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1 lakh to end rape impunity – amazing response!

December 25, 2012 1 comment

Home Minister Singh has called a government meeting on rape punishment on January 4 — help us urgently reach our goal of 100,000!

Dear friends across India,

Last week, a 23-year-old woman was gang-raped and beaten for hours on a bus in Delhi. This war on women across India must stop! Let’s build one lakh voices demanding immediate action to fast-track justice for rape victims. Sign and then share this with everyone:

Last week, a 23-year-old student was gang-raped for hours and nearly beaten to death with iron rods on a bus in Delhi. Then she was dumped on the roadside to die. This war on women must stop!

A real threat of speedy trials and long years in prison for these brutal attacks is the only way to prevent more girls and women being violated and killed. Let’s build one lakh voices now to demand immediate action on fast-tracked justice.

In response to massive public outrage, government officials are meeting on January 4 to discuss the issue of India’s rampant rape crisis. Unless we keep up the pressure, this meeting could amount to nothing. Sign this urgent petition to Home Minister Shinde to pursue legislation to end rape impunity. If our call is big enough, he will be forced to act to protect all women and girls. Click to sign the urgent petition, then send this to everyone:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/india_justice_for_rape_victims_b/?bvSSacb&v=20503

For the 23-year-old student, intense public pressure may ensure that the perpetrators are caught and tried. But a crime against women is reported every 2 minutes somewhere in India, and three quarters of rape cases end with no convictions. Just this week two girls were gang raped in Bihar state. One is in critical condition and the youngest, a girl of just ten, and was brutalised to death and then dumped in the canal.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has asked the Delhi High Court to take urgent action to set up five special fast-track courts to try sexual assault cases. Now, the best way to ensure justice for all is to force an agreement to put fast-track courts like this across India. We have to all act now — under public pressure, the will and possibility for action rises, but all too often politicians make bold promises to protect women only to forget about them when the spotlight fades.

It’s shocking, but not surprising, that 8 out of 10 women in Delhi fear for their safety. Equally there is nothing new in the fact that most women say they wouldn’t even think of telling the police about an attack for fear the cops would ignore them or worse blame them and abuse them. What is new is the level of outrage building across the country out of this terrible case. Together we can turn this firestorm of anger into a lightening bolt for change. Sign the petition now and forward it to everyone to safeguard the mothers and daughters of India:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/india_justice_for_rape_victims_b/?bvSSacb&v=20503

Avaaz members in India have come together to protect children from brutal labour practices and freed Indian workers trapped in foreign countries. Together we have ensured that poorer people know their rights to free medical care. Now we can help the women and girls who face violent sexual attack.

With hope,

Meredith, Alice, Jamie, Ian, Ricken, Rewan, Diego, Wen, Michelle and the rest of the Avaaz team

MORE INFORMATION

Delhi gang-rape case: PM Manmohan Singh appeals for calm, vows to protect women (Spoonfeed news)
http://www.spoon-feed.com/delhi-gang-rape-what-really-happened/

You can’t march in protest to President’s house, Shinde says (Time of India)
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/You-cant-march-in-protest-to-Presidents-house-Shinde-says/articleshow/17743153.cms

Delhi gang rape victim battles on, undergoes fifth surgery
http://www.spoon-feed.com/india-is-becoming-highly-unsafe-for-women-police-and-security-forces-are-there-only-to-protect-the-politicians-and-the-rich/

Outrage grows in India over gang-rape on bus (AP)
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-12-19/outrage-in-india-over-gang-rape-on-bus

Attempt-to-murder charge may be slapped on rapists (Deccan Herald)
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/299320/delhi-rape-4-arrested-attempt.html

Activists woe low conviction rate, long trials (Times of India)
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Activists-woe-low-conviction-rate-long-trials/articleshow/17657522.cms

Delhi Gang-Rape Underscores Rising Sexual Violence Against Indian Women (IB Times)
http://www.ibtimes.com/delhi-gang-rape-underscores-rising-sexual-violence-against-indian-women-944030

Rise in rapes across India (ZeeNews)
http://zeenews.india.com/news/nation/rapes-in-india-rise-by-873-percent-from-1953_817894.html

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1 lakh to end rape impunity

On Sunday, a 23-year-old woman was gang-raped and beaten for hours on a bus in Delhi. This war on women across India must stop! Let’s build one lakh voices demanding immediate action to fast-track justice for rape victims. Sign and then share this with everyone:

On Sunday, a 23-year-old student was gang-raped for hours and nearly beaten to death with iron rods on a bus in Delhi. Then she was dumped on the roadside to die. This war on women must stop!

A real threat of speedy trials and long years in prison for these brutal attacks is the only way to prevent more girls and women being violated and killed. Let’s build one lakh voices now to demand immediate action on fast-tracked justice.

Right now, politicians are fighting to be the loudest voice condemning the cruel torture of this one woman, but without a massive demand for action now, their speeches could remain just words. Click below to sign this urgent petition to Home Minister Shinde, then send this to everyone. If our call is big enough, he will be forced to act to protect all women and girls:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/india_justice_for_rape_victims_b/?bxXSacb&v=20347

For the 23-year-old student, intense public pressure may ensure that the perpetrators are caught and tried. But a crime against women is reported every 2 minutes somewhere in India, and three quarters of rape cases end with no convictions. Just this week two girls were gang raped in Bihar state. One is in critical condition and the youngest, a girl of just ten, and was brutalised to death and then dumped in the canal.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has asked the Delhi High Court to take urgent action to set up five special fast-track courts to try sexual assault cases. Now, the best way to ensure justice for all is to force an agreement to put fast-track courts like this across India. We have to all act now — under public pressure, the will and possibility for action rises, but all too often politicians make bold promises to protect women only to forget about them when the spotlight fades. Â

It’s shocking, but not surprising, that 8 out of 10 women in Delhi fear for their safety. Equally there is nothing new in the fact that most women say they wouldn’t even think of telling the police about an attack for fear the cops would ignore them or worse blame them and abuse them. What is new is the level of outrage building across the country out of this terrible case. Together we can turn this firestorm of anger into a lightening bolt for change. Sign the petition now and forward it to everyone to safeguard the mothers and daughters of India:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/india_justice_for_rape_victims_b/?bxXSacb&v=20347

Avaaz members in India have come together to protect children from brutal labour practices and freed Indian workers trapped in foreign countries. Together we have ensured that poorer people know their rights to free medical care. Now we can help the women and girls who face violent sexual attack.

With hope,

Meredith, Alice, Jamie, Ian, Ricken, Rewan, Diego, Wen, Michelle and the rest of the Avaaz team

MORE INFORMATION

Delhi gang rape victim battles on, undergoes fifth surgery (SNM)
http://www.spoon-feed.com/delhi-gang-rape-what-really-happened/

Outrage grows in India over gang-rape on bus (AP)
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-12-19/outrage-in-india-over-gang-rape-on-bus

Attempt-to-murder charge may be slapped on rapists (Deccan Herald)
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/299320/delhi-rape-4-arrested-attempt.html

Activists woe low conviction rate, long trials (Times of India)
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Activists-woe-low-conviction-rate-long-trials/articleshow/17657522.cms

Delhi Gang-Rape Underscores Rising Sexual Violence Against Indian Women (IB Times)
http://www.ibtimes.com/delhi-gang-rape-underscores-rising-sexual-violence-against-indian-women-944030

Rise in rapes across India (ZeeNews)
http://zeenews.india.com/news/nation/rapes-in-india-rise-by-873-percent-from-1953_817894.html

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Look at this crazy, beautiful thing we’ve created together

With 2012 almost over, I wanted to take a second to stop and reflect on this crazy, beautiful community of hope that we’ve all created together. The numbers are mind-boggling —

  • 17.2 million of us are getting this email today, and that number is skyrocketing — almost doubling in the last several months!
  • We’ve come together from all 194 nations, 1.7 million of us in Brazil, 1.6M in France, 773,000 in India. Here’s the map
  • We’ve taken more than 100 million actions, online and offline, and told over 250 million friends about important campaigns
  • Our voices have brought awareness to critical issues, with coverage in at least 15,000 news reports this year alone
  • 400,000 of us have donated, giving almost $7 million through Avaaz to other humanitarian and democracy organisations
  • 20,000 of us have already started, and started winning, campaigns using our new community petition tool
The Pakistani President signs our petition that helped 3 million children go to school

Our massive Palestine action right outside the EU commission as foreign ministers met

But behind the numbers is so much more — thousands of stories of people coming together with a hope that is powerful enough to overcome cynicism and achieve change. Not just in small ways, but in some really, really big ways. Â Â

Remember Malala, the incredibly brave young girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls education? In a week, the Avaaz team worked with partners in Pakistan to identify an ambitious plan to get all kids into school, and after 886,000 of us signed the petition for this plan, the UN education envoy Gordon Brown presented it directly to President Zardari who himself signed the petition! Malala was "thrilled" to be greeted in hospital with the news that Zardari had approved funds to get 3 million more children into school! Brown called our mobilisation "crucial". Â

This was just before 1.8 million of us played a major role in winning a Palestinian state. After Israel and the US started bullying countries to vote against it at the UN, we unleashed opinion polls in 4 countries, thousands of phone calls, lobbied leaders and erected giant 4 storey flags outside official meetings. In the final vote only 9 countries out of 193 voted against! The EU Palestinian Ambassador said "Avaaz played a critical role in persuading governments to support the Palestinian people’s bid…their solidarity and support will be remembered and cherished across Palestine".

And earlier this year, a whopping 2.8 million of us joined a powerhouse campaign to stop the ACTA treaty

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They want to ██████ the Internet

Dear Avaazers across India,

Authoritarian regimes are pushing for governmental control over the internet in a binding global treaty. If they succeed, the internet could become less open, more costly and much slower. We’ve stopped threats like this before, and we can again — but only with a massive global outcry. Sign the petition and share with everyone you know:

Right now at a UN meeting in Dubai, authoritarian regimes are pushing for full governmental control of the Internet in a binding global treaty

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