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India Must Kick Out #Politicians with #Rape Records!

January 19, 2013

In the aftermath of the Delhi Gang Rape uprising, one of the BIGGEST OBSTACLES standing in the way of system reform is that India permits men charge-sheeted with rape and other violent crimes against women, to run for government offices!

The Association for Democratic Reforms in India reports that 6 MLAs (Members of the Legislative Assembly), and 2 MPs (Members of Parliament), have  declared in their official affidavits that they have pending rape cases against them.  36 other MLAs have cases pending with other charges of crimes against women such as sexual assault.

Below is a report on one such politician charged in a gang-rape case which became known as the Suryavelli case after village where the incident had taken place. Read it, and then sign this petition demanding these politicians be kicked out and put on trial! The government of India must clean up!

In 1996, in the state of Kerala, a 16-year-old girl was abducted and brutally gang-raped by 42 men over a 40 day period, as she was transported place to place throughout the state.   On September 6, 2000, a special court had found 35 of the men involved guilty and sentenced them to rigorous imprisonment for varying terms.

The Kerala High Court, however, acquitted all 35 convicted rapists  and found only one of them guilty of crimes related to the sex trade and sentenced him to a 5 years jail term and a fine of Rs 50,000.   Over the years, the victim and her family had to move houses constantly, and continue to be ostracized by society, and face harassment from various quarters.

Watch this video below to understand what this family has had to go through!

survyaBUT THE BIG QUESTION IS: WHY WERE THE 35 MEN ACQUITTED WHEN A LOWER COURT HAD ALREADY FOUND THEM GUILTY?

THE REASON IS BECAUSE MANY OF THEM HAD POWERFUL POLITICAL CONNECTIONS!! 

For example one of the accused in this case is P.J. Kurien,  a former Union Minister and member of the Congress party the current party in power!

Why are people with various criminal charges allowed to run for political parties in India?  On a technical level, because the law allows it!  However, on practical level, criminal elements in political parties use their clout to often terrorize and control people in their districts and constituencies to vote for a certain party or to mobilize mobs to meet the party’s aims in local areas!  Hence political parties often harbor criminals because they help them to retain power.

IF THESE CRIMINALS ARE NOT CLEANED OUT OF THE GOVERNMENT, IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT KIND OF LAWS INDIA HAS FOR RAPE AND OTHER FORMS OF VIOLENCE ON WOMEN! 

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION DEMANDING THAT POLITICIAN WITH RAPE CONVICTIONS BE IMMEDIATELY REMOVED AND THEIR CASES TRIED SPEEDILY.

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2013 12:56 pm

    To make the democracy more clean it is essential all politician in the parliament are clean and honest.A rapist,criminal,and corrupt politician can not make and provide a clean and corruption free governance and there fore it is necessary that all politicians having charged with corruption,rape,and having criminal cases against them are barred from contesting the election till the justice delivered is in favor of them and cleared by court

  2. January 31, 2013 12:03 pm

    A Big majority of politicians are Rapists if you consider Rape of our city spaces, Rape of Public money, Rape of the Constitution, Rape of their own Conscience.

    • February 4, 2013 8:07 pm

      not only the politicians but also most of the Swamis,captains of industry ,bureaucrats; etc., etc.

  3. Laurie McLaughlin, Canada permalink
    January 31, 2013 6:55 pm

    Outrageous. You are absolutely right – laws mean nothing when violence and intimidation are part of local politics.

  4. Ashok Goel permalink
    January 31, 2013 8:10 pm

    In state and central government there are many politicians who are charged with rape,murder and other crimes.How we can expect justice when these devils are in power.
    They should be put behind bars and should not be allowed to contest elections.
    Shame on Indian government.

  5. February 1, 2013 1:08 am

    Someone should publish all the rapist name who are politicians……

  6. MK.Remamadhavan permalink
    February 4, 2013 8:01 pm

    Name of politicians involved in sex scandal should be published

  7. M R Rao permalink
    February 5, 2013 6:45 pm

    Rapists are not confined to india alone. Raping must be prevalent in other countries as well. On one point I am in full agreement GOI should take a lead in barring rapists from occupying seats in the government bodies. What for? What do you expect from them? If they are the ones chosen to be leaders, the followers cannot be left far behind. Luckily few Good Samaritans are their amidst us.

  8. February 6, 2013 9:45 pm

    Rapists are a blot and shame for the Indian culture

  9. avinash permalink
    February 8, 2013 6:33 pm

    केरल में 1996 के गैंगरेप के एक मामले में पीड़ित महिला ने कांग्रेस के वरिष्ठ नेता और राज्य सभा के उपसभापति प्रफेसर पीजे कुरियन पर सनसनीखेज आरोप लगाते हुए कहा है कि वह भी इस रेपकांड में शामिल थे। पीड़िता ने कुरियन पर केस दर्ज करने की मांग की है। गौरतलब है कि महिला कुरियन पर पहले भी यह आरोप लगा चुकी है, लेकिन हाई कोर्ट ने कुरियन को राहत दे दी थी। शुक्रवार को सुप्रीम कोर्ट के इस मामले में 34 आरोपियों को बरी करने वाले केरल हाई कोर्ट के फैसले को पलटने से कुरियन एक बार फिर मुश्किल में घिरते दिख रहे हैं। उधर, कुरियन ने महिला के आरोपों से इनकार किया है। उन्होंने कहा कि आपको इस मामले में किसी नतीजे पर पहुंचने से लिए जांच रिपोर्ट और हाई कोर्ट के ऑर्डर को देखना चाहिए।

    • February 10, 2013 12:04 pm

      Yes, but once Kurien is charged, and there is new evidence now the police tampered with the testimony of one witness, he is a tainted candidate. The public cannot trust him to hold office.

  10. Lorraine Redfern permalink
    June 10, 2013 1:44 pm

    I cannot help but get angry when I know what is going on in India and what come’s to mind is why in god’s name were the males of the family so idolised because due to that women were abused and the men couldn’t care less. Women are not just something to abuse at the whim of these rapists and neither are those wee little bairns who have unfortunately been raped as well. I feel like smut when I think of those despicable men although I shouldn’t feel that way who were given to much leeway when they were growing up and a good kick in the pants would have sufficed. Time to do the right thing now for the women.

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