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Insulate schools from sex maniacs

CLOSE on the heels of the Durjanpur incident, a teacher had raped a Class VIII student in Chudiala village of Haryana. This is a shame on the entire teaching community. The editorial “Outrage in Durjanpur” (Feb 10) was quite emphatic in condemning this disturbing trend in the schools. Clearly, the teachers, who ravished the girl students, are beasts, not human beings. By their outrageous act, they have besmirched the pious profession of teaching.

An Urdu bard had said: Ustaad to hon voh magar ustaadji na hon (They should be teachers, not roués). Can the honour of girl students be safe where teachers are sex maniacs? Do they deserve to be called nation builders? Severest possible punishment should be given to them. It is a pity that no teachers’ union has condemned this heinous act.

BHAGWAN SINGH, Qadian



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Of late, the incidence of rape of students by their own teachers has been on the increase. It makes one shudder in disbelief as to how the source of light and inspiration stoops to such a beastly act.

The function of a teacher, who is regarded an embodiment of knowledge, intelligence and sagacity, is to lead the child to its perfect development and not to make it a victim of his lust and lasciviousness.

Such black sheep ought to be isolated and given exemplary punishment to deter the prospective rapists before they pounce upon their next innocent, gullible and unwary prey. They should be castrated without any compassion.

TARSEM S. BUMRAH, Batala

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The rape of school students by their own teachers at Durjanpur in Jind district is shocking. Our innocent girls are not secure even in schools where a teacher is considered as God. Why such incidents of rape, dowry deaths, killing of female foetus and molestation of girls are increasing day by day? It is because no severe punishment is given to the culprits who roam freely after committing the crime.

The victims usually do not come forward to complain because of harassment and much delayed court proceedings. The culprits of such heinous crime must be given severest punishment to act as a deterrent. The government should protect the dignity and honour of the innocent girls through deterrent punishment to the teachers and other special measures.

NIRANJAN SINGH, Ropar

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Reports of rape show how unsafe are our girl students in Haryana. The Haryana government may introduce any number of schemes for the welfare of the girl students. But they will be of little value if the mindset of men does not change. Many girls in the state are unable to pursue education after Class X or XI as they feel insecure while travelling by a bus or riding bicycles. This is in contrast to neighbouring Punjab where girls freely go to schools by bicycles.

Why are the so-called Khap Panchayats keeping mum when such shameful incidents occur in Haryana with sickening regularity? Are these Khap Panchayats meant only for speaking against women and not for women? It is time the government and society did something towards the uplift of girls and women.

GIRISH GOPAL SINGH, Kaithal

 

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The shameful act has brought shame and disgrace to the teaching profession. Perhaps these teachers don’t know that the foundation of a nation lies on the strong character of our people. According to the Gandhian philosophy, the responsibility lies on our teachers who are revered as God.

I feel these teachers are criminals in the guise of teachers polluting the whole system of education. How can the Haryana government achieve the target of total literacy for girls if they are not safe in the temples of education?

The tainted and corrupt teachers should be given exemplary punishment. Male teachers should not be appointed in girls’ schools. Otherwise, it must be ensured that these teachers are of good moral character and integrity.

SUSHMA SINGLA, Yamunanagar

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Women are suffering at the very hands of those who are supposed to be providing them a secure future by giving them knowledge and making them aware of their surroundings. Ironically, the teachers who should be helping the students to grow in society are spoiling their life as in Durjanpur and Chudiala.

After this incident, how many parents would like to send their daughters to the schools? “A teacher burns himself to give light to others”, so goes the dictum. This seems to have lost its meaning. The teachers have always been considered “next to parents”. But it is hard to think like this now. These teachers are a blot on the noble profession. They should be punished severely.

ANCHAL GARG, Mansa

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No mercy should be shown to the teachers found guilty of rape. The authorities must ensure that schools are not rocked by reports of rape any more. Such incidents will create fear psychosis in the villages, forcing parents not to send their daughters to schools and consequently deprive them of their legitimate right to education and become good leaders of the country.

DASUYA PARTAP SINGH, Kainthan

Inculcating patriotism

The present generation does not know much about patriotism and nation building. The youth believe more in merry-making. They are in wilderness as they have lost their moorings.

However, when I found the youth shouting ‘Vande Mataram’, ‘Jai Hind’ and so on while watching the film Rang De Basanti recently, I was happy. The film has done a lot for the present generation on whose shoulders lie the country’s future. I thank Aamir Khan and all those involved in producing this film.

This film must be shown in every educational institution including the IIMs, the IITs and to our legislators. Patriotism is the need of the hour and Rang De Basanti can inculcate patriotism among the people to a great extent.

Dr NARESH RAJ, Patiala

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