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Stop Rape and Intimidation of Women

To West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee:

We are outraged that you ridiculed rather than supported a rape victim in Kolkata. Government leaders should ensure public safety and that the police work for us all and lead by example. We call on you to publicly apologise to the victim, ensure that the police who jeered at her are punished and introduce police reforms to improve protection for women. We look to you to start to rid India of the curse of violence against women.

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Last week, a mother of two was raped at gunpoint in Kolkata and then dumped on the roadside bloodied. When she went to the police for help they jeered at her and then the Chief Minister shamefully stated the victim was just playing politics. Only a national outcry now can turn the tide on violence and intimidation against women across India.

This disgraceful treatment of a rape victim is not a one off -- India is the third worst country for rape cases, and most women are afraid to report what has happened to them. If we all now rally behind this victim and make it a national political issue, we could get the police reform we need.

In the last few days the Kolkata police have made arrests, but one of the attackers is still free and the Chief Minister has not withdrawn her remarks. Let's all call on CM Mamata Banerjee to apologize publicly, punish the errant police officers and demand a national police reform to improve safety for women. Sign the petition now and send it to everyone:

Posted: 21 February 2012

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