The Pamela Anderson Foundation
1 December 2014
The Honourable Babulal Gaur . Home Minister - Ministry of Home - Vallabh Bhawan - Bhopal 462004 - Madhya Pradesh
Dear Mr. Gaur,
I am writing with a heavy heart after having learned about the plight of three young female People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India staff members who were violently attacked by a mob of men on September 22, 2014, in Bhopal simply for trying to do a social good.
I have been a supporter of PETA India and its international affiliates for many years. They work around the world to promote compassion for animals, ways to ensure good health for humans and the protection of the environment to people of all religions, ethnicities and walks of life. Promoting these positive values is a societal necessity and certainly not illegal in India, but attacking women is.
The young women, who are all in their 20s, were simply planning to hold a small peaceful awareness program and dialogue on the benefits of plant-based foods and on giving fruits, vegetables, legumes, breads and other such offerings to the poor. But before they could even start, the defenseless trio were hit with stones and other weapons; threatened with being stripped, raped and murdered; and molested, beaten, slapped, and pushed by a mob of men.
This abuse has shocked people around the world, but what has been even more shocking is that instead of arresting the attackers, authorities arrested the victims instead, causing them further trauma.
Please do everything in your power to stop the PETA India staff members from being further harassed by encouraging the police to file a closure report on the young women's case and to publish the facts of their innocence.