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sexual assault

12 petitions

Started 2 months ago

Petition to Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin

End Female Genital Mutilation in the Bohra Community #EndFGM

Suraiya, now 70, remembers only vaguely what was done to her private parts as a child – she just says it was very painful and traumatic. When asked about FGM, she remembers her mother taking her to a lady who must have been a midwife - that’s all. When asked if this was practice was acceptable or correct, she says that it is a custom and has been mandatorily followed by all Bohras to curb the sexual desires of women. Thankfully, Umi, her daughter was saved from this physical and mental agony. But not all women are so lucky. As a woman and as a conscientious citizen of India, our heart goes out to all our sisters of the Bohra community who have undergone this shameful, brutal and regressive practice, done without proper anaesthesia or medical supervision. The scars of this barbaric practice sometimes lead to lifelong repercussions for women, and they are unable to live and enjoy a normal life. FGM involves the cutting of the genitals (clitoral hood) of a girl child usually below the age of seven. World Health Organisation has declared FGM as a serious human rights violation and an act of child abuse. It has also highlighted the severe and irreparable damage caused by this cutting and the physical, psycho-sexual and emotional scars due to this practice. More recently, during a hearing of the case on FGM in the Supreme Court of India, Honourable Justice Dipak Mishra said that FGM is a violation of the bodily integrity of a woman. Sign our petition to ask His Holy Highness, Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the leader of the Bohra Community on his visit to Indore to liberate the women of the community from the violent practice of FGM.  Although the matter is already in the Apex Court, if the directive to end FGM comes from the spiritual head of the Bohra community, it will be easier to put an end to this violent practice. The Government of India’s WCD Ministry has said that FGM is in clear contravention of our laws, the Indian Penal Code and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO). As concerned citizens of India, we feel, it is a practice that affects all of us. The shame and secrecy that shroud FGM needs to be challenged. No child should have to undergo this pain and trauma – a clear case of child abuse! There is a significant presence of the Bohra Community especially in Indore and other parts of Madhya Pradesh. We, the women of Indore, on behalf of the Bohra women call upon all conscientious citizens, to support our petition to put an end to this primitive painful practice.  Sign this petition to ask Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin to declare an end to FGM! The time is now. Dr Ranjana Sehgal and Ms Umi Saran, Petitioners

Ranjana Sehgal
23,056 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Government of India, Maneka Gandhi, Jaya Bachchan, Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, Hon'ble Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Chief Minister of Karnataka, Shri Siddaramaiah

Empower and Equip our Women and Children

Sexual assault, child abuse, physical abuse, rape and murder have been rising at an alarming rate for over a decade around homes, schools, workplaces and public establishments in India. An episode of sexual violence occurs every 20 minutes in the country and an estimated 70% of women, is subjected to domestic violence at some point in their lives. The Indian government, in April 2018, amended the law addressing these inhuman crimes and has introduced death penalty in its list of punishments. We express our gratitude to the government for this bold move. Innumerable studies on sexual assault against women and children indicate that rape is now resulting in murder. This inevitably throws light on the fact that women who physically ‘fight’ for their survival will most likely be killed by the perpetrator. Over the years in India, the concept of ‘self-defense’ has been misunderstood in a way where it’s constantly stressed on physical action against violence. However, we must also acknowledge the fact that a male perpetrator is, in most cases, physically more capable of harming a female despite her physical training with equal might. It is also proven that women are emotionally stronger in many ways. The need of the hour, hence, is to ‘train’ women and girls to be smarter in a difficult situation, than exhibiting physical strength as their first plan of action. The True meaning of Self-defense’ techniques are followed by - Vocal Defense, Self Awareness, Self Confidence, Mind Defense and finally counter Submission. This may seem like a long process but it’s proven, and has saved millions of lives around the world. ‘Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment’ – Oprah Winfrey The key towards empowering women and children is by enabling them to know how to survive in a difficult situation so they could lead to help save the lives of other women and children, who could be exposed to such heinous crimes, by sharing their stories and teaching them. ‘Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported.’ – Hillary Clinton We appeal to the Government of India: Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi; Hon’ble Minister of HRD, Shri Prakash Javadekar; Hon’ble Union Minister of Women & Child Development, Smt. Maneka Gandhi; and MP of Rajya Sabha for Uttar Pradesh, Smt. Jaya Bachchan to incorporate self-awareness, vocal defense, self-confidence and counter-submission techniques as a mandatory part of every school curriculum and at workplace. We should also include methods to train our men to respect our women at the grassroots level.

Fitness Fight Club
3,604 supporters
Started 6 months ago

Petition to Member of Parliament of India

Change in the Indian Penal Code regarding Sexual Offences

It is quite obvious in the society that some people are too prone to sexual intimacy that they end up having consensual sex or sexual pleasures. But after a certain spat, both of them can separate and one can end up blaming other person for sexual offence. Take an example: Let a boy and a girl be good friends here. The girl considers herself to be frank and the boy a bit shy and introvert. They have developed a sense of mutual understanding for each other over a period of time and share almost every psychological thought they come across. In India, they can be termed as brother and sister. But somehow things diverge between them. In the worst case, she alleges him of attempting to rape her and he can just stand and listen. He just pondered over these points: 1.)She can brush her hands over his hairs and can be termed as a friend but if he runs his hand over her hairs, he is not a friend but a flirt.2.)She can pull his hands in public to buy her things, she is friend. He can't do this or else people will think he is forcing himself on her.3.)If she says “I love you, I want to hug you and kiss you” she considers him as her brother and when he says so sometime later, he is termed as a pervert and not a brother!4.)If she takes him on a lonely road to accompany her, she is a sister. If he asks her to accompany her later anywhere, he is not a brother but has intentions to rape her.5.)If she puts her hand on his waist, she is frank. But if he copies her act, he is attempting to rape her.6.)In order to persuade each other to be together as friends, she can send him 100 messages and have more than 10 missed calls. If he does the same thing, he is molesting her.7.)She can kiss him over an audio call at 2 in the night and shall still be considered as a sister, if she shouts so.Now the point is, all the things were initiated by her and were consensual but if she stands in public and shout these incidents with tears in her eyes, he becomes the culprit because he tried to be frank with her or say tried to become more like her for her. A girl can show her emotions in public and still be safe by saying she is your sister but if a boy does so, he is a molester, not a brother! Understand people, boys too have emotions. I want to ask you, can't a boy be frank to such a frank girl? If she can show her emotions isn't he allowed to show his? Does he becomes a molester even though he hasn't forced himself on anybody physically? Are you god damn serious about the allegations you've put over a person? Not every man is hungry for sex. But this fact is not acceptable to society. They think in their old and traditional way and would continue to do so! We have dowry, harassment, rape laws and many more for a woman but for men we only have a defamation case inscribed in the constitution to fight false cases.1.) I demand for a change in the whole pattern of the penal code of India. Every section of Society is different economically and as you grow up and mature, your standards change according to your economic conditions and your education. Thus for an educated person, the crime committed should be more penalizing than for an uneducated- as he does not understand things. 2.)Things today are not the same as in 1860. The society has shown a lot of extroversion since the arrival of the internet. Thus keeping records and data is a must for anything we do. Monitoring such incidents is a must.3.) I don't say women are wrong but I say a certain section of them put a false case and still they are freely roaming. Strict actions must be taken against them.   Change is desperately needed.

Yash Saxena
122 supporters