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Posted at: Aug 20, 2017, 12:14 AM; last updated: Aug 20, 2017, 1:03 AM (IST)

Helpless against system

The Varnika Kundu stalking case wouldn’t have made headlines for sure had both the victim and the accused not been from influential families (Kaffeeklatsch: ‘The new Barala Syndrome…’). But what’s even more disturbing is what the victim’s father, a senior IAS officer, said:  that the fight for justice won’t be easy. Imagine if a senior bureaucrat is feeling helpless against the system, what would be the plight of the common man? 

Prem Nath Gupta, Sangrur


Varnika Kundu has displayed a novel version of feminism by being active, daring, uninhibited, unyielding and candid in the stalking case. She deserves all praise for standing firmly against patriarchal ills ingrained in the Indian society. Any attempt to malign her identity or image will be a poor reflection on our culture.

Satyawan Malik, Jind


It is unfortunate that wards of VVIPs take undue advantage of their parents’ position and undermine the law with impunity. It’s a shame that even the police develop cold feet in such high-profile cases and wait for directions from the high-ups instead of going strictly by law.

RK Kapoor, Chandigarh

Ansari’s faux pas

Hamid Ansari made a farewell faux pas with his Muslim insecurity remark (As I Please: ‘Ansari’s farewell ended on sour note’). He could have aired his views during his 10-year tenure while heading the second highest Constitutional office. Did he suppress his inner voice all this while to not risk his second term? The timing of his remark raises such a question. He should have refrained from ending his tenure on a controversial note.

Lal Singh, Via Email

Stronger Opposition

It is in the interest of the country to have a strong Opposition. At present, the Narendra Modi government is having a walkover on several major issues in the absence of a strong and united Opposition, which is an unhealthy trend in a democratic setup. The onus, therefore, lies on the Congress to revive itself in the nation’s interest. Under the present leadership of Sonia Gandhi, the Congress’ chances of revival seem almost zero. The Congress, therefore, must look beyond the Gandhi family.

M Kumar, New Delhi

Women must speak up

Varnika Kundu was stalked on wheels. One can imagine what would have been the outcome if the victim had been on foot (Take My Word: ‘Walking the talk on stalking’). Stalking cases across the country are on the rise as women do not come forward and hesitate to report such incidents to the police. As long as women don’t speak up against the wrong being done to them, they will remain an easy target. Laws can protect, but a victim has to be bold enough to approach the authorities.  

Prakash Hanspaul, Batala

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