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#Indian Citizens: Will You Use Your #Vote to Stop #Violence on #Women? Respond here

August 11, 2013

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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 leadersWe 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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31 Comments leave one →
  1. farzana permalink
    August 11, 2013 10:28 pm

    A country or a man that does not respect women’s rights and freedom is a country that will forever live in darkness. This issue should be foremost in all discussions- political and social.

    • August 25, 2013 7:42 pm

      I TOTALLY AGREE…WOMAN HOLD THE SACRED SPACE FOR ALL LIFE FORMS ON THIS PLANET AND NEED TO BE RESPECTED ON THAT LEVEL.

  2. Melissa permalink
    August 11, 2013 10:45 pm

    Of COURSE this issue is political and of COURSE it should be brought to the 2014 Election Platform. Politicians will ONLY listen if it effects them personally.

  3. Roopchand Nandan permalink
    August 12, 2013 4:54 am

    The entire Government has to change all their policies on how they treat their citizens, everyone, there shall be no more division such as caste systems, this is garbage and old world thinking. It has to stop.

    • August 16, 2013 3:05 pm

      Well said Roopchand!! And only the PEOPLE can force change……. I think the Evil One and his minions have their grip firmly on all governments globally……we have to start fighting back or we’ll eventually be absorbed and lost.
      We owe it to our decendants!

  4. August 12, 2013 1:38 pm

    Take action everyone, who read and listens to the message from Rita Baranej, against the horryfing murders of girls and women in India that is going on!

  5. Samir Chatterjee permalink
    August 14, 2013 11:54 pm

    At least half of India’s 1.2 billion population are becoming disabled in every sense. That is neither democracy, nor human rights. In a nation with so many female deities, with the concept of Mother India so dominant, it is hypocrisy. A major programme of anti-sexist education must be undertaken at every level, region and state to cleanse India out of it. That should be supported by strong laws and clean justice so that Indian women can emerge again in happy and safe freedom.

  6. karthu1993 permalink
    August 15, 2013 10:46 am

    Is there any story where the father recued hid daughter or husband favours his wife over dowry????

    • August 16, 2013 11:12 am

      There were two cases we dealt with where the parents tried to pull the women out of the abusive homes. But there was a lot of social pressure (like neighbors gossiping, social isolation, people blaming them) and the women went back to the abusive homes!

  7. Lindy Sparrow permalink
    August 16, 2013 12:41 pm

    I recently returned from a trip to India, I was shocked at how women are kept so much in the background. The only time I met a woman was when I was invited to someone’s home. She is a highly educated young woman yet she spends her days doing housework and does not have the opportunity to participate in life outside her front door. My impression was that women have no power in India. This must change and until it does India should be economically isolated from the Western World.

    • August 16, 2013 12:59 pm

      That’s right. And political power has to be fought for. There needs to be a clear women’s caucus.

    • sanjay permalink
      August 16, 2013 1:24 pm

      Hi Lindsay,
      Yes India has a lot of problems but the same problems exist for women in the west JUST listen to the comments made by a UKIP treasurer against women in the UK.
      To suggest you dont see women working in India which part did you visit?

    • August 16, 2013 3:39 pm

      Sanjay — 20% of women as human group exterminated in 20 years. Do you think this is normal? Do you think it is normal for more than 30% of members of Parliament in the UK to have serving members who have criminal backgrounds — which by the way are self-declared. Is it normal when the Supreme Court tries to clean it out these criminals the government moves court against the Supreme Court!!! See for Indian women it is Indian men like you who are the problem!

    • Ashok permalink
      August 20, 2013 7:20 pm

      Your impression about empowerment of Indian woman is incorrect.Please do not form your opinion on 1.27 billion Indians by just visiting one household!

  8. carolyn hunt permalink
    August 16, 2013 2:40 pm

    it took an international outcry to free a man called nelson mandela because various governments refused to intervene, they quickly caught on when the electorate shouted loud enough ,maybe it will take a similar outcry, someone has to try.

  9. Gaurav Srivastava permalink
    August 16, 2013 4:18 pm

    What I individually feel dosen’t matter ,but when I say that being an INDIAN I deserve the right to protest such wrong in Politics, i do earn some respect of our fellow politicians who are sitting in the Parliament to serve the country. And when we see that a huge numbers of them are having criminal background against crime against women, then our government should obey as Supreme Court says and those wrong persons should be outstripped of their so called duties of being a Politician.

  10. Robert Thomas permalink
    August 16, 2013 7:02 pm

    I think this is the worse treatment of any sex that I have ever heard of. India needs to become civilized. It is these very woman that give birth to those that mistreat them. Society needs to demand changes in a big way.

  11. Lani Arellanes-Hansen permalink
    August 16, 2013 8:10 pm

    When will we (women) push these self serving males out of power We need to band together with the few men who are enlightened and just take the power away.
    GOD HELP US.

  12. August 17, 2013 11:47 am

    I find it totally appalling that still in today’s world, and not just in India; Women and children are still the targets of victimization, rape, child labour, physical abuse, mental, emotional,isolation and other horrible atrocities that women and children are forced to endure.

    When will people finally understand the mental and physical damage that women and children are forced to endure sometimes on a daily basis, can and will cause irreparable physical and mental damage, and the horrendous toll that it will leave on them emotionally, mentally, combined with cruelty, isolation, deprivation of basic daily needs to live, will leave the most unsightly and unseen damage, and the scars that are unseen to the human eye will cause permanent, and far more dangerous damage than any physical cuts and bruises will ever cause that will eventually heal.

    By far, the worst damage, are the ones we cannot see! The emotional and mental abuse will by far, cause the most damage that will be carried around for a lifetime, and they can and will cause irreparable damages that cannot be seen.The unseen damage cannot heal the way that than physical pain or damage can do! It becomes insidious and life long mental anguish which will destroy their mental health and their inability to function normally, in today’s society. It, will forever damage their ability to cope and function, normally, for the rest of their lives and some will not be able to live with the guilt and shame, and some will even go as far as taking their own lives, to escape the mental anguish and images of the past to escape!

    The lack of love, compassion and empathy in today’s world for the most precious of souls, especially those of women who carry every individual on this planet are lost and abandoned.

    Please let us all concentrate on the treatment of women and children of today’s society with love and compassion; instead of being apathetic become an advocate to rid this world of it’s own brutality and cruelty towards others.

    • carole l weeps permalink
      August 17, 2013 6:55 pm

      I am 100% in agreement with you. keep up the fight

  13. Ulrika Hedlund permalink
    August 17, 2013 1:42 pm

    please make the website more clear. I wanted to press “vote” but couldn´t find it. It should be impossible to miss!

    • August 19, 2013 12:19 pm

      Ulrika — the ‘Vote’ button is just below the Yes and No option. Just move your cursor on the word Vote and Click and it should work. Thanks for the support.

  14. August 19, 2013 8:56 am

    Women populate the world, damnnit!!

  15. August 20, 2013 8:22 am

    Right Education must spread to every nook & corner. This depends on eliminating Corruption in this field by punishing officials for dereliction of duty. The adolescent mind has to develop properly. Remember “Child is the Parent of an Adult”.

  16. August 22, 2013 11:37 am

    The only way to treat the beasts who think of molesting women is what Nicholas Cage did to Danny Trejo in ‘Con Air’ while persevering “That is not the way to treat a woman…”

  17. August 24, 2013 12:14 pm

    it’s hard to believe the land that was the cradle of humanity can still be so backward and have so little respect for Woman. The Buddah would not approve.

  18. druidwinter permalink
    August 24, 2013 1:15 pm

    Reblogged this on winterdominatrix and commented:
    I am in Los Angeles, but by DNA have indian blood, a little but enough! solidarity for women! Where Are our groups?

  19. Balan permalink
    August 24, 2013 3:56 pm

    Women to be respected in all ways. Why this cruelty to them. Are we not civilized to understand things. Horrible. I feel shame.

  20. lynn permalink
    August 24, 2013 5:41 pm

    VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN MUST BE STOPPED!
    GENOCIDE IS PREVENTABLE! FEAR AND HATE ARE ITS FOUNDATIONS. BY HELPING THE ONES WHO
    FEEL WEAK,ALONE AND SMALL TO FIND THEIR
    STRENGTH AND VOICE WE ARE GIVING THEM
    A POWER THEY HAVE NEVER KNOWN AND
    DESPERATELY NEED!!

  21. Raju permalink
    August 26, 2013 5:30 pm

    INDIAN CRIMINAL LAWS SHOULD BE CHANGED. PUNISHMENT FOR RAPE SHOULD BE SEVERE AND NOT LESS THAN HANG TO DEATH OR SHOOT TO KILL. LAWER’S ASSOCIATION SHOULD STOP ITS MEMBERS FROM APPEARING FOR THE RAPE CULPRITS. MORE IMPORTANTLY, THIS LAW SHOULD NOT BE MISUSED, USE IT ONLY FOR RAPE, NOT FOR SEX WITH CONSENT AND EVEN FOR PROSTITUTION.

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