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Time to book culprits of Mumbai riots

The editorial “Munnabhai goes to jail” (Aug 1) rightly opined that in the light of punishments awarded in the Mumbai bomb blasts case by the Special TADA court, the Maharashtra government should take the Srikrishna Commission report to its logical conclusion. It is most important to punish those responsible for the Mumbai communal riots in 1993 since there is a link between the two happenings.

The reports of various other commissions have been gathering dust. One never knows when these would be implemented. These reports are, Justice P. Jaganmohan Reddy Commission of inquiry on Ahmedabad riots (1969), Justice D. P. Madan Commission report on Bhiwandi riots (1970), Justice P. Venugopal Commission report on Kanyakumari riots (1982), and Justice Vithayathil Commission report on Jamshedpur riots (1979).

The report of the Commission on Gujarat riots is also awaited. These reports should be processed for further action. The sooner it is done the sooner it would be for our democracy.

G. S. BAL, Jalandhar


 

II

It is but natural that when a system fails, people take the law into their hands. If all are equal before the law, as we now claim after the persons responsible for bomb blasts case are punished, why have the people indicted in the Srikrishna Commission report not been brought to justice so far?

Until and unless the perpetrators of the communal riots are brought to book, our judiciary will continue to be accused of following a dual system of dispensation of justice and successive governments of resorting to political expedience and opportunism.

SACHDI NANDA, Chandigarh

III

Sanjay Dutt has been finally sentenced mainly because of his foolishness and overacting in the real world when such a thing was a matter of joy in the celluloid world.

Ignorance of law is no excuse because such a plea can also be available to a top jurist. Sanjay Dutt has not been left without remedy. He may have applied for bail before the Supreme Court. But then, legal experts should also examine whether the Governor of Maharashtra has got the power to remit Sanjay Dutt’s sentence under Article 161 of the Constitution.

VISHWANATH SHARMA, Advocate, Mandi

IV

Six years rigorous imprisonment for Sanjay Dutt is unfair. The jail term of 16 months having already served by him was, in my views, enough for the crime he had committed 14 years ago. He didn’t fire a single shot from AK-56 assault rifle.

In contrast, I have come across police personnel bringing police escort vehicles to regular marriage bands and also firing in the air from AK-47s in full public view during functions to display their power and authority. I wonder how the law of the land is not applicable to them.

B.P. S. WARIACH, Chandigarh

Need to widen the road

The twin cities of Yamunanagar and Jagadhari are fast expanding. Yamunanagar is not just district headquarters. It is also an important education centre in this region. It is close to the Uttar Pradesh border and is also the gateway to Himachal Pradesh. It is close to Paonta Sahib, Nahan and other places.

As many developmental works have been taken up, there has been an increase in the volume of traffic on the Jagadhari-Ambala road. The vehicular traffic has increased so much, especially during peak hours, that there is virtually no space on this road for pedestrians and two-wheeler users. The present two-way road is unable to meet the traffic demand and has become accident-prone. The authorities concerned should widen it and make it a four-lane road in the larger interest of the region.

SUNIL MINOCHA, Chandigarh

Sex education

A number of self-styled moralists like Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav are not in favour of sex education in the country. Opposition to sex education is unfortunate and even against the health of the younger generation (Editorial, “Renuka vs Lalu”, July 19).

The first HIV case was detected in Chennai in 1986. After 20 years, reports suggested that India had 5.76 million HIV positive cases. Now Union Health Minister A. Ramadoss says that India has 2.5 million HIV positive cases. However, it does not matter how many are positive. The fact is that there is a problem with HIV in India.

Education has already proved to be effective and necessary for HIV positive patients to help them live with the virus and for those who are negative to enable them to protect themselves from HIV. I am of the firm opinion that students should be given sex education after Standard X so that they can protect themselves from diseases like HIV/AIDS.

Dr AJAY BAGGA, Hoshiarpur

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There is no need of sex education in schools. It shall vitiate the atmosphere in schools and colleges. In our religious scriptures, it is explicitly mentioned that sex is meant for producing children and every couple is aware of the process to fulfil their duty. Sex is not for pastime and merrymaking for the youth.

Nowadays, youngsters learn a lot from five-star hotels, dancing clubs, night clubs and Internet. There is also a heavy load of sex in TV ads and films. Our religion and moral values teach us celibacy or brahmacharya and pure normal life during education.

Innocent school children should not be taught and involved in such cheap instincts. They should be allowed to have a healthy and pure mind and concentrate on their academic career first.

NAMITA SOOD, Tarn Taran

 
 


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