news Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | July 20, 2014 | 5:11 PM IST  The rape of a 6 year old and a 22 year old girl in Bangalore has stunned the city. As horrific crimes were reported one after the other and reports of police inaction also emerged, the disbelief and anger grew. This eventually brought many people of the city together- While some have taken to the streets, others are pouring their outrage on social media groups, but the larger message is the same - everyone wants solutions. Two petitions on the website change.org by two mothers has been receiving immense support. Pavithra Shetty who introduces herself as a mother of a three year old girl, says she is shocked, scared and outraged. Her petition to the Karnataka Education Minister Kimmane Ratnakar that has received almost 70,000 signatures, demands that the minister should issue a directive that all the schools must-  - Take full responsibility for the safety and security of all children during school hours- Form a sexual harassment committee comprising of teachers and parents- Conduct full background checks for all the employed and contractual staff- Install CCTV cameras in and around the school compound Many people from Bangalore city and other places have signed the petition echoing Pavithra Shetty’s concerns. A Priyanka Goswami says, "I am signing this petition with a belief that we will make change and make this city worth for living specially for woman." Another petition started by Maithreyi Nadanappa , who describes herself as mother of two daughters has also received more than 35,000 signatures in two days.  Maitreyi's petition to the Karnataka CM says she wants the Government to take concrete steps to make Bangalore safer for adults and children. "That’s why I started this petition on The petition urges the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to immediately announce a road map and a timeline for making Bangalore as well as whole of our country a safer society to live in", she says. The petition makes the following suggestions-  1. Creation of necessary Infrastructure that enhances safety of women 2. Staffing of Police station and investigation of crimes against women3. Special cell and hotline 4. Stringent laws, special fast track courts and increased judicial capacity5. Creation of a Database; Use of technology 6. Special session of the Legislature 7. Communication: Constant communication with public 8. Immediate release of Nirbhaya Funds by Union Government.  Regular people, most of whom have no political affiliations, have come out on the streets or voiced their anguish online. Forums on Facebook and petitions on Change.org are actively discussing solutions.  Preethi Herman, Country Lead, Change.org India says, “We’re witnessing how public outrage over these incidents has been converted into petitions with specific demands from the state and the central government. In less than 48 hours, more than 75,000 people have been mobilised on Change.org. We are confident this number will continue to grow rapidly to apply pressure on the government and schools to implement safety for children.” Though many people seem to be losing their faith in governance and policing, this is perhaps a way for citizens to reach out to the lawmakers, hoping that their suggestions will be heard. 

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