India Must Kick Out #Politicians with #Rape Records!
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!
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!