martedì 1 settembre 2015

India village council orders rape of sisters, Amnesty mobilizes - Sign the petition

Amnesty International UK


An online petition launched last week continues in a move to demand protection and justice for two low-caste Indian sisters ordered to be raped by a village council in punishment after their brother eloped with a higher caste, married woman. The petition launched by Amnesty International India is addressed to Uttar Pradesh's Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, calling on him to take decisive action. The family of the two sisters has also petitioned India's Supreme Court seeking protection to return their village, with the court ordering the administration of the northern province to reply by September 15.

A case that has renewed the perception in India of an inconsistent and easily interpreted justice, in addition to the persisting anti-constitutional privileges, traditions and discrimination.

Amnesty India has gathered over 175,000 signatures in a week mostly on its British website after 23-year-old Meenakshi Kumari and her 15-year-old sister were forced to flee their village with their family when an un-elected village council, dominated by upper caste "Jat" men, in Uttar Pradesh state on July 30 ordered the two "Dalit" sisters be raped and paraded naked with their faces blackened as punishment for their brother's actions.

In northern parts of India, these village councils known as "Khap Panchayats" act as de-facto courts in local disputes, whether civil or criminal cases. These councils are however coming under growing scrutiny as their punitive edicts grow more regressive and archaic, ranging from banning girls from using mobile phones to supporting child marriage, expelling individuals or families from villages and sanctioning the lynching of couples in "honour killings".

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