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Make emergency contraceptive pills more accessible!

A proposal is being considered by the Drugs Technical Advisory Committee to make Emergency Contraceptive Pills (ECPs), like the I-pill, available over the counter without a prescription throughout India. Having access to ECPs over the counter is important — many people across India rely on these pills when regular contraception, like condoms or birth control pills […]

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Governor of Karnataka: Please block Urban Development bill that threatens public spaces in our state!

UPDATE, 09/02/2017: Over 11,000 Jhatkaa members are asking Karnataka Governor Vala to stall the Karnataka Urban Development Authorities (Amendment) Bill, 2016 which will reduce public spaces like gardens and parks by 5%! The Governor of Karnataka Vajubhai Vala has done just that, for the second time(1) by sending the Bill back to the Legislature for […]

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Times of India – take down your sexist Tweet and apologise

Times of India at its sexist worst again. This is what they Tweeted to congratulate Trump on his election victory:  Times Of India, India’s most read English daily, is referring to Donald Trump’s quote that glorifies sexual assault and rape culture: “grab them by the pussy”.  Sign and share the petition asking TOI to take […]

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Shut down highly polluting Badarpur Thermal Power Plant

UPDATE- 17 March, 2017: The Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority, which was appointed by the Supreme Court, has given a nod to the reopening of the highly Badarpur Thermal Power Plant. But this plant will be functional upto July 2018 till the Tughlakabad sub-station is ready to power South Delhi. This is an emergency — […]

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Save Bangalore’s trees!

Watch this video by Citizen’s For Bangalore that showcases exactly what we stand to lose to the proposed steel flyover! #SteelFlyoverBEDA  UPDATE, 2nd March 2017: You brought down the dreaded steel flyover!! Media reports indicate that the Government has cancelled the plans for the flyover. This is what people power can do. Voices of thousands […]

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Lift ban on emergency contraceptive pills in Tamil Nadu

** Content warning: this page contains mentions of abortion and depression ** “I was denied ECP and I had to go through with an excruciating abortion and a period of depression” – Lavanya Narayanan Did you know that there’s a ban on Emergency Contraceptive Pills (ECPs), like the I-pill, in Tamil Nadu? It’s the only […]

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Roll back “surge pricing” for Indian Railway tickets!

The Railway Board has decided that making a profit is more important than ensuring that train fares are affordable to all. They are experimenting with a new plan for “flexi pricing” – something similar to surge pricing initiated by private cab aggregators like Uber and also by airline companies. Starting from 9th Sept, tickets for […]

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Lemon Tree Hotels – consent is not a joke

Bangalore’s Lemon Tree Hotel has put up this poster in their bathroom as a “joke”. Facebook user Anoushka Kapoor uploaded this photo and now the hotel is under fire for making a joke about consent. See it for yourself and sign the petition asking Lemon Tree to take the poster down and apologise publicly for putting […]

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No sexist pamphlets for women tourists

“For their own safety, women foreign tourists should not wear short dresses and skirts…” – Culture, and Tourism Minister, Mahesh Sharma  India’s Culture Minister, Mahesh Sharma, wants to create a “dos and dont’s” pamphlet that will be given to foreign tourists visiting India. The don’ts instruct women to not wear skirts and the do’s instruct […]

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Delhi CM Kejriwal: Conduct safety audits in homeless shelters!

Did you know that New Delhi, our capital city, has up to 2,46,000 homeless people? Every night more than 22,000 of these Indian citizens make their way to one of the 197 shelters across the city to find a place to sleep, safely. But in the Bangla Saheb women’s shelter, there are men outside, peeling […]

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Congratulations, Environment Minister Anil Dave!

Exciting news for India’s forests, wildlife and the communities who depend on them! Let’s welcome our new Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Mr. Anil Madhav Dave to #TeamSaveWesternGhats. Sign this card and show Minister Dave that we willing and eager to help the Ministry protect India’s valuable forests and biodiversity for generations to […]

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Uttarakhand Health Minister: Don’t spend Rs 25 crores of taxpayers’ money on a hunt for the Sanjeevani Booti!

Imagine you were the Health Minister of an Indian state. Your citizens handed over Rs. 25,00,00,000 of their hard earned money to you in the form of taxes. What would you do with it, keeping in mind that you have been entrusted with their well being? Would you sanction a Rs. 25 crore research project […]

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Defence Minister Parrikar: End use of pellet guns against civilians in Kashmir now!

~ Trigger Warning: This page contains graphic imagery and discusses violence ~ Breaking news: J&K Police and Central government forces had tested and approved in 2012 the acquisition of low-lethality riot-control equipment that could have prevented many casualties in the ongoing street violence in J&K according to documents obtained by The Indian Express. This is […]

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Rajinikanth: Ask Kabali fans to spread joy, not waste milk!

Superstar Rajinikanth’s new film Kabali is releasing this Friday and the Tamil Nadu Milk Dealers Employees Association (TNMDA) is worried that approximately 50,000 litres of milk will be wasted on the day of the release. Rajinikanth’s fans use milk to adorn his statues in the run up to and on the day of his films, and the […]

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OPEN CHALLENGE TO CHENNAI MAYOR DURAISAMY: CLEAN ONE SEWAGE PIPE

This is shocking: Chennai Mayor Saidai S Duraisamy wants to lift the ban on manual scavenging— the dangerous and degrading process of manually cleaning human waste and other waste by hand. Since the Mayor’s stand on this issue is ridiculous, let’s respond with something equally as ridiculous. Sign the petition to challenge Chennai Mayor Saidai […]

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Bangalore: Let’s end open garbage burning!

UPDATE: 5 months after we launched the #Bangaloreisburning campaign, BBMP Joint Commissioner (Solid Waste Management and Health) Sarfaraz Khan has issued penalty orders for open garbage burning! WE WON! Now every time a contractor burns garbage they will be fined. The order states that despite the fact that that BBMP has provided sufficient infrastructure for […]

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VICTORY – #UnileverSettles, but must still clean up its mercury mess

UPDATE: Unilever will be holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 20th April in the United Kingdom. Global CEO Paul Polman will be there to convince his shareholders of what a great job Unilever has done this year. But he still has one urgent item pending on his to-do list: clean up the mercury pollution […]

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Demand better air quality testing to fight air pollution

10 out of the 15 most polluted cities in the world are in India. This isn’t something that we can take lightly. Air pollution has lead to the death of o.65 million Indians in 2010 alone.It has also been found that exposure to air pollution reduces human life span by about 3 years. Join us […]

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TRAI Chairman — Disregard comments from Facebook’s “Save Free Basics” submission platform

“FB just listed an uncle’s account as having signed up to support Free Basics. He passed away two years ago.” — Harshal Modi, 3:58 PM – 18 Dec 2015 [1] “I was reading the page, and suddenly a ‘thank you for signing’ pops up.” — Suchitra Karthik, 11:48 AM – 18 Dec 2015 [2] Facebook […]

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Arvind Kejriwal – don’t reduce juvenile age or impose death penalty

The Delhi government will receive recommendations that may lead to the age of juvenile offenders to be reduced to 15, and for the death penalty to be imposed in cases where juveniles have committed rape or murder. This is a disastrous plan, and it will not stop rape. Experts have told us repeatedly that the […]

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School Girls Lathicharged For Demanding More Teachers

‘Police officer was heavily drunk… He pulled our clothes and abused us’ – Priyanka Swami, Class X,  Government School in Chauru, District Tonk, Rajasthan This is outrageous – Over 150 girls from Chauru (Aligarh), district Tonk, Rajasthan, were lathicharged by policemen while under protest for the lack of teachers in their school. Eight girls got […]

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Jhatkaa’s letter to Western Ghats Members of Parliament: Add your name

Honorable Member of Parliament, I’m writing to you today because I believe that as our elected representative from a key constituency of the Western Ghats region, you are one of the few people who can do something to safeguard these pristine forests and its people. Most people in this region are not unaware of what […]

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Unilever – take responsibility for Kodaikanal mercury poisoning

UPDATE: Polman’s response Jhatkaa member confronted Unilever’s CEO Paul Polman at the Paris Climate Conference and questioned him about his company’s actions in Kodaikanal. And this is what he had to say: “That [Kodaikanal] was 15 years ago, and well, there was no pollution. We have developed Kodaikanal and given people there a better life.” This […]

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Suspend Justice Devadass from all sexual assault cases!

This is outrageous — a convicted rapist has been released on bail by the Madras High Court to  “settle” the matter of his rape with the victim by ‘mediation’. Justice Devadass not only granted bail to the rapist, he did it so that the rapist can “participate in the (settlement) as a free man and […]

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Telecom Minister Prasad – Uphold Net Neutrality

UPDATES 16.07.2015 : The DoT report has just been released to the public. You can read an abridged version here. Please sign the petition to Minister RS Prasad asking him to uphold net neutrality. TRAI Consultation Process Paused: In April, we used the SaveTheInternet.in website to email the TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India). Despite getting over […]

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Flipkart — stand up for net neutrality!

VICTORY: We received an email from the Vice President of Flipkart personally informing us about Flipkart’s public announcement today to back out of “Airtel Zero”. He said that the organization had a very rick internal debate on the values of their company, and that they’re pleased to join the net neutrality cause. Read the full […]

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No Secret Internet Censorship!

The Government has just tried to defend and push for Section 66A in front of the Supreme Court. What does this mean? Section 66A punishes people with three years in jail if they’re found guilty of “annoyance or inconvenience” on social media. Who decides what’s an “annoyance”? The Government. This law has already been used […]

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Don’t scrap the Rape Crisis Centres!

Last year, the Modi government announced that they would set up 660 Rape Crisis Centres across the country, where victims of sexual violence could be counselled, treated and rehabilitated. But today, they have effectively trashed the entire project — they’re only allowing 36 of these Centres to be set up. The media is already calling […]

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TRAI – uphold net neutrality!

BIG NEWS: Telecom Minister Prasad has just come out saying the Government is in favour of maintaining net neutrality. While the Minister’s support is good news, the Telecom Regulatory Authority’s (TRAI) upcoming consultation paper will make or break net neutrality in this country. Sign the petition and call on TRAI to keep the Internet free […]

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Pledge Against Moral Policing

Do you want to quickly get married? Are you the impatient type that just can’t be bothered with all of that silly romance stuff? Well, extreme right-wing group, Hindu Mahasabha, just might have the solution to your relationship dilemma: They’re warning that any couples celebrating Valentine’s Day will face a variety of punishments — including […]

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Keep sexism out of the Times of India

With the negative attention on them dying down, the Times of India could return to writing content that demeans and humiliates women. That’s why we’re forming a TOI monitoring team — to continue to shine a bright light on the Times and hold it accountable to the ethical norms Indians expect of their leading newspaper. […]

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Minister Rijiju — take decisive action to curb racial violence!

“On Bezbaruah [report], you [Jhatkaa] asked us ten times a day “what is happening”, “what are you doing on it”, “you promised to implement it” and this put constant pressure on us to fulfil the promises and statements we made.” — Ajay Kanojia, Deputy Director, Northeast Division, Home Ministry VICTORY:  Jhatkaa volunteers had a meeting with the Home Ministry in […]

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Times of India — Stop Sexist Articles!

The Times of India won’t stop. It’s been six days since actress, Deepika Padukone, slammed the newspaper for publishing a news story on her cleavage, and Times of India is still coming out with sexist articles. We can’t let them continue to do this. Add your name and send a strong statement to the Editor […]

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Save the Western Ghats!

The Western Ghats, our richest forest region whose rivers are the lifeline for 200 million Indians is under serious threat. The government is going to decide on how much of the forest it will open up for dirty development — but has conveniently failed to consult the public, especially those communities whose homes and livelihoods will […]

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Akhilesh Yadav: Take action on the rapes happening in your state — don’t pass the blame!

Sign now to demand that the UP government create and release a plan on how they will successfully address sexual assault in the next 60 days.

Clean the Ganga!

825 crore liters. That’s the amount of sewage that flows into the Ganga river and it’s tributaries everyday. 800 crores. That’s the amount of our money that has been spent by the government to clean the Ganga. Results? None. Because of inaction and bureaucracy.

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Speak Out Against Rape!

In the last few weeks alone, there have been five high-profile, horrific sexual attacks of women and girls in Delhi, Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh and Gurgaon– one of them a small child of just five years of age.

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Love is not a crime — Scrap Section 377!

The Supreme Court has upheld Section 377 which calls for imprisonment of anyone who “voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature”. This is an outdated 19th century law that is against freedom of choice, right to equality and right to privacy.

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Raise the poverty line!

Raj Babbar claims that one can buy a full meal in Mumbai for Rs 12 and we’re asking him to prove it. Babbar’s statement resulted from his attempt to defend Congress’s claim that poverty has declined to 22 per cent since the government came to power. By declaring the national poverty line at Rs.27, the government […]

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