Satyamev Jayate petitions reach the Prime Minister
As promised, your petitions supporting the Vote for Change Campaign were handed over to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today by Mr. Aamir Khan.
We received over 3 crore Votes for Change from people across different parts of India and the world in support of key demands addressing the various issues highlighted in the episodes.
Prime Minister Modi gave an assurance that he would look into the matters raised. After the meeting, Mr. Khan said, “I have just come out of my meeting with Honorable Prime Minister of India, Shree Narendra Modiji. It was very kind of him to spare his valuable time. I have shared with him the overwhelming support that we got from people across the country through the Vote for Change Campaign on the various issues that we tackled in our show. He has assured me that he will look into all the matters.”
To each and every one of you who participated on this journey, THANK YOU!
Episode 1: Fighting Rape
The first episode of Satyamev Jayate Season 2, telecast on March 2, 2014, dealt with the issue of rape and underlined several systemic factors that act as roadblocks on the path to justice for survivors.
The Vote for Change campaign for this episode centred around three focal points:
- The setting up of One-Stop Crisis Centres in every district of India as per the guidelines recommended by the Justice Usha Mehra Commission.
- The creation of Vulnerable Witness Deposition Courtrooms across the country.
- A gender-sensitive, scientific and humane protocol for the medical examination of survivors of rape, to be uniformly implemented across the country.
Episode 2: Police
On March 9, 2014, the second episode was telecast and it dealt with the need for reforms in the police. In 21st century India, the system of policing is still by and large within the framework of the 1861 Police Act introduced during the colonial British Raj. The police continues to be a ruler’s police rather than a people’s police.
The Vote for Change campaign for this episode urged citizens to support the demand that the 2006 judgment of the Supreme Court in the case filed by former DGP, UP, Shri Prakash Singh be implemented and a people-friendly police force be created.
Episode 3: Don’t Waste Your Garbage
The third episode of Satyamev Jayate, telecast on March 16, 2014, dealt with one of the most shameful problems persisting in our cities and towns, viz: garbage and the scandalous state of solid waste management.
The Vote for Change campaign for this episode called upon people to support the demand that incinerator technology for burning waste be opposed and that state governments and union territories work towards implementing the Municipal Solid Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, 2000.
Episode 4: Kings Every Day
Telecast on March 23, 2014, the fourth episode dealt with the need for strengthening grassroots democracy and in particular, highlighted important measures to help fight corruption and increase public participation in governance.
The Vote for Change campaign for this episode urged citizens to lend their support to the demand for social audits of the government’s expenditure on social welfare, and the passing of the Public Services Grievances Bill which will help ensure that essential services are delivered in a time-bound manner to citizens.
Episode 5: Criminalization of Politics
Satyamev Jayate’s fifth episode, telecast on March 30 2014, dealt with the rampant criminalization of politics in our country.
The Vote for Change campaign for this episode called upon people to support the demand that the proposal of the Election Commission to debar candidates with serious criminal charges (with appropriate safeguards) is brought into effect and such candidates are not allowed to contest elections.