Petition to Arvind Kejriwal, Anil Baijal, Rajnath Singh
Allow women to file sexual harassment and assault FIR's online
It is deeply saddening to see the deteriorating conditions for women, who are constantly harassed in various ways in this state of ours.Sexual harassment is allegedly the 2nd highest crime in Delhi, with 1 crime in every 11 being of the sexual harassment nature. However, it is still the least reported one, suggested by a study by the Commonwealth human rights initiative. The fact of the matter is, the police station is the epitome of Delhi's safety for women. It loudly and clearly shows why over half of the sexual harassment offences are not reported. Already having gone through such trauma, the police officers make women filing the case uncomfortable and even unsafe due to the insensitive officers who sometimes manhandle them. It is clear, that, due to these reasons, women are often unmotivated to go ahead with filing cases against these wilful defaulters of and the enemies of law and order. Because of this, I feel that the official Dehli police website should also allow women to file First Information Reports in cases of Sexual Harassment to encourage them to file a report when harassed as other states have also allowed the same such as Jharkhand where women feel safe enough to file cases against even big names(FIR filed against the son of BJP president Tala Marandi) as they feel justice should prevail.
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 Chief Minister of Karnataka, chief minister of uttar pradesh
Restore pride n dignity of our well-performing women officers D Roopa and Shrestha Thakur
Two different women IPS officers, Two different governments. Same humiliating treatment!What was their crime? Performing their duty without compromise! Shrestha Thakur, DSP in Uttar Pradesh took on local BJP leaders for violating traffic rules. As a punishment, she was shunted to Bahraich near Nepal border by the BJP government in the state. D Roopa, DIG(Prisons) in Karnataka took on her senior while exposing alleged irregularities in the Central Prison at Parappana Agrahara regarding the VVIP treatment for Sasikala. As a punishment she has been transferred to commissioner of road safety and traffic by the Congress government in the state. Instead of rewarding for doing their job with a sense of duty and honesty, these highly accomplished women of integrity have been mis-treated and humiliated by the politicians from the BJP in one case, and the Congress in the other case. Enough is enough! We have the problem of not having enough women aspiring to take up challenging roles in the civil services and police services. And when they take up the challenge and perform their duty, our politicians mistreat and humiliate them like this? We appeal to the authorities in Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka to reinstate these women officers in their previous roles and restore their pride and dignity.
Petition to Narendra Modi, J P Nadda, Alok Kumar, Amitabh Kant, Maneka Gandhi
Save female lives... provide FREE vaccines for cervical cancer
How lethal is cervical cancer? Cervical cancer is the leading cancer in Indian women and the second most common cancer in women worldwide. Its the second most common cancer in India, after breast cancer. In India, 132,000 new cervical cancer cases and 74,000 deaths occur each year, with Indian women facing a 2.5% cumulative lifetime risk and 1.4% cumulative death risk from cervical cancer. Unlike many other cancers, cervical cancer occurs early and strikes at the productive period of a woman's life. The incidence rises in 30–34 years of age and peaks at 55–65 years, with a median age of 38 years (age 21–67 years) Do we have a preventive effective vaccine? YES Prevention by vaccination is emerging as the most effective option and two vaccines are already available. Two vaccines licensed globally are available in India; (Gardasil marketed by Merck) and (Cervarix marketed by Glaxo Smith Kline). The World Health Organization recommends the vaccine for all girls between 9 and 13 years, because the vaccine is highly immunogenic at this age. The HPV vaccine isn't intended to replace Screening Pap smear tests. Screening is “secondary prevention.” In India, vast majority of women remain unscreened and present with invasive cancer at a very late stage. Although individual screening may involve low cost in short term, a mass screening program may cost substantially. HPV vaccine is considered to be “Primary Prevention,” thereby reducing likelihood of persistent HPV infection to cancer. The economic and social cost of cervical cancer far exceeds that of vaccination. In countries like US and Australia, this vaccine has been mandatory, which shows its importance. For every 280 girls immunised, one case of cervical cancer can be saved ! What's the hurdle? The primary obstacle to HPV vaccination is financial (currently costs whopping ~ Rs 8000-12000 for full course so only who can afford can take it) . Because of the high cost of the present vaccines, affordability and accessibility of these vaccines is a major concern for a mass vaccination program in developing countries like India. Secondary issues relate to lack of awareness about the issue, not many are even aware of the availability of these vaccines. Thirdly, bureaucratic committees studying/analysing about the pros and cons about these vaccines is delaying the decision to roll out the vaccine as part of the universal immunization plan. As have been proven since 2006, the HPV Vaccine is safe and does not cause side effects as more than 200 million vaccinations have been administered in over 80 countries to date. What can the Government of India do? Rollout a mandatory mass cancer-cervix prevention program through introduction of HPV vaccines to girls age 9-13 and purchase the vaccine in bulk for substantially lowering the costs. Also Indian manufacturers be encouraged/incentivised to manufacture HPV vaccine locally. Create awareness programs thru public heath centres, social media and schools. Let's join hand to save lives! sources of information: Research Article by K. Kaarthigeyan, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3385284/ Research Article by Sujata Dalvi, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4199431/ http://hpvawareness.org
Petition to Shri Narendra Modi, Shri Rajnath Singh
Make Women Safe in India
Woman Not Object - Make Women Safe in India - Crime against women has increased over the years with no end in sight. No government has taken any specific steps to make 50% of our population live without fear. This aspect is no less than terrorism based on gender making them and their family live in fear of their safety. Everyday when a woman steps out of the home... she steps out in our country where she is probably eve-teased, sexually harassed or made to feel uncomfortable of her gender or on the worst side rapped, murdered or acid thrown at her. Women are considered an object. It hampers their right to move freely or dress freely as per their wish. No less affected are their family members on their count. Till a woman comes back home safely from her outing... their parents and well wishers live in worry. Its high time that something is done on this subject rather than we continue to ignore it and live like an ostrich with our heads under the sand. By virtue of this petition a request, urge and demand is made from Prime Minister India to consider the following suggestions and take concrete steps towards making 60 Crore women in India feel safe and secure. He should amend the constitution as necessary to this end. It is pertinent to note here that providing safe living to its citizen is the first and foremost duty of any government especially in case of vulnerable population. Suggestions for women's safety and security are as under - 1) Establish Woman only police station in every district of India to be directly under an officer no less than Inspector General rank. She should be a woman. Also the entire police station to be handled by woman officers. 2) All cases of crime against woman in their respective districts to be transfered or registered in the above Woman Police station. 3) Arrest of an accused only after vetting of the FIR by the Inspector General and on her order. This to ensure no harassment is caused because of frivolous or false case. 4) Amend the constitution and establish a Central Bureu of Safety & Security of Woman. 5) All woman police station to report to the above Bureau on all its FIR and investigations. Any woman facing difficulties in getting her FIR registered can approach this Bureu to lodge compaint. 6) Establish a Nation wide call centre having one number across India for women to call and seek help when in distress in real time. The number should be like 100 which we use at present to call police to report a crime. 7) Establish dedicated trial courts to only deal with crime against women for speedy judgement. The judge of this court should be a woman. It must be equipped with video conferencing facility for complainant woman and for the witness of the case. This will ensure hassle free trial encouraging more woman to report crime against them bringing more perpetrators to justice. 8) Media campaign must be run regularly to highlight the functioning of these dedicated police stations and dedicated trial courts to create and environment of fear of law in anti socials or perpetrators of crime against wonen. This will create an environment of sense of security in the mind of women and their parents and their family. The above suggestions in the petition have been drawn expecting much needed and long overdue reform alongside taking every other step in overhauling our system towards making women feel safe and secure. Thanking you
Petition to Ministry of Women and Child and Development, Government of India
Paid Menstrual Leaves
John Guillebaud, professor of reproductive health at University College London, has said that cramping can be as "bad as having a heart attack". And because men don't get it, it hasn't been given the centrality it should have got.According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, over half of menstruating women experience pain for a day or two. A study has shown that nine out of ten women suffered period pain while they were at work, while only 27 per cent could tell their bosses about it. In perhaps the first of its kind, a member of Parliament from Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday has moved a private members’ Bill, the Menstruation Benefit Bill, 2017. The bill by Congress MP Ninong Ering has suggested that women who are working in private or public sectors get two days of paid menstrual leave each month, Business Standard said. I urge all of you to sign this petition in maximum numbers so that the Goverment understands that its high time that every woman employee gets one or two paid leaves per month during periods.
Petition to Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi, Gulam Nabhi Azad, Maneka Gandhi, Dola Sen, P.Sreemathi Teacher, Dimple Yadav, Supriya Phule, Arvind Kejriwal
Make sexual exploitation and prostitution of others an offence in India's Trafficking Law
I couldn’t save ten-year-old Geeta, but I need your help to make sure no one else suffers like she did. Geeta was bought by a trafficker from a Dalit slum in rural Bihar. She was sold to ten men every night. She got jaundice, tuberculosis, AIDS and finally died by the time she was she was twenty-five.Geeta would have lived had she not been trafficked for prostitution. Nobody punished her rapists, nobody punished her pimp, nobody punished her recruiter. They continue to buy and sell more girls.There are 16 million women and girls who are trapped in prostitution in India today. Sign my petition to ensure that the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2017, that is up for voting in Parliament: 1.Include sexual exploitation and prostitution of others as an offence; 2. Remove a clause that punishes girls like Geeta for being forced to solicit in a public place by their pimps and brothel managers; 3. Has punishment for sex-buyers who drive the demand for girls like Geeta; 4. Earmarks budgets for food, clothing, shelter, education and legal protection of the most vulnerable girls at risk to trafficking-Dalits, Adivasis, backward classes,dentofied criminal tribes. If the Bill gets passed without any changes, those who buy, sell and rape girls like Geeta will get away scot free, simply because what happened to Geeta is not defined as a crime. To read the Bill and see our recommendations clause by clause click here