Hours to end rape impunity

India is on the verge of a massive win for women’s rights. The government has asked Justice JS Verma to recommend a solution to India’s rampant rape crisis, the first step to strong laws and enforcement. Justice Verma is accepting public comments for 48 more hours — this is our chance to make sure his recommendations are strong enough to end rape impunity for good.

The rapid arrest and charging of the brutal Delhi bus rapists is rare — the vast majority of rapists get away with their crimes. Real justice, with speedy trials and long years in prison, combined with increased public education is needed to stop more girls and women being violated and killed. Already over 35,000 of us have signed a petition demanding action on fast-tracked justice, now let’s keep up the pressure.

The public consultation period has just hours left — let’s make sure the Verma Commission comes up with real solutions to end rape impunity — click below to send a message now:

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A crime against women is reported every 2 minutes somewhere in India, and three quarters of rape cases end with no convictions. To get to the root of the problem, we must combine changes to the legal system so more cases are convicted and break the attitudes that make rape justified in the first place.

The Verma Commission has been established to “examine the present laws to protect the safety and dignity of women.” A special session of Parliament may be convened later this month to consider it’s findings. It’s our best chance for years to change laws and attitudes among politicians, the police, lawyers, and society in general.

We have just hours left to influence the official Commission set up to find ways to crack down on India’s wave of sexual violence. Click to send a message directly to the Verma Commission:

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Avaaz members in India and across the world have come together again and again to support women and girls who face violent sexual attack and change the practices which permit these abuses. Let’s make the most of this chance for a major shift in the way India protects its citizens.

With hope,

Meredith, Alice, Jamie, Ian, Ricken, Rewan, Diego, Wen, Michelle and the rest of the Avaaz team