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24 hours to kick rapists out of government


The Verma Committee says politicians facing rape charges must resign, but they won’t go unless we push. 12,000 people have already signed — add your voice now and forward widely!

Dear friends across India,

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We have 42 MLAs facing charges varying from cruelty and sexual assault against women to rape. To stop violence against women being acceptable in society, we need to stop it being accepted in the political system. Demand all political parties pressure these members to resign — sign the petition now, and forward it to everyone:

Sign the petition

Many politicians condemned the brutal Delhi gang rape but what they failed to say is that people in their own parties face charges of rape and sexual assault. 2 MPs and 42 MLAs have submitted election affidavits outlining their charges and Avaaz member Srikant is leading the charge to demand their resignations.

To stop violence against women being acceptable in society, we need to stop it being accepted in our political system. Join Srikant to demand all political parties take immediate action to force these members to resign, and then take their place in court to face trial.

Public outrage over widespread sexual violence against women and children is growing, but only if we step up the pressure on our political leaders will they act. Add your voice now and when 30,000 of us sign, Avaaz will take out advertisements in the press naming and shaming all parties whose members face charges. Sign the petition now, and forward it to everyone:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/2_MPs_42_MLAs_in_India_charged_with_crimes_against_women_must_resign_before_Jan_26th/?bLxTFbb&v=21326

There’s so much that needs to be done to protect women and end rape impunity, and we should start at the very top, by cleaning out politicians who have been perpetrators in the war against women and bringing them to justice. Every minute these men remain in power, is another minute where rape is accepted and the nation’s reputation is tarnished. This is not the India anyone wants.

It’s appalling that, unlike the Delhi gang rapists, some of our politicians have not yet been put on trial, and they won’t unless we make it happen. People are taking to the streets and the pressure on the political parties is rising. Let’s make change unstoppable — sign the petition now!

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/2_MPs_42_MLAs_in_India_charged_with_crimes_against_women_must_resign_before_Jan_26th/?bLxTFbb&v=21326

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 it’s time to stop the physical, mental and emotional assault on women and girls across the country.

With hope and determination,

Meredith, Alaphia, Iain, Alex, Emma, Michelle and the rest of the Avaaz team

PS- This campaign was started by Srikant, an Avaaz member in India. You can start a petition on any issue that is important to you, it’s quick and easy — click here http://avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition/?bv21326

MORE INFORMATION

Anti-women politicians should go home (Times of India)
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-01-10/india/36257394_1_mplad-scheme-jairam-ramesh-political-parties

Rape panel calls for major changes in India (Boston Globe)
http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2013/01/24/rape-panel-calls-for-major-changes-india/QA3ewy19kGeovJZvkHZIzJ/story.html

Kamal Nath’s plan to fast-track trial of politicians criticized (Time of India)
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-01-09/india/36236419_1_political-parties-association-for-democratic-reforms-cases

India’s ‘rape culture’ can be changed: women authors (Hindustan Times)
http://www.hindustantimes.com/Books/Chunk-HT-UI-BooksSectionPage-LiteraryBuzz/India-s-rape-culture-can-be-changed-Women-authors/Article1-984318.aspx

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

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