years and there is absolutely nothing I can do. Children whom I lived with for years, were no longer allowed to see me, the very home I built for children, I couldn’t visit anymore. What is happening here in this district is an utter miscarriage of justice. Time and time again I have had to sit through various independent ‘hearings’ by various organisations. Time and time again I have been made to feel like a murderer while those people, have walked free and still till this day live their life with absolutely no consequences. In 2014, after so many years of persistence, I established my own NGO Prishan Foundation in the hopes that I could continue my work in peace, but this has still not happened. I ask you, as a foreign woman, why would I leave the West to come to live in one of the poorest states in India if my intentions were anything other than to help children? I beg you to consider why I would continue to stay here even after I was cheated if my intentions were anything other than to help children? Out of all of the places I could live in comfort, I chose to live in Rayagada with the children I love. I Chose to live, by myself, in poverty, with these precious children who have had all of my heart, soul and body for the past 6 years. I have been violated not only emotionally but physically, in the worst forms imaginable. And so now I wait. In a living hell of fear and corruption I wait. Because of the accusations against me my movements in India are monitored and even though I have now been granted an ‘X’ Visa, I have been told that leaving the country is not as easy as it should be as I am currently on bail. Without no motive, reason or evidence, I am deemed guilty. I have had to face this all purely and clearly out of revenge but since when does speaking the truth allow a district to allow this to happen to a person? Daily I wait for someone, anyone, to step forward and champion the cause of truth and justice. Two years on and I still do not have a single person in Government willing to hear my story. So now, I appeal to you, for justice. For me yes, and for all Aid Workers around the world, and for all the children in need of their love and support. Show them that justice prevails. Show them good wins and that evil is punished and that the weak need not fear the powerful. Please show them that the rule of law protects the innocent!
Petition to Mr Narendra Modi, Mr Jagat Prakash Nadda, Mr Prakash Javadekar
Banning Loudspeakers for the Collective Good of the Community
Students are perturbed by the high volumes of loudspeakers put up in localities. It makes them lose focus during the precious preparatory days for examinations. The Cabinet Ministry has to offer a solution to this or else the whole future of the country is on the line. Everyone must've experienced the agony students feel when disturbed at the times of studies. It could be you, your child, a younger sibling or even a neighbour! The unhealthy and sick, too, aren't entitled to calmness and quiet. The rambling noise itself is a portrayal of hard, unmanly souls. The laws enacted for the silent zones around schools and hospitals have not been properly implemented. We want no Noise pollution; we also don't want students and patients to suffer! Think for the community and not about self interests. You sure want to live in a calmer, quieter and not-so-loud environment. Wake up, India!