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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  

Apne Aap Women Worldwide
3,369 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

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, Research Article by Sujata Dalvi,

Sudhir P
583 supporters