Friday, January 4, 2013

No One Should Die Like This, Not ANYWHERE

No One Should Die Like This, Anywhere!
After the death of a 23-year-old student who was gang-raped and beaten, Namita is asking the Indian government to take action and stop this from happening again.
Sign Namita's Petition
Teresa -
Trigger warning: this email contains information about sexual assault that may be
upsetting to survivors.
She was 23, with dreams of being a doctor. But two weeks ago, she was gang raped
by six men, savagely beaten and thrown out of a moving bus in Delhi.
The still unnamed woman who has become “India’s daughter” just died of her injuries
in hospital.
Namita Bhandare knows the constant fear that goes with living in Delhi, nicknamed
India’s “rape capital”. Like others, she long believed that nothing would change.
But the outpouring of anger and sadness now has
convinced her that this could be a turning point for women like her.
The tragedy has sparked vigils and protests, and over 100,000 Indians have already
signed Namita's petition to the Prime Minister. As the story reverberates around
the world, being covered by every major news outlet, there's a chance for Americans
to help
show the Indian Prime Minister that their international reputation is on the line
 if they fail to act.
Click here to sign Namita’s petition asking the Indian government to actively prosecute rape cases, introduce compulsory sensitivity training for police, and pass two proposed laws to protect women.
The story of “India’s daughter” has sparked deep grief and fury across India. Grief
for her horrifying ordeal, and fury that politicians have ignored the huge problem
of rape and sexual violence against women for so long.
According to crime statistics, a woman is raped every 22 minutes, and most rapists
are never prosecuted.
 Women are often blamed for their own rapes, police refuse to hear reports from victims,
and some women report being harassed by the very authorities they hope will protect
Politicians are being faced with some uncomfortable truths. But
Namita says that unless people seize this moment of national consciousness, the chance
to change anything will slip away.
 That’s why she’s asking for global support to show the world is watching.
Click here to sign Namita’s petition, and ask the Indian government to do everything in its power to make sure tragedies like this are never repeated.
Thanks for being a part of this,
Kristiane and the team

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