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Petition to Government of Maharashtra, Swadhin Kshatriya

Answer for the death due to sexual assault of 500 Students in Government Schools

1500 tribal children have died in State run Ashram Schools in Maharashtra. Reportedly because of Sexual Assault. 1500 children. Dead. Due to Sexual Abuse. In Government Schools. What a shame. This is not only a horrific violation of Human Rights but also is deeply rooted in the Government's apathetic attitude towards members of the Tribal communities. It is State Sponsored Racism and it NEEDS TO BE STOPPED.  The National Human Rights Commission has asked the Chief Secretary, Mr. Swadhin Kshatriya to answer for the reports. There has been no reply from the Government yet.  THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR WHAT GOES ON IN THE INSTITUTIONS IT RUNS.     From the NHRC website: New Delhi, 24th January, 2017 The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that over 500 Scheduled Tribe girls have died under suspicious circumstances in the State run Ashram Schools of Maharashtra over the past decade. Reportedly, there have been instances of sexual abuse of the girl students by the teachers and staff of these schools. Considering the seriousness of the matter, the Commission has issued a notice to the Chief Secretary, Government of Maharashtra calling for a detailed report in the matter within six weeks. The Commission has observed that the contents of the news report are indicative of violation of right to life and dignity of the girl students studying in these schools and also highlight the negligence and apathy on the part of the authorities. It has also observed that it seems the State Government has not taken any initiative to redress the grievance, which is a serious matter of concern because it has not submitted a report as yet to a notice issued on the 10th October, 2016 on the similar allegations that 740 tribal students had died in ashramshalas in 10 years, despite a reminder on the 26th November, 2016. According to the media report, carried on the 14th January, 2017, a probe has revealed that the authorities keep menstruation records of the girls and conduct urine tests on them to rule out pregnancy, whenever the girls miss their periods or come back from the vacations. The probe report has questioned the rationale behind this unethical practice which is being done on minor girls without consent of their parents. Reportedly, a tribal girl, who returned home for the Diwali vacations, complained of pain in stomach. She was found to be a victim of sexual abuse at school. Another 12 year old girl also reportedly complained of sexual abuse by a sweeper of the same school, situated in Khamgaon taluka of Duldhana district in Maharashtra. The school hostel accommodates 70 girls and does not have a female superintendent. It is further mentioned that there are nearly 1100 State run and aided tribal residential schools in the State of Maharashtra, catering about 1.6 lakh female and 2.3 lakh male students. Over, 1500 students including 700 girls have reportedly lost their lives in these schools in the past 15 years. The sexual abuse is also suspected to be a reason behind these deaths.

Sakshi Shrivastava
67 supporters
This petition won 4 years ago

Petition to Prithviraj Chavan

Chief Minister of Maharashtra : #MakeMumbaiSafe for women

The recent incident of the 23 year old photojournalist who was gangraped at Shakti Mills has brought into focus how women feel unsafe in Mumbai. Many call Mumbai a safe city for women, but the truth is that there are thousands of women who feel unsafe. It is not only a matter of identifying 272 unsafe areas, or of installing lights or increasing the police force or changing the mindset of men. We need an Action Plan which is comprehensive and which brings together all the departments and bodies of the government and citizens groups together. As citizens of Mumbai, we have felt safe in our city as compared to other cities in India. But our experiences say that feeling safe and being safe are different. The HT Akshara’s survey shows that 95 % of 4225 women interviewed experienced sexual harassment. Sixty five percent had experienced physical harassment like touching and groping. Fifty six percent had faced harassment at least 2-5 times in a year. Being safe means not having a fear of assault or harassment, it means not thinking twice before getting out of the house - whether it is daytime or nighttime, not wondering whether to ask a friend to accompany you or think whether to walk down the lonely road or use a taxi. Being safe means that you are not groped in a bus or train. It means that you can walk without hearing whistles or comments on your clothes. It encompasses the freedom to wander or sit by the wayside to have a cup of tea. And when all women, the homeless women on the street and those walking across a dark parking lot to their cars, feel safe, we can say the city is truly safe for all its citizens. If one half of its population is constrained in their mobility then it will reflect on their work, choice of career and incomes. Their families as well as the city are deprived of their full potential. Join us in telling the Chief Minister to come up with an Action Plan for women safety in Mumbai. We want one comprehensive Plan which will cover infrastructure, education, cultural, media interventions as well as police and judicial changes. A plan that will look at prevention and justice. Sign this petition and share it with your friends and family, we will take it to the Chief Minister for discussion and implementation.   Nandita Shah, Co-Director Akshara Centre Nandita Gandhi, Co-Director, Akshara Centre

Akshara Centre
23,867 supporters
This petition won 4 years ago

Petition to Mr. Shrivastav, Ms Harpreet Kaur I.P.S, Nitish Kumar

SP, Begusarai (Bihar): Investigate My Sister's #Dowrydeath and Punish the Culprits

My sister Pushpam was tortured, burnt, beaten and killed in front of her sonbecause we couldn’t pay the dowry that her in-laws demanded. Twelve years ago, Pushpam got married to the Kumar Rai family in Bihar. Soon after her wedding, her husband and in-laws started demanding money as dowry. On 11th May this year, as her five-year-old son watched, they brutally beat and murdered her because they did not get the money that they demanded.  We immediately filed an FIR at the local police station. Shockingly, the police failed to take action and asked us to compromise if we wanted this case to go in our favour. The culprits have not been arrested yet.  My nephew talks about his mother’s death everyday. I want justice for my sister. But as a brother who couldn’t do anything to save his sister, I also want to ensure that no woman ever suffers her plight in my district Begusarai in Bihar.  Thats why I started a petition on telling the Begusarai Superintendent of Police (SP), Ms. Harpreet Kaur to immediately start an investigation into my sister's death so that the guilty can be punished. As the SP, it is Ms. Kaur’s duty to ensure that such acts of violence against women don’t occur in Begusarai district again.  Dowry has been a evil in our country for many years, but I want to end this practice in Begusarai and I can’t do this without your support. Please sign my petition and forward it to your friends and family. We need as much support as we can get to ensure justice for my sister Pushpam and to end the practice of dowry in Begusarai.  Looking forward to your support, Uttam Kumar

Uttam kumar
18,948 supporters