Wednesday, 23 January 2013

A Daughter of India

We had intended to go to India on holiday this winter. We have been several times in the past. India is a wonderful country that we both hold dear to our hearts. However, this year we have cancelled our holiday in protest at a terrible situation that has arisen Unfortunately its not for the first time either and until changes are made, I think it will not be the last.

A daughter of India died after she was brutally gang raped and beaten by six men last month. But a defence lawyer for her attackers has just said publicly that "it wouldn't have happened to a respected lady". To me the defence lawyer's words are distressing proof of how much still needs to change. More than 600,000 people from around the world have already signed Namita’s petition, and the Indian government is already feeling the pressure some change has taken place because the Chief Justice has now advised High Courts across India to prioritise cases of crimes against women. 

However, there has now been another gang rape involving six men on a bus. For Namita, nothing matters more than making sure this opportunity for action doesn't slip away and she’s asking for your help to keep up the momentum. Namita said "All my life, I've heard victims being blamed while their attackers eventually walked free. But this time, something feels different. This is because India’s government is being forced to confront a painful reality." As Namita says it feels this time that the world is behind her and the women of India.

I have signed the petition "India: Stop Rape" Calling on the Indian Government to implement stronger policies to protect Indian women following the death of the young woman who was gang raped in Delhi last month. More than 600,000 people from across the world have already signed and the goal is to get 700,000 signatures before delivering the petition to the Chief Justice of India. 

Can you please sign the petition?

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