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Rape horror: Social deterrent needed

Another black day, another rape, another life destroyed. If this is what humanity has come down to, the world might  as well end. What is the future of a  country that treats its women  like  this?

There is a need for social deterrent.  Publicly  humiliating  the  culprits like  our very old mode of social punishment of blackening their faces with grease  and parading them on donkeys should  work. The word ‘rapist’ should be  painted on their houses in bold letters. Why just houses, ink a tattoo ‘rapist’ on their foreheads. There should be a  list of sexual offenders with their photos which should be made public.

The victim carries the stigma of being  raped all her life, whereas in reality, it  is the criminals who should be treated  as outcastes. The need of the hour is vigilance, both  on the part of the police and the people. All the vehicles should be checked after 6 pm. Suspiciously moving vehicles and persons should be detained immediately. We the people, not VIPs, need more police force to protect ourselves.



It is very encouraging to see that people across the country are coming in support of the 23-year old girl who was raped brutally. People like Sonia Gandhi, Jaya Bachchan, Sushma Swaraj and others are vociferously raising their voice against crime women face every day.

But why does our government wake up late. The respective state governments must accord highest priority to issues regarding women safety like rape, molestation, eve-teasing, dowry, foeticide, etc. Action should have taken been taken much earlier in umpteen cases which have happened so far.

Everyday we read about rape cases in one part of the country or the other, criminals keep raising their ugly heads because no strict action is taken against such ‘animals’.



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Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Shukla was seen casually smiling while addressing the Chair during discussions over the Delhi gang-rape issue in Parliament. His facial gesture reflects the insensitivity of politicians towards the sufferings of the masses. For politicians, it is just another issue to play to the gallery. We, the ordinary people, should hang our heads in shame for perpetually electing such people as our leaders, who come down from their pedestals and ivory towers only at the time of elections and do not have a feel of how an ordinary Indian survives.

HL SHARMA, Amritsar


A woman’s honour and dignity should not be allowed to be violated at any cost. She has the right to lead an honorable and peaceful life. Rape violates a woman’s most cherished human fundamental right, the right to life. Police statistics show more than 50,000 rapes are reported every year. There is one rape every 54 minutes in our country. As observed by Justice Arijit Pasayat, “While a murderer destroys the physical frame of the victim, a rapist degrades and defiles the soul of a helpless woman”.

KUSH KALRA, via e-mail


How long shall the state remain non-committal on its responsibility to let women enjoy their basic freedom? Is it not the government’s responsibility to ensure safety to its citizens? Are the people of India just going to hold candle marches, indulge in drawing room discussions and then sleep over such burning issue? The Delhi incident just goes to highlight the barbarism that prevails in our society. It would not be wrong to say that India has become a thoroughly uncivilised, patriarchal society.


Daunting task

Reviving of the Yamuna to its old glory seems to be a daunting task. Only a leadership worth its name can dare to reverse the damage. 22 drains in Delhi which reportedly spill muck into the sacred river need to be personally visited, seen and felt.

The suggestions in the editorial ‘For a clean Yamuna’ (December 13) seem easier said than done. The problem seems daunting but not impossible. If taken in the right earnest, it could bring unimaginable gains at many levels.

To achieve anything worthwhile in Yamuna cleaning, the problem needs a fresh look before we start cracking it in a determined and scientific manner. The gains would spill over to the other natural sources of water. The Supreme Court ’s directives in this regard need to be treated with a sense of purpose and urgency.


Ignoring merit

The only purpose of the promotion quota Bill is to strengthen vote bank. The UPA government, being weak to stand on its own feet, had to bend to the illegitimate demand of the BSP. Many would really appreciate the bold stand taken by BSP supremo Mayawati, who is otherwise not so forthright and straightforward on any issue.

The fruit of reservation will be eaten by the future generations of those who once needed it. The present Bill will add insult to injury to those individuals who can make a difference in governance by their skill of knowledge. Ignoring merit over reservation will definitely cause heartburn among majority of the people.




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