women's rights

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Petition to Shri Narendra Modi, Shri Rajnath Singh

Make Women Safe in India

Woman Not Object -  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    

Manish Mishra
16 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Hotel Association of India, Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association o, Ashish Kashyap

Hotels should not be allowed to deny entry based on regressive policies

Being a single woman comes with a very heavy price tag.. that of your safety as I was recently made to realise I am Nupur Saraswat, a 22-year-old spoken word artist and this is my story: On the morning of 24th June 2017 I arrived at a hotel in Hyderabad. I had been traveling from Bangalore by a bus over night, so I was looking to taking some rest in my room before going to my performance venue in the evening. However when I reached the hotel, I could sense the discomfort of the all-male staff on account of my presence. Ignoring these vibes I went ahead and showed my online booking confirmation to the receptionist. I was asked if someone else was joining me later to which I said no. To my horror I was told that it could not be allotted a room since the hotel policy did not allow single women to stay alone in the hotel rooms. I tried to make sense of it all, tried to reason with the receptionist, made some phone calls, tried everything I could but the conclusion was that my booking and the money paid for the room was not to be honored. Thankfully for me it was 11am in the morning and I somehow managed to come out the situation. But I shudder to think what would have happened if it was 11pm in the night and I was a stranger to the city with no friends around to help me out Mine is not an isolated case. No room for single women. No room for unmarried couples. No room for locals. We have heard many such excuses by hotels to deny entry to innocent and helpless people These aren't policies sanctioned by law, instead they come under the misused clause "right to reserve entry into a private property at management's discretion". Today it is me, tomorrow it could be any one of us. These regressive policies affect all of us and have large scale implications. It could mean a domestic violence survivor running away from an abusive home will not be given shelter in a cheap hotel just because she is alone or maybe because she is a local resident. Women’s safety cannot be only about eve teasing, molestation or rape. It is also about making spaces safe and available. It’s time the Hotel Association of India intervenes in the matter and puts an end to this unfair and discriminatory policy Even Hotel aggregators like Goibibo, Makemytrip and OYO through which a majority of hotel bookings are done should take a stand and filter out such hotels Sign my petition  

Nupur Saraswat
54,417 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Ravi Shankar Prasad, Maneka Gandhi

Stop repeat offences by child molesters. Allow adult survivors to report childhood abuse

I was sexually abused by my cousin’s husband when I was a little girl. I would wake up at night to find him sitting next to me in the dark. He would put his hands and mouth on my private parts. I would lie there, terrified and disgusted. I was so ashamed and confused that I told no one about the abuse. It continued till I turned 13. It was only as an adult that I realized what had happened to me. I also realized that I was not alone. Many child molesters are repeat offenders. They continue to abuse young children over decades. This meant that many of my young cousins and nieces were in danger. So I gathered courage and spoke to my family about it. My story was immediately confirmed by another cousin. She too had been abused by the same man. I decided to stop my molester from abusing more children by filing a complaint against him. But Indian law does not allow an adult survivor to file a complaint about childhood abuse. I felt helpless and powerless. I could take no action against my molester, I could not prevent him from committing more abuse. But, I’m not willing to give up. That’s why I started this petition asking the Government of India to allow adult survivors to file complaints about childhood abuse. Sign my petition. It’s unrealistic to expect young children to walk to a police station and file a complaint about abuse. As a child I did not even know what was happening to me. I thought this was my fault, and I didn't even realize that I could go to an adult for help. I could only stay silent. But, I am an adult now, and I should have support to stop my molester from continuing his offences. I want legal means to stop my molester from continuing his offences. Unfortunately, my story is not unique. What I have written about happens to many many children. There are many adults like me who are carrying the burden of childhood abuse. We need your support. To get justice for ourselves and protect other children from abuse. Sign my petition and appeal to the Indian Government to allow adult survivors of child abuse to file complaints.

Purnima Govindarajulu
3,060 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Maneka Gandhi, JP Nadda, Satyendra Jain, Devendra Fadnavis, Mamata Banerjee, C. Laxma Reddy

Make it mandatory for all hospitals to declare number of Caesarean deliveries #SafeBirth

Caesarean deliveries have become a business. The hospitals and doctors are making money off unsuspecting women and pushing them towards surgical deliveries. Even though serious complications were not detected, I was cut open to deliver my baby. I wanted to have a natural birth but had to undergo a C-section as it was presented to be more ’scientific, modern and risk-free’. I was misled, manipulated, confused and my choice was overriden. For many of us, the right to informed-refusal or consent during childbirth is hardly an option either due to lack of awareness or the high-handed attitude of doctors. It was a long, painful, depressing recovery for me and when I looked into this issue, what I found was alarming. India’s C-section rate is growing exponentially. The fact that private hospitals have a much higher rate of C-sections than public hospitals has a direct correlation to the fact that surgical deliveries cost so much more than normal ones in these facilities. Recent studies show that C-sections lead to a higher risk of post-partum depression and lower breastfeeding rate in women and diseases like obesity and diabetes in children. Despite its adverse effects on maternal and child health, hospitals and doctors are indiscriminately conducting C-sections to make more money. To discourage this trend, women need to be made aware of the C-section rates of different hospitals and maternity homes, so that they can choose their hospitals carefully. That’s why I, with support of the NGO Birth India, started this petition asking the Women and Child Development ministry to issue an advisory to the Medical Council of India to Make it mandatory for all doctors and hospitals to declare the percentage of Caesarean delivery rates to patients. Conduct enquiry against those with abnormally high C-section rate. Frame clear guidelines for conducting Caesarean to safeguard the health and rights of women and children World Health Organisation (WHO) norms prescribe that C-section deliveries should be ideally 10-15 per cent of the total number of deliveries in the country. However, in urban Telengana, 74.8% of the private sector deliveries are by C-section and it is as high as 41% in Kerala and it is 58% in Tamil Nadu, according to a report by the ICMR School of Public Health. It is important that even women are made aware of the impact of Caesarean sections, which truly is an emergency recourse and not a routine medical procedure. The fact is that only 10% of births should be via C-section, however, in Indian private hospitals that rate is close to 50%. This is a serious health risk and the government has to take action NOW! Sign my petition and ask the Women and Child Development ministry to end this harmful practice by hospitals. Image Courtesy:

Subarna Ghosh
306,807 supporters