Stop the Amendment, Defend India’s Brave Whistleblowers!

Satendra Dubey

 

In 2003, Satyendra Dubey, an employee of the National Highways Authority of India was murdered for exposing corruption in the construction of national highways.

In 2005, Shanmugam Manjunath a sales officer with the Indian Oil Corporation was murdered for preventing the sale of adulterated petrol.

In 2018, Rachna Khaira was named in a criminal complaint for exposing major security flaws  in the Aadhaar database.

All three are whistle blowers who acted in the public interest and had to pay a heavy price. Whistle blowers who carry out such acts of courage will be at serious risk of harm if the amendment to the Whistle Blowers Protection Act, 2014 becomes the law. As a result, people will be reluctant to expose the truth, and wrongdoing by the state will continue.

Prime Minister Modi came to power in 2014 promising a transparent and corruption-free government. However, his government has gone back on its word by supporting this amendment that weakens the already inadequate whistle blower protections provided by the Act, and drastically increases the risks for whistle blowers.

The Amendment Bill has already been passed by the Lok Sabha in May 2015. It is currently pending before the Rajya Sabha. We are running out of time. Once the Bill is passed by the Rajya Sabha, it will become law and make whistleblowing much more unsafe.

We, the people of India, still have have the power to stop this Bill from passing.

Sign this petition and tell the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi to stop the passage of the Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015.

FURTHER READING

Activists Urge Rajya Sabha MPs Not to Pass Amended Whistleblowers Bill
Read the Whistle Blower Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015
Read our Press Release