Open letter to ipetitions.com on Censorship


Dear Alex

 I am  a human rights  activist and a  social media expert who  very avidly uses the potent weapon  of online petitions to strengthen the offline campaigns on various human rights violations. I have used almost all petition sites including yours.
Your site  is featuring  a very controversial petitions , which blow horns on the top on censorship “Remove ban against ‘The Satanic Verses’, which states that  The Satanic Verses’ is an epitome of free speech. Banning the book is as good as banning one’s right to have an opinion in the world’s largest democracy. For a long time, to appease vote banks, successive governements have been trying to suppress the right to speech and opinion by banning several books and pieces of art created by men of high intellectuality. Among these, the most famous and controversial one has been ‘The Satanic Verses’. Banning the book in the 20th century, the Indian government committed a huge blunder as it paved the way for several subsequent bans. It is high time we remove the ban and welcome Sir Rushdie amidst us. Once this petition is signed by at least 10,000 people, it will be sent to the Prime Ministers Office and the Rashtrapathi Bhavan. No efforts will be spared to unban this magnificient piece of prose. The government should realise that every piece of literature can entertain people and at the same time offend them. Spread the word!
Now, I want to ask you how can blow the horn against ban on satanic verses when you have banned a petition on your site “ For Release of   Waqar “, it reeks of  hypocrisy, you  washed your hands  off the petition  by immediately disabling it with a small message which states-
This petition is going offline in 48 hours.
 Hello, Unfortunately, our legal department has encountered some legal issues regarding your petition (http://www.ipetitions.com/ petition/release-waqar-ahmad/). We are forced to remove your petition from our site, otherwise we are subject to legal proceedings. The petition will be disabled for at least 48 hours prior to removal, but you will have access to its database during that period. We apologize once again. Thank you for your understanding. -Alex iPetitions Support-
 I would really like to know “ What  legal proceedings “ will be  initiated against you, if you had the free waqar petition  ?  W ho threatened you ? and why  you pulled out the  petition from the website, REALLY
 Either  you  protect   human   rights  fully, or please don’t  create a façade  in the name of  e activism. This is highly unexpected of an  e petition website ,which says it stands for the same values that our petition demanded, Justice and Freedom for all.
 Expecting a  reply  to my queries
Warm Regards
 Adv Kamayani Bali Mahabal
@ kracktivist

 

ps- this letter has been sent to support@ipetitions.com also

Free Waqar Now


 

Dear all

We had started an  e-petition  addressed to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to take up the case of this Kashmiri student, Waqar  and many like him lamguishing in priosn, at ipetition website, but our petition was pulled off with following message today

“Hello, Unfortunately, our legal department has encountered some legal issues regarding your petition (http://www.ipetitions.com/ petition/release-waqar-ahmad/). We are forced to remove your petition from our site, otherwise we are subject to legal proceedings. The petition will be disabled for at least 48 hours prior to removal, but you will have access to its database during that period. We apologize once again. Thank you for your understanding. -Alex iPetitions Support-iPetitions Support”

the important points to note in this case are

Important Points:

– The Indian State has booked Waqar under draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) that allows the state to jail anyone for two years without trail. Waqar is not a dreaded criminal but only any other college student who asks for his rights.

– The authorities in Indian-Held Kashmir have shifted Waqar to Kothbhawal Jail, more than 300 km from his home in Srinagar. When a person is detained under preventive law, he cannot be logdged more than 300 kms away from his place of residence, thereby flouting a law pronouced by Supreme Court of India.

– The Indian State has deprived Waqar of his education and is on verge of denting his bright career. It is important to mention that he has managed to get a high score despite being in Jail securing ‘A’ grade in the Final Year exam papers he has appeared in inside Jail.

We have started our petition again at teh change.org website , pl sign and share widely

Sign the pettion here

Faking Democracy- Free waqar now

 

 

 

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