Not long ago, Keenan and Reuben were
having dinner in Mumbai. It seemed like any other night, filled with
good food, friends and cricket. But within hours of finishing their
meal, they lay dying on the sidewalk after being stabbed over and over again.
This wasn’t just senseless violence. Keenan and Reuben lost their lives for standing up against sexual assault. They were murdered by the same men who were intent on sexually assaulting their friend.
Reuben lost a bright future. It is in their name that I ask you, local
and national leaders to ensure a non-bailable jail offence for the men
who killed my brother and my friend. We need to track such events which
take place in India everyday, we need to ensure mechanisms for proper implementation of the laws and make India a safer country for women.” - Benjamin Fernandez (witness, victim and Reuben’s brother)
Aisha Zakira has
started this urgent Change.org petition calling for justice -- and
together with friends and family of the victims, she’s calling on the
Chief Minister of Maharashtra to ensure strong steps are taken topunish those who sexually harass women and to introduce laws to curb sexual harassment in India.