#Indian Citizens: Will You Use Your #Vote to Stop #Violence on #Women? Respond here
India is gearing up for its next election in 2014. The 50 Million Missing Campaign would like to launch an initiative to build a grassroots lobby of citizens who want to bring the issue of violence on women to the Indian political / electoral platform.
Often during rape protests, even feminists in India have said ‘Rape and violence on women is not politics.’ But the fact is it is politics. India currently has 1,460 serving officials (30% of Parliament and Legislative Assembly), with self-declared criminal backgrounds. Almost 14% of have serious criminal charges of rape and murder against them. This is because an old law permits them this. Moreover, it is seen that officials with crime records are far more likely to re-win elections. This is not surprising because rape and violence against women by such politicians and their goons is used far too frequently to terrify areas into voting for them!!
In July 2013 the Supreme Court passed a judgment to remove all those convicted (not simply charged) of serious crimes from office. Many fighting to clean the Indian system were relieved. However, all the political parties have opposed this judgement.
The current government, with the consensus of all political parties in India, on 13 Aug 2013, moved court to fight the Supreme Court’s order to immediately disqualify all serving officials convicted of crimes. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE IN A DEMOCRACY?
Rape and murder is used by the government and politicians as a weapons of mass subjugation and control.
IF OPPOSITION POLITICAL PARTIES IN INDIA CAN UNITE TO PROTECT THEIR RAPISTS AND MURDERERS AND KEEP THEM IN POWER, CAN’T INDIAN CITIZENS UNITE TO TAKE BACK OUR DEMOCRACY, CONSTITUTION AND RIGHTS AS CITIZENS?
We need to use our rights as citizens to effectively FIGHT this where it matters most to political parties: in how we campaign and vote, and choose our leaders. We cannot allow the government and political parties to hold the country hostage to violence and terror!! The Indian public needs to fight back to regain control over our democracy!
PLEASE ANSWER THE POLL QUESTION BELOW BY CLICKING ON YES OR NO. AFTER MAKING YOUR CHOICE PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CLICK ON THE ‘VOTE’ BUTTON TO REGISTER YOUR VOTE
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