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Thursday, 3 July 2014

Strongly Condemn Gruesome Acts of Violence on Minors in Badaun

A Protest Organised by the undersigned at Jantar Mantar
Thursday 5th June (World Environment Day) 10:00 am – 11:30 am
It is such a paradox, that on World Environment Day, where the Tree symbolizing as Hope for Life, has been used to hang and take away the lives of two young innocent girls at Badaun. Even as there is uproar over this crime, another girl is allegedly hung to the tree after being raped in Sitapur and a woman judge raped in Aligarh.
Time and again, women and girls are the prime targets of violence and the most recent brutal gang rapes in the small village of Badaun District of UP confirm this.
Where does one go for justice?
How can the perpetrators be brought to trial? What is the society’s response? Where is the government’s accountability? These are only few of the unending questions that are troubling us, and as citizens of this country, we demand that there needs to be a stop to ALL such horrendous acts of violence. This is unacceptable in the eyes of any civilized society.
In spite of the outcomes of the Justice Verma Committee report and the new Criminal Law Amendment Act 2013, sexual violence against women is only at an increase.
The fact that a spurt in such heinous crimes against women, particularly against the Dalit and OBC community, shows there is a pattern of an aggravated sexual assault which is caste based. While this is a deliberate attempt to silence and marginalize the weak and the voiceless community, we refuse to stand by and watch such barbaric acts go without Justice for the victims.
The two girls from the socially & economically backward community were gang raped and murdered by the boys belonging to the same village, and worse still they hung them alive. This is nothing short of a double murder of innocent children.
We NOW call upon across all party lines, governments (State & Central), and Judiciary and the Police to take responsibility in bringing speedy Justice to the victims and their families. Since this is a crime against the entire Human race, we demand;
  1. Speedy investigation and the severest form of punishment to the perpetrators
  2. Compensation and protection to the families of the victims
  3. Establishing Fast track courts for all cases of rape
Today, we are joining in solidarity with all of civil society who are condemning the Gang Rape and murder of the young girls in Badaun, and call for an end to this war on women, that refuses to acknowledge the dignity of women and girls in India. Security of women and girls must be the priority of the Government and all its machinery.
    
This is a protest organized by the Christian Community in Delhi to raise its voices for the common concern and the good of the larger society.
Signed by:
National Council of Churches in India (NCCI ),National Council of Dalit Christians (NCDC),Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India office for SC/BCCatholic Bishops’ Conference of India Office for Women, Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI),  YWCA of India, YWCA of Delhi.  YMCA-Delhi, National Council of YMCAs, Nine is Mine, Federation of Catholic Associations of the Archdiocese of Delhi (FCAAD).  

Mr. Samuel Jayakumar
Executive Secretary, Commission on Policy, Governance and Public Witness, NCCI.