To The House of Commons London SW1A 0AA
The Humble Petition of the Kesri Lehar Working Committee
Declares that we make this petition on behalf of the undersigned, to petition Parliament to hold a debate on ongoing and, disturbing atrocities that are being committed in the Republic of India, that, infringe the basic human rights of the minority communities, this includes but is not limited to the Sikhs, Christians, Muslims and Dalits (India‟s untouchables)
Although some of the issues have been addressed by the UK Parliament in the recent past, and raised with the Indian government, especially on the issue of the death sentence, little or no action has been taken by India.
This is evident from the recent revival of the Indian government agencies‟ acts of applying to the Indian judiciary, to upgrade the already sentenced Sikh prisoners, be sentenced to death by hanging. In contrast, non Sikh prisoners who have been sentenced to similar terms of imprisonment have been pardoned and released prematurely.
The contrast in the manner that the Indian government and its agencies‟ act clearly shows the discrimination towards different classes, and, races in India. This has enraged not only the diaspora that live here in the United Kingdom but also the wider community as a whole.
In the recent weeks, the Sikhs in Punjab, have been brutally beaten (“lathi charged”) and tortured when they stood out to be heard at street protests, where there have been at least 3 recorded shootings by the police, of unarmed Sikh teenagers who have been peacefully protesting against the government. While in contrast, the “Shiv Sena Group”, which is an anti-minority, fascist, pro Hindu group, has been allowed, and in many situations, provided security protection by the paramilitary and police forces, while making anti minority speeches and threats against the minority community. These again, clearly depict the discrimination against the minorities by the government of India.
Additionally, whilst news footage was originally shown here of the peaceful protests in Punjab, and the heavy handed reaction of the Indian Police and paramilitary forces, this was subsequently stopped and the incidents were no longer reported.
The most disturbing issue is the wide spread increase in custodial rapes in India, and the gang rape of girls and women, throughout India by the police, paramilitary and military forces. The recent rape of Christian girls and women in North East India by the police and its paramilitary forces, with no action against the rapists, has again confirmed the government‟s discriminatory action against minority races.
The petitioner(s) therefore request(s) that the House of Commons hold a debate in parliament on the issues raised above and subsequently bring them to light in the European Union and United Nations. Further, we request that the United Kingdom urge India to take immediate action to stop the Human Rights abuses facing minorities in India. Additionally we request that the UK together with the UN and EU request India to sign the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the UN charter against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment which encompasses the „death penalty‟ and thus have the death penalty abolished in India as it is now a Cruel, Inhumane and Degrading form of punishment in today‟s day and age. Moreover we urge you to appeal to India to stop Balwant Singh Rajoana‟s death sentence and that he be released from jail as he has served many years in custody. We further urge you to appeal to India to release all prisoners facing the same situation and those who have been imprisoned without a trial.
I think this text could be used as a template in other countries with Sikh populations for petitions in their local languages to their parliaments
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