Women don’t feel safe anywhere

I fully agree with the editorial assessment that women, especially girls, are not safe anywhere in the country (“Criminals as teachers”, Sept 1). What to speak of the backward regions when the symbols of our developed society, our cities and, above all, our national capital, New Delhi, are unsafe. Almost everyday, reports of abduction, molestation and rape hit the headlines.

One wonders what has gone wrong with our society. If the safest places, the temples of knowledge, are not safe for girls, what can we expect from lone streets, crowded markets, hotels, buses and trains? It seems a new world order is needed for women to live in secured freedom.

On its part, the government can make laws and ensure their strict enforcement. Still, the onus lies on society itself. The media can play a pivotal role by ensuring three things — censoring cheap movies, serials etc, not showing sex in the form of obscene advertisements, and by encouraging programmes which generate responsibility, patriotism and discipline among the youth. Society needs to curb its son fixation by desisting from female foeticide. And parents should inject high morals in their children.

ARVIND DHUMAL, Advocate, Jalandhar


The issue pertaining to screening of teachers has been rightly raised in the editorial. As education is fast expanding, the entry of uncivil and vulgar elements is on the increase. That is why, perhaps, the National Commission for Protection of Childrens’ Rights is not relying upon the judicious nature of the teacher to punish.

Depoliticisation  of teachers’ recruitment and debureaucratisation of educational administration are the need of the hour. This will help eradicate many of the ills and frills in the educational institutions.

This is the time, after having failed to implement the New Education Policy (1986) in toto, to seriously think over all the problems relating to the paradigm of school education. Revamping school education and revitalising teacher education should be given priority by the states. The Centre should also explore the possibility of creating the Indian Education Service, on the lines of the IAS, for the sake of consistency and commitment towards education at the direction and supervision level.

S. KUMAR, Panchkula


I am disturbed over the involvement of Delhi teacher Uma Khurana in the sex scandal. She has brought disgrace to the teaching profession. However, what Khurana has done is an exception and all the teachers should not be blamed for her wrongdoing.

The Delhi incident notwithstanding, a teacher is still regarded as the harbinger of social change, the upholder of values and a champion of truth and ethics. We need to find out the causes for such remorseful and improper behaviour on the part of the teacher concerned.

There is nothing wrong with the system. It is the people in charge of the system who have failed. Gone are the days when the appointment, selection, posting and promotion of teachers were made strictly on merit. Now political pressure and other extraneous factors have led to the entry of a few black sheep into the profession who have tarnished the image of the teachers.

M.L. DHAWAN, Chandigarh


The editorial rightly appealed to the public-turned mob not to take law into their hands under any provocation. But an irate mob is always blind and indulges in violence and arson to do instant justice. The police enters the field only after the damage is done. The judiciary also moves at a snail’s speed. In the meanwhile, perjury wreaks havoc and generally the criminals are acquitted due to the lack of evidence.

That’s why, the people have lost confidence in the police and the delayed justice. The people need to be educated to behave as law-abiding citizens and cooperate with the police, the civil administration and the judiciary. Only then, mobocracy fades away and democracy flourishes.

Teachers are nation builders, but a rotten apple spoils the entire basket. Constant vigilance and foolproof supervision on the part of the parents and heads of educational institutions are essential to stem the rot in this noble profession. In India, co-education is successful on the whole. Indian culture respects mothers, sisters and daughters. But our education system is Macaulay-made. It must be Indian-oriented. The American and European society is open and permissive. But our society prefers modesty, simplicity, morality, discipline and, above all, character.

Prof HARI SINGH, Kheri Jat (Jhajjar)

Piecemeal approach won’t do

YOUR assessment of Punjab’s flood problem is correct and timely (editorial, “Floods in Punjab: Water woes are manageable”, Aug 22). Yes, instead of piecemeal treatment of Punjab’s water woes, we need a comprehensive master plan covering Punjab’s water management issues including the flood related problems.

On July 1, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has directed the preparation of a plan on water resource management on priority. In this context, the Secretary, Irrigation and Power, has been directed to set up a committee of experts to consider the proposals and prepare the plan.

Why not include the flood problem also in that project? The committee would have to work hard to prepare the water management plan in just a month.

Dr G.S. DHILLON, Chandigarh

Bank balance

Various banks in the country arbitrarily raise the minimum balance in the accounts and don’t care to inform the account holders. And then, they impose a penalty. In the process, the account holder loses an appreciable amount of money.

This is reprehensible and the banks can be arraigned before the District Consumers Complaints Redressal Forum for punishment. The Reserve Bank should make it obligatory on the financial institutions to appraise their customers of any change in the rules.

GEETANJALI KORPAL, Advocate, Amritsar


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