Dowry seekers must be put behind bars

I read the editorial “Amitoz says No” (Oct 29). I appreciate Amitoz’s bold and courageous stand in rejecting the NRI groom, a doctor based in the US, for having demanded hefty dowry. The best solution to the dowry problem is to put all the dowry seekers behind bars.

Today, it’s a fast paced life where people cut corners and follow shortcuts to make easy money. They don’t bother about laws, rules and regulations. Seeking (or demanding) dowry is one shortcut. Though dowry is illegal gratification and is punishable under the law, people care two hoots about it. They don’t feel ashamed while asking for dowry. I would like to ask one question to all dowry seekers: Have you put your sons on sale or auction?

A girl leaves back her family to join her husband and in-laws. However, instead of giving her warm welcome, she is treated this way. The authorities should take strong action against all those who demand dowry. Only then, we can tackle this menace.


Enforce the ban

It was disheartening to read that nearly 15-16 million child labourers are working in India. MNCs like Gap are withdrawing Indian goods from their shelves only because they are manufactured from the hands of an infant.

The carpet industry is suffering because foreign companies now think twice before importing goods from India. The Centre and the states should act immediately to stop this menace which might prove to be a hindrance for the development of the economy. Parliament has already enacted legislation to ban child labour. All that the government needs to do is to enforce the ban.  

ANIKET SINGH, Army Institute of Law, Mohali

Making stock market a safer place

SEBI is taking right steps to make the stock market a safer place. The entities which use the P-notes are not required to register with SEBI nor do they pay any taxes to the government. I would like to ask SEBI why there are two different parameters for trading in the Indian stock market. A retail investor needs to sign on agreement forms, submit photos and has to pay tax unless he holds for more than one year whereas entities dealing in P-notes are not required to fulfil any such formalities and they don’t pay taxes to the government on trades which are profitable.

SEBI should make rules on a par with retail investors for everybody whether they are FIIs or FIIs dealing with P-notes. Only this time there may be a Harshad Mehta or a Ketan Parekh operating from outside India and in all probability he may be a foreigner.

TUNEER BANERJEE, Salt Lake, Kolkata


Fringe benefit tax

According to many professionals, the word “deemed” in Section 115 WB (2) of the tax rules implies that every company or firm will have to pay the fringe benefit tax (FBT) and also file its return with tax audit. They feel the word “deemed” casts an obligation of FBT on the assessees concerned whether the employer has provided special facilities to the employees or not.

This is not the correct interpretation of law. If you read the entire provision, the basic ingredient to charge FBT only exists if the employer is really giving some benefit to the employee over and above his/her salary. Please do not read ‘deemed’ in isolation.

Previously, a clever method was being adopted by the corporate sector when they used to give big benefits to the employee apart from salary and they charged the value of benefits in their trading expenses. To plug this loophole, the legislation used the word ‘deemed’. It neither covers nor the legislature intended so, cases where no actual benefit is being given to the employees.

SUBASH KHANNA, Ferozepore City

Shocking report

It was shocking to read the news-item, “Record of pregnant women: It is not possible, say nursing homes”. More shocking was the response of the IMA president, Ludhiana.

I am a Veterinary Surgeon in the US and it is mandatory to keep record of each and every procedure performed on each animal. Not complying with the record-keeping policy is considered a malpractice. There are many excuses if intentions are bad. As a result of bad deeds of these cheap, emotionless people doing the scans, we have lost lots of unborn daughters. This is the height of unprofessionalism.


Honest officer

After a long time, Ludhiana got an honest and diligent sub-registrar. We, the ex-servicemen, appreciate the officer’s work ethic. But we are highly disappointed over the attitude of some greedy dealers. For correct sale deeds, we appeal to all Ludhianvis. The district administration should help the Sub-Registrar in his work.

Maj SHER SINGH AULAKH (retd), Ludhiana

Laudable work

Global warming and climate change have emerged as the biggest threats to the biosphere and to life. The role of the IPCC and of Mr Al Gore in this is laudable. It is their work that has brought the issue of climate change to the centre-stage.

This year’s report of the IPCC, headed by Dr R.K. Pachauri, gives incontrovertible proof that climate change is occurring. This has also predicted dire consequences within a few short decades if counter-measures are not taken. It has made people and governments sit up and take the phenomenon seriously.

Similarly, Mr Gore has lent his stature and intellect to the cause. Hopefully, the problem will begin to be addressed now. Or humankind will go the way of dinosaurs. Indeed, global warming is a Nobel cause.

A. MEGHANA, Hyderabad



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