Petition to National Commission for Women, Shivraj Singh Chauhan, lavlin kakkar, Swati Meena, Madhya Pradesh State Commission for Women
Launch "Kanoon Sakhi Hotline" One-stop legal information portal for women
Launch a “Kanoon Sakhi Hotline” one-stop legal information centre for women in India. "There is a gap in women’s knowledge about their rights before they can take legal action which is executed by popular helplines. 700 million Indian women will benefit from a hotline number that can help them know their legal- constitutional & civil rights". "About 6 years ago, on my way back home, on a winter evening around 9 PM, I saw three police personnel who had surrounded a car. The vehicle only had one woman with her child. I figured they had stopped her to see the license. I stopped nearby to overhear the matter. They asked her to step out, and she did. They further said, “madam, licence turant nahi dikhane par thane jana pad sakta hai abhi aapko” (madam, in absence of license you can be taken to the police station right now). She looked hassled, with her child crying in the car and unable to find her license. She did not seem to know that she could not be stopped like that by 3 male police officers. I was even confused. Back then, I had only "heard" about this law that women cannot be arrested after 6 PM. But I did not know any specifics. According to which law, and how can women assert their right not to be arrested after sunset? I also only "felt" but was not sure if the police personnel were right in asking her to come to the police station to get a challan? Is that even right? I felt helpless. I decided I will self-educate myself on the law. One does not have to be a lawyer, to be able to get access to the "right to know the law". Currently, my house help, who is in a domestic feud with her husband and his family, was pushed out by her in-laws as they are denying her the "right to stay with them". They are not letting her stay with them in the absence of her husband as he migrates for work to different nearby areas. “Tum yahan nahi reh sakti agar tumhara pati yahan nahi rehta aur wo sath nahi le jata hai toh apna alag se intezam kar lo”. She is wondering how she can demand a right to stay? Domestic violence cases are inextricably linked to property rights, but most of us are not aware of these basics. She is being helped by my lawyer sister on a pro-bono basis to navigate the situation with a better understanding of her rights. The court ruled that the aggrieved woman can claim the right of residence in any house that she had lived in with her husband or live-in partner even if that house belonged to the parents-in-law. Most of us, women, don’t have on-the-call access to pro-bono lawyers, and there is an informal system in place of referrals, which might not be dependable in every case. We need a government-supported system. There is NO SINGLE INFORMATION Portal (Toll-free-number) run by governments that covers all the rights a woman should know. Information is widely scattered making it inaccessible. This pandemic has exposed the faultlines in our society and women have been disproportionately affected. From domestic violence to losing work women are disenfranchised due to a lack of knowledge about our civil and constitutional rights. This disables women from receiving the benefits of democracy as its full citizens. It is the responsibility of the government to ensure equal rights to access legal services. Most states already have women helplines in place, which is a complaint portal and demands action from the complainant followed by police intervention. However, there is a gap in women’s knowledge about their rights before they can take legal action. To bridge this gap there is a requirement to cover a broader spectrum of knowledge of the law and legal rights women are entitled to access. The good news is that the National Commission of Women is mandated to conduct legal awareness programs. However, as only a few participants benefit from the 2-day programs/camps (in 2015-16 about 8000 women attended it as per NCW), the awareness does not reach the women at large. Nor is it accessible on a day-to-day basis. In India, approximately 59% of women have access to mobile phones- which makes about 400+ million women who can count on this service. I have started this petition to urge the NCW to launch a National level "Kanoon Sakhi hotline", starting with my state of Madhya Pradesh. I envision this hotline as a legal service information portal that can serve as a One-Stop-Centre (OSC) that can help women gather information about their legal- civil & constitutional rights. In addition, urging NCW to direct all states to utilize the Nirbhaya funds to start a legal-aid-hotline focusing on the state-specific schemes/laws for women. As we know, the Nirbhaya Fund is lying largely unspent in several states. In my state, Madhya Pradesh, 60% of this fund is underutilised in 2020 and can be redirected for this hotline, as it stands to benefit a large number of women across states. The infrastructure for running a toll-free number is already available as women helplines exist. Those need to now be equipped with “Kanoon Sakhi” services. The hotline to cover the following: 1.Hotline to cover knowledge on basic rights about the following- Sexual Harassment at the workplace, Police related laws, Violence at home, Child-related rights (adoption, abortion, etc.), Marriage and Divorce, pension schemes for women, Property rights, Cyber-security/bullying, rights pertaining to LGBTQIA community, COVID-19 schemes for women, and any other women-related schemes at national and state level. 2. To be operated by employing paralegal and legal staff, available between 10 AM- 11.59 PM, all days of the week. Make sure the staff is trained with protocols for trauma-informed communications. 3. To only be an information portal and "not" actively "act or intervene" on legal matters. Although, a directory of resources can be maintained by the hotline and information seekers can be guided towards it as a part of the next steps. 4. Make sure it could be reached using telecommunication means or medium like cell phones, landline, private-public network, GSM. CDMA, 3-G, 4-G. 5.. Hotline launch to be followed by a campaign to popularize the hotline number amongst women in India. Women are demanding a fairer post-pandemic world, and the first step to justice is knowledge and access to our rights. Join my campaign if you too believe that knowledge is power. Sign and Share this petition. #mykanoonsakhi
Petition to People of Pakistan, Supreme Court of Pakistan, International Human Rights Community, President of the United States, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Prime Minister Imran Khan
Justice for Noor Mukadam
We the friends, family of Noor Mukaddam and concerned citizens of Pakistan, demand justice for the brutal murder of our Noor at the hands of Zahir Jaffer son of business tycoon Zakir Jaffer of Ahmed Jaffer and Company and therapist Asmat Adamjee. Noor Mukadam, the daughter of Shaukat Mukaddam, ex Ambasssador to South Korea, was murdered at Zahir Jaffer’s residence in Islamabad’s upscale Sector F-7/4 on Tuesday 20 July, 2021. Noor and Zahir were childhood friends, and Zahir upon expressing his romantic interest and having been rejected by Noor, exacted his revenge. He called Noor on the pretext of speaking to her one last time before he moved to the US, and Noor ever trusting and kind, obliged to meet on the afternoon of Chaand Raat. At that point, Zahir took her in and held her hostage at gun point, and brutally murdered and decapitated her. Reports indicate another person was also critically injured when trying to restrain Zahir Jaffer. The Police confirmed that Zahir Jaffer showed no remorse and was fully in his senses at the time. Zahir Jaffer has a history of violent abuse, and as per reports he was deported from the UK for rape. Rather than keeping him away his family put him at the helm of his company business, the Ahmed Jaffer and Company, as its Chief Brand Strategist. He also was licensed as a therapist, by Therapyworks who didn’t vet him, and paved the way for him offering counselling sessions at school. Zahir Jaffer’s family and his economic privilege hid the dangerous criminal it had been harboring. Zahir Jaffer was abusive towards Noor, towards women, and is an abusive and violent human being. He was able to operate freely because of his family’s wealth and influence. He committed this crime because he felt that he could evade the law. Noor was an artist, she was pursuing a degree in International Relations. She had recently been commissioned her first paid mural, which she will never get the chance to finish. She was adored by her friends and family. She was a ray of light, and her loss has left the world a darker place. She strove for women’s right and championed them. She loved animals, and would took care of them. She was the kindest, and gentlest among us, and that was exploited by her murderer Zahir Jaffer. We demand that the Supreme Court of Pakistan, International Human Rights Comission and Prime Minister Imran Khan bring justice for Noor Mukaddam. We urge: * Put Zahir Jaffer and Family on the Exit Control List.* Hold Zahir family accountable for knowing all facts and enabling Zahir Jaffer* To provide swift justice to Noor Mukaddam and punish Zahir Jaffer, to make an example out of him* To provide justice to Saima Raza and QuaratulAin Umar, and any victims of the rampant femicide in Pakistan* We urge the US government to not harbour Zahir Jaffer and not let him set foot on US territory For long the elite in Pakistan have abused their power to commit horrific crimes and escape punishment. We hope that Zahir Jaffer’s punishment at the hands of law has the potential to turn the tide of judicial evasionand hold perpetrators of violence responsible. We demand justice. We demand it swiftly. We demand it for Noor. We demand it for all women. We couldn’t save her while she lived, but your contribution will help make sure that we can at least take this to its rightful end. https://gofund.me/7e8a83ad
Petition to Ministry of Women and Child Development, Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Mamata Banerjee, Dev Adhikari, Mimi Chakraborty, Mahua Maitra, KANGANA RANAUT, Ministry of Law & Justice, Smriti Irani
Justice for Saswati Jana
Saswati Jana, was an innocent girl who was sexually assaulted and brutally murdered by a group of labourers; two men and their accomplice, a woman. Saswati was only 20 years old and a 2nd-year college student from Jamna (Medinipur, West Bengal). She went through an unspeakable nightmare and lost her life in the hands of three depraved brutal individuals in her own home. The three workers carried out this horrible crime inside an abandoned part of the house. The culprits raped her, suffocated her, and dumped her bloodied body on the floor. The culprits had scratches on them from where Saswati had tried to fight back. Saswati's family is in so much pain and extremely devastated after losing their beloved daughter. Now no one is speaking a word or raising their voice against this. Being a silent spectator won't help her get justice. Her family wants the people involved to be tried in court and brought to justice as soon as possible. This is where they need your help in the matter. So let's do our part and raise our voice. I urge you to sign this petition and share it as much as possible so that her voice and story are heard. Justice needs to be served and the perpetrators who ended Saswati's life in this brutal manner should receive the harshest punishment. That should also act as a deterrent to future crimes against women. If we don't raise our voice these culprits and others will not stop and will further continue to commit such heinous crimes. We need to ensure the safety of ALL women; our Mothers, Daughters, and loved ones. This should not be violated. #JusticeForSaswati #JusticeForSaswatiJana
Petition to Amanpreet Singh Bajaj General Manager Airbnb India
Airbnb provide free emergency housing for survivors of domestic violence
The pandemic and related lockdown has brought renewed focus to the sexual and gender based violence many of us face in our own homes. The pandemic has reduced or in some cases rendered the formal and informal justice and support systems that were in place for DV survivors, non-functional. This is apart from the fact that 86% of women who face domestic violence in India do not seek help. During COVID-19, not only was access to legal support missing for survivors, there was limited access to emergency housing and shelter services. While Domestic Violence (DV) is not unique to the pandemic, there is increasing evidence and consensus that the lockdown ordered to deal with the pandemic has aggravated cases of DV in India. One Future Collective runs a FemJustice Helpline that provides legal, mental health and social support to survivors of sexual and gender based violence. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we got 3x the calls we would get earlier. More and more people that called us needed interim housing or shelter before they could seek support from a friend or family member. The National Commission for Women also stated that the number of domestic violence survivors seeking help increased 2x during the pandemic. The needs are immediate and building new infrastructure will take time. The time that this will take will be detrimental to the health and safety of women and queer folks forced to live in abusive households. We need every stakeholder to step up and take action to enhance the safety and wellbeing of survivors of domestic violence, including women and LGBTQIA+ folks. Airbnb has provided similar support in the USA (Chicago) and Ireland and is attempting to do this in Mexico. Airbnb has not only understood the severity of the issue but it already has the expertise to provide such support to survivors. Airbnb’s unique model gives it a presence in neighbourhoods across India. It is in light of this information that we’re making these demands of Airbnb: 1. Provide free emergency housing for survivors of domestic violence;2. Develop a platform or system through which survivors can access such housing easily and without the prerequisite of an FIR or police complaint; and3. Train your stay partners on protocol for trauma informed communication and support for survivors that may access such housing. Best,Vandita Morarka, for myself and on behalf of One Future Collective
Petition to Rahul Kumar ( DM Purnea ) - @rahulias6, Daya Shankar ( SP Purnea ), Shri Kishore Prasad ( District Judge Purnea )
"What should a girl do when the wrong doers are her own parents!"
My friend Deepshikha is going through a situation which we can't even imagine. She has been put through a lot not by anybody else but her own PARENTS. Please Help me sign the petition to help her come out of it.She is 21 years old now and has been in house arrest since the past 3 years by her parents. She was living a normal life until her parents found out about her boyfriend three years back and tortured her to quit all social life, her academics, her friends and what not. Since then, she is under House Arrest.She has been harassed mentally, physically, verbally. And not just her but her parents have tortured her friends as well to break all their ties with her. She was told that they would marry her to a rickshaw puller if she ever goes against their will, she was given pills to keep her asleep all the time and was only allowed to talk to relatives. And these stories go on and on. I request to all those who are reading this to share this as much as possible and help her get free from that jail. I also request you all to kindly share this to any government official you are in contact with, so that they can take strict actions against her parents. It is already very late, we just can not afford to loose any more time. "PLEASE HELP. SHE NEEDS US!" Please tag @rahulias6 ( DM Purnea ) On twitter And Trend this on 2nd Of October
Petition to Women's Rights Activists
Let's change the narrative of 'Men will be Men'
'Men will be men'— a phrase people often use to ignore men's sexist and misogynistic behaviours, be it in our daily lives, on social media platforms or in brand advertisements. If a woman gets harassed, blatantly objectified, sexualized or beaten by a man, 'men will be men' is used to neglect his mistakes and blame the victim. A lot of women are victim-blamed because they fall prey to the lustful eyes of men, when the fault is of the perpetrator. Imperial Blue has come out with another ad where it says ‘Men Will Be Men’. But here's a thought we women often have, do the men really agree? Seagram’s Imperial Blue, a brand that is known for its 2-liner ghazal and tagline ‘Men Will Be Men,’ has been loved over the years by both men and women. However, a closer look at the ads, and the message it is trying to convey, comes across as problematic at various levels. The ads stereotype men, portraying them as people who don't bat an eyelid while objectifying women. These ads also portray men as always wanting to have physical relations with a woman, and that men help women only when they're expecting sexual favours from them. These ads also show that staring at a woman is perfectly fine and that women like being stared at, which is completely wrong. This constant sexualization and objectification of women is not even closer to establishing gender equality in the society, rather it promotes how normal it is to stare at women and sexualize them. Over the years, this series has portrayed women as objects of desire and dehumanized men to an extent that they think it is okay for men to be greedy, possessive, full of lust and materialistic. Never have we seen a real human emotion in their protagonists. They never seem to care about others in these ads or even for their own family at times. Today, when there is a worldwide conversation on how men should be held accountable for exactly this kind of problematic behaviour, Imperial Blue continues to normalise it and be the face of it. Surpisingly, people praise such ads blindly. This needs to stop. Taking its legacy forward, Imperial Blue has launched an advertisement titled ‘Crossing’ featuring Karan Wahi. He spots a conventionally pretty woman walking towards him and helps an old lady cross the street so that he can evoke some empathy and catch the woman’s attention. He then sees another woman behind him and takes the old lady in the opposite direction with him, which implies that men will do anything to grab women's attention -- even make an old woman walk twice and toil for him. Women are tired of this narrative and suffer daily because of it. Please sign this petition and take a step to end this narrative and make people aware that men must be held accountable for their actions.
Petition to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (India), Ministry of Rural development (India)
Rehabilitating Period huts until they abolish Menstruation Exile
A ‘period hut' is a secluded place that isolates those who are menstruating due to rigid beliefs and menstrual taboos. “During ‘that’ time of the month when they got their period, they were sent away. A bleak and brittle hut. Water leaked through the roof, not strong enough to shelter them. All cooped up in the unhygienic jail. Lack of clean water and clothes, not enough food. Only societal dread and shame.” Lack of hygiene awareness and safe, clean conditions cause people who are menstruating to be vulnerable to pneumonia, diarrhoea, respiratory diseases and more; according to the United Nations bulletin. A study led by researchers from Nepal and the U.S. discovered that women despite encountering health issues are supposed to continue with their exile until their cycle is over, before seeking any medical care. This not only degrades them but takes a huge psychological toll on them; they feel abandoned and impure. Most huts don’t even have a door and they are subject to physical assault and snakebites. They don’t have the amenities or the will to speak up because they live in constant fear of being ostracized and removed from their society. “We visited 223 gaokors in tribal areas and nearly 98% lack even a proper bed, leave alone electricity and other basic amenities. Most of the gaokors have temporary bathrooms made with bamboo,” says Dr Dilip Barsagade, the founder of the local NGO Society of People’s Action in Rural Services and Health (Sparsh), which recently brought the practice to the attention of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). “It’s all part of the suffering and humiliation women have to endure because of harsh traditions,” said Pashupati Kunwar, who runs a small aid group to help women. “Domestic violence is still bad. Child marriage is still high. We are trying to convince people that times are changing, but superstition is still strong.” According to a report published by WaterAid, illnesses related to a lack of water, basic sanitation and hygiene were responsible for the deaths of almost 800,000 women around the world in a single year making it the fifth-largest killer of women. The only way to go is to banish these huts completely, contrary to beliefs of those who condone this. Spreading awareness and educating against these beliefs is an arduous but necessary effort. It’s high time we take a stand because every time we step forward to attain equity we are pulled back by these evils. This is a huge setback and it is time we reform. Spreading awareness is the practical way to go, this requires changing something a group of people have believed and followed for a long time. Despite this being an onerous task, of which the fruit may only be received over a long period of time- what can we do now? How can we save these women now? While simultaneously working towards eliminating this practice. A Mumbai based non-profit organization came up with a controversial yet effective solution. A lot of people think this solution condones menstrual huts but this method has enabled the organization to save those cooped up in these huts without contradicting the traditional beliefs of the people. The group has built 10 ‘modern’ menstrual huts in Maharashtra which provides the residents with proper amenities and safe sanitary measures. Discarding this practice is necessary but providing them with healthy amenities and immediate safety should be our first priority. While we work towards changing mindsets and a positive community, let's take immediate action and work towards creating better conditions for those who experience these hardships. Help create a safer environment and spread awareness. The Indian government should lawfully implement the abolition of this practice but until then it is our duty to work towards helping and saving these people.
Petition to Department of Justice
Justice for womans and equality in india
I found many womans at houses which are doing only household works. as you know womans don't get equal rights in many casts and womans are not allowed to work for their own as from 1947 there is bit increasing for rights of woman but today also in some houses there are people who have a nuisance thinking that woman can't do anything they are bad luck for them this type of thinking is there in our country and this discrimination starts when they are born as boys are given cars to play and girls are given dolls.. why this discrimination all of about society. But in other countries their is full freedom to womans they are free to do what they want. As you know today in some fields worman are doing better work than men's. woman can do everything think about the great womans like raziya sultan how she was killed by her nobles (chalgana) and Jhansi ki rani how she managed to fight with many of British for our freedom with her baby but was killed. So I have only to say this only plz forward this as much you can and also donate for the womans and girls which are not getting their equal right......