Women and Health Together for the Future

 Statement on the Rape and Murder of Dr. Priyanka Reddy, India

Call for Immediate and Sustainable Interventions to Protect Women Health Care Providers Against all forms of Gender Based Violence Worldwide

 Issued by:  Women and Health Together for the Future

We, the undersigned medical students, health professionals, academics, activists, and progressive groups around the world, are outraged by the rape and murder of Veterinary Doctor Priyanka Reddy from Telangana, India. We strongly demand that justice is done in this and all other cases of sexual violence and the perpetrators are punished. This incident is not an isolated one with shockingly similar crimes occurring in many other countries and sexual assault occurring with frightening regularity in India. Adivasi and Dalit women and those working in the unorganized sector, women with disabilities, trans people, and sex workers are especially targeted with impunity – it is well known that the complaints of sexual assault they file are simply disregarded.

We urge that the wheels of justice turn not only to incidents such as the Priyanka Reddy Case but to the epidemic of sexual violence that threatens all of us. We need to evolve punishments that act as true deterrents to the very large number of men who commit these crimes. Our stance is not anti-punishment but against the State executing the death penalty. The fact that cases of rape have a conviction rate of as low as 25% shows that perpetrators of sexual violence enjoy a high degree of impunity, including being freed of charges.

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About the association

Committed women and men from diverse

professions: academics, community

organizers and activists from over 22

countries who educate, advocate and

implement programs to improve women’s

health around the globe.


Address of association

Women and Health Together for the Future (WHTF)


Community Health Science

University of The Western Cape

Robert Sobukwe Road

Bellville, Cape Town

7535

South Africa



Global Health Education, Training and Service (GHETS)

8 North Main Street

Attleboro Massachusetts 02703

508-472-2809

Fax 425-699-7033

Skype degilman



http://www.ghets.org

Contacts

Dr. Hester Julie

Executive Director, WHTF

hjulie@uwc.ac.za


Dr. Judy Lewis

Chair, WHTF 

lewisj@uchc.edu


Micarla Abrahams

Administrative Staff, WHTF

micarlaabrahams@gmail.com


Kamayani Bali Mahabal

Digital Head, WHTF

whtf.socialmedia@gmail.com



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