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Your eyes do not deceive you. An unelected all-male village council in India has ordered that 23-year-old Meenakshi Kumari and her 15-year-old sister are raped.


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Animae C (507)
Saturday August 29, 2015, 3:35 pm

Thanx Christine

Solitary Eagle (324)
Saturday August 29, 2015, 3:47 pm
Signed, thanks Christine.

AWAY AWHILE Cal Mendelsohn (1065)
Saturday August 29, 2015, 3:51 pm
signed and noted--thanks Christine

Kathleen M (211)
Saturday August 29, 2015, 3:57 pm
Absolutely signed, shared and noted! Thanks, Christine. What an effing outrage!

Glennis W (392)
Saturday August 29, 2015, 8:04 pm
Noted, signed and shared.This is just so bloody horrible. Thank you for caring and sharing Christine.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 29, 2015, 8:20 pm
Had signed--but signed again---noted with thanks Christine.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 29, 2015, 8:54 pm
Noted and signed, but the ugly truth is that I doubt a group of people who are dead-set on sadism that will have no repercussions for them will listen to it. Still, it is worth trying.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 29, 2015, 10:45 pm
Signed-thx Christine

Suzanne L (99)
Saturday August 29, 2015, 10:55 pm

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Saturday August 29, 2015, 10:55 pm
Signed and shared. Thanks Christine.

Rosie Adams (340)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 12:21 am
Noted, signed and shared, Christine. thank you for posting as news.
These councils decide in Africa which child is possessed by the devil or not - and needs to be 'purged'.
There is no excuse now - not when you see people even in the remotest villages everywhere carrying mobile phones - they are aware that what they do is wrong. It brings to mind that terrible Police float in some Central or South American country last year - that was mocking and jibing at a couple of women who had reported rape crimes. You couldn't make it up and men here will be as disgusted and dismayed as the women, over this.

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 1:23 am
Signed & Noted, Thank you

Jens Hansen (114)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 1:46 am
signed and shared

Artur B (125)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 1:55 am

Sandra Ferri (114)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 1:56 am
N&S TY Christine xoxo

Teresa W (782)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 1:59 am
noted, signed and shared, thank you

Lea S (16)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 2:14 am
Noted, signed, shared and twitted.

Joy T (443)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 2:46 am

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 2:50 am
There's another petition on as well:

Signed and shared both everywhere.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 2:52 am
Sorry, not a petition on TakePart as I've just found out. . .

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 2:56 am
There's a similar news article posted by Michael:

Caroline S (78)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 6:20 am
Thank you.

Tanya W (65)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 7:37 am
Noted and signed

elaine c (75)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 7:50 am

pam w (139)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 8:21 am
For a nation which PROFESSES to believe in "karma,'' they're not exactly sensitive to the plight of their social victims, are they?

Carol Bischoff (409)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 8:23 am
Noted and signed. Thank you.

Terrie Williams (798)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 8:42 am
Signed , shared and noted. Barbaric bast*rds.

Mary Jane R (35)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 9:12 am
Unbelievable!!!!! There is nothing more that can be said about such an attitude! What about the teachings of Siddharta Gautama? People are definitely sadists in their core not missing one opportunity in which they "are able" to make use of this horrendous human trait in a "justifiable" way... for them obviously!

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 9:20 am
Petition signed! Thanks, Christine!

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 9:53 am
S & N & S!

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 10:49 am
Unfortunately I can't send you more stars Christine :)

End CrueltyDeb Williams-Shepard (154)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 10:58 am
I tried to sign, but the "action" button doesn't work.

monica s (43)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 3:02 pm
Noted and signed. India needs to drag its most of its inhabitants out of the stone age.

Virgene L (53)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 4:05 pm
How horrific.

isabelle f (55)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 5:12 pm
India praises the hatred of women
Noted and signed !!
Thank you Christine and Rosie for forwarding !!

Michela M (3964)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 6:59 pm

S J (130)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 7:29 pm
thanks Christine

Fran F (116)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 9:00 pm
It certainly isn't the fault of these young women that their brother eloped with a married woman! Signed and noted with abhorrence that people from various cultures are so determined to bring the worst of the past into the present, and punish the innocent! (Not that the U.S. is any exception.) Thank you, Christine.

Mary T (356)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 9:00 pm
thank you Christine - signed, noted and shared

Adrienne L (9)
Monday August 31, 2015, 2:48 am
Thanks for sharing.

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Monday August 31, 2015, 5:33 am
S&N, Thanks

Lindsay K (6)
Monday August 31, 2015, 5:39 am
Signed and noted. Appalling!

Ben O (135)
Monday August 31, 2015, 6:06 am
Signed a duplicate this morning. Now, imagine if a million members would Care2 to make a difference...WOW!!!

Gabriele R (26)
Monday August 31, 2015, 8:21 am
Signed and noted

Dawn M (141)
Monday August 31, 2015, 8:43 am

Leanne B (46)
Monday August 31, 2015, 8:53 am
Signed of course.

Past Member (0)
Monday August 31, 2015, 9:45 am
noted & signed; Merci Christine!

Yvonne W (101)
Monday August 31, 2015, 1:19 pm
Thank you for sharing

Melania P (123)
Monday August 31, 2015, 1:33 pm
What the f***?? Cannot believe this!! Signed with 3 different signatures and shared

fahad Al fahad (140)
Monday August 31, 2015, 2:20 pm
Backwardness and ignorance !! No bearer of burdens shall bear another's burden !!

Edith B (146)
Monday August 31, 2015, 8:51 pm
This is utterly disgusting. I signed and shared the petition.

Ondine J (134)
Monday August 31, 2015, 9:00 pm
Noted and signed, thanks Christine

Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (44)
Monday August 31, 2015, 9:20 pm
Signed & noted.. This region is India's most backward, so no surprises there.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 1, 2015, 12:00 am
Noted and signed

Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday September 1, 2015, 2:29 am
Insanity - as punishment for their brother's "crime".
One of the Indian women sentenced to be gang-raped speaks of her fear
One of the sisters sentenced to be gang-raped in India has spoken out about her terrifying ordeal.

Meenakshi Kumari, 23, and her 15-year-old sister fled her village after the elders decided they were to be gang-raped as punishment for their brother who ran away with a married woman.

She now lives in fear that someone will come for them and bring them back to the village to face the vile form of ‘justice’.

‘How will we ever return home or to our village? If we ever return they will harm us or rape us. If not today then in the future,’ she said.

She believes their escape will have ‘humiliated’ the un-elected elders, claiming that they will ‘not forget this humiliation. They want their revenge’.

The trouble started because the girls’ brother, 25-year-old Sumit Kumar, is of a lower caste than the woman he ran away with.

The family has appealed to India’s Supreme Court from their hiding place, begging to be saved from the horrific punishment.

Despite the constant fear, Meenakshi says she doesn’t blame her brother for his actions.

‘Loving someone is not wrong,’ she said.

I do hope that not only the Supreme Court intervenes but also that these two are given the protection and help that they need in order to start a new life far from their village ....

Because even if the Court intervenes, they won't be able to return safely ....

Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday September 1, 2015, 2:47 am
Signed, of course! Thanks, Christeen!

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Tuesday September 1, 2015, 3:56 am
I came across this post & signed just a short time before getting Evelyn's alert! Thanks, Evelyn, for getting the word out on this outrageous sentence! Thanks, Christeen, for posting.

Once again, the poisonous caste system turns out to be the root cause of atrocities and injustices. Many of the horrendous rapes in India are perpetrated on young women and girls belonging to so-called 'lower' castes, which somehow justifies raping (and often subsequently murdering) them in the perpetrators' view. And justifies local law enforcement's failure to investigate and find those guilty of the brutal crimes... particularly when local police share the same caste affiliation as the perpetrators.

Sentencing sisters to such a punishment goes beyond anything I could ever have imagined! Beyond human decency... Thank goodness Amnesty is on the case. I've read "the petition has attracted more than 80,000 signatures." (

We can only hope that the petition and the family's appeal to the Supreme Court will reverse the situation & provide protection for these girls. With India's leaders supposedly now taking a hard line against rape, given the virtual rape epidemic that has mobilized thousands of concerned Indian citizens, how can they fail to act against a council of elders using rape as a legitimate punishment?

I think those elders should get some form of punishment! What about throwing them all into prison for a couple of months for inciting to commit a ghastly crime?

Jennifer Manzi (175)
Tuesday September 1, 2015, 4:05 am
tyfs, noted

Laurie-Ann O'Connor (52)
Tuesday September 1, 2015, 4:48 am
Noted & signed, thanks for posting it.

Lona G (67)
Tuesday September 1, 2015, 5:12 am
Words fail me. S&N

Kathryn M (108)
Tuesday September 1, 2015, 5:18 am
Signed yesterday. Noted. Words fail me, too.

Liv B (0)
Tuesday September 1, 2015, 5:35 am
Signed and shared on FB, thanks

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday September 1, 2015, 6:59 am
Of course signed ! thank you all!

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday September 1, 2015, 7:06 am
( got prematurely submitted) Of course signed, thanks for posting and alerting! As much talk and actions there have been over the last year or two about this very issue, the crime of rape in India, this is plain incomprehensible!

LF F (2)
Tuesday September 1, 2015, 7:50 am
We can't control the acts of others. These poor girls did nothing and have the weight of their world on their shoulders. The immoral and unjust are judging the innocence and meek.

Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday September 1, 2015, 9:35 am
Abuse of power -
It can happen (in different ways) in any country, any culture ....

In this particular case, the problem is the power of the high caste family .... but elsewhere it would be the rich family, or the white family, or whatever the local structure endowing power may be .....

It's sad to see some condemning India & its culture as a whole for the rigid, intolerant and abusive behaviour of the powerful "elders" of this village. I do hope that the authorities will take necessary steps to condemn these irresponsible leaders ....

And I hope that some institution will take in the two sisters, provide them with the support necessary for them to make a clean and secure start somewhere far from their village.

Henry Silver (0)
Tuesday September 1, 2015, 9:56 am
Thank you kindly

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday September 1, 2015, 10:45 am
another one here at The Pettionsite

Lynn S (235)
Tuesday September 1, 2015, 1:03 pm
Signed of course.

There is another on the petitionsite 2 Sisters to be gang-raped

Angie, I got a blank page with your link so have posted again.

Darren, thanks for the Take Part article

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday September 1, 2015, 1:52 pm
Thanks Lynn! Indeed, strange, I should have checked,..though the url is correct and your link also returned a blank page for me, 3 times, but eventually it showed up! Guess a glitch..

Susan J (17)
Tuesday September 1, 2015, 3:37 pm
Noted and signed.Thanks.

Suki Knight (46)
Tuesday September 1, 2015, 5:53 pm
Signed and shared. Suki

Thomaz de Aquin Alves Fonseca (59)
Tuesday September 1, 2015, 6:01 pm
Christine, done ... signed ans shared with all my ferinds. thanks!

Fran F (116)
Tuesday September 1, 2015, 6:53 pm
Signed and noted. Thank you, Christine!

Judy C (91)
Tuesday September 1, 2015, 7:52 pm
Signed. This is insane. Thanks Christine. Had also signed the one Angelica points out earlier today. Thanks Angelika.

Danguole D (114)
Tuesday September 1, 2015, 8:40 pm
Signed! In fact, it reappeared twice more and I signed each time.

That these sisters are being victimized for their brother's behaviour is unjust and cruel - and that their punishment consists of brutal sexual violence is an abomination. The ones who should be punished are the members of the non-elected all-male council - and an example should be made of them for concocting this vile and twisted "punishment".

Rhonda B (99)
Tuesday September 1, 2015, 11:11 pm
Signed & Noted. Thank you.

Antoinette G (53)
Wednesday September 2, 2015, 12:20 pm

Gustavo Castro Leal (101)
Wednesday September 2, 2015, 3:41 pm
Something without trying to disrespect any religious precept (?), because we can not accept, even in the Far East that such barbarism is just a secular law, shocks to the nth degree by the brutality of fact, the bestiality to punish anyone for the act committed by the other, and even more so by the proportion of the sentence in relation to the "crime." Caste apart, it was time India, which proposes developed nation - already possesses nuclear arsenal - enter the twentieth century with regard to their "millenarian habits". Shame on them.

Kai Bach (20)
Wednesday September 2, 2015, 4:42 pm
Thanks so much for sharing this Christine :)

Heather Ruckman (28)
Wednesday September 2, 2015, 10:25 pm
Signed & shared.

Ruhee B (73)
Thursday September 3, 2015, 12:41 pm
Noted - previously signed - thx Christine

Laura Martin (5)
Friday September 4, 2015, 5:36 pm
Signed, why this things are still happening???

federico bortoletto (44)
Saturday September 5, 2015, 12:21 pm
N & S

Gisela Gama (60)
Saturday September 5, 2015, 2:30 pm
Signed. Thank you

Marie P (205)
Tuesday September 8, 2015, 5:40 am
Shocking and disgusting barbaric behaviour, injustice and cruelty against humanity..


Darlene W (303)
Thursday September 10, 2015, 5:47 am
Noted and signed--bless all who care.

Jim M (38)
Friday October 9, 2015, 2:07 am

Jim M (38)
Friday October 9, 2015, 2:08 am
thank you

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday October 30, 2016, 11:39 am
Why are so many old stories and articles suddenly being pulled up for headline news, while current news is being lost?

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday October 30, 2016, 4:14 pm
Agreed, especially, when it looks like those engaging in this behavior are leaving nothing of any substantial value.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Thursday November 10, 2016, 3:27 am
This is strange to say the least!
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