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Ragging is a crime against humanity

The news-report “Ragging claims life of student” (March 10) by Lalit Mohan has shaken the conscience of the entire nation. It is unfortunate that the government authorities have been unable to curb the practice of ragging in the professional colleges. Every year many brilliant lives are lost due to the menace of ragging, which is rampant in all professional colleges in our country. Ragging had never been a part of culture. It is a western practice which has now faded even in western counties. Unfortunately, youth of our country is pandering to the western culture. The government should enact more stringent laws to curb this practice.

Parents of such students are equally responsible for not inculcating right values in their children. The society should boycott such students and their families as well. Ragging is a crime against humanity. Such students should be given deterrent punishment.

KS GURU, Chandigarh


Aman Kachroo died because of ragging by senior students. Ragging must be stopped. Many students have committed suicide because of ragging but no stringent action has been taken so far. The students who ragged Aman must be given deterrent punishment.

All colleges and schools must ensure zero- tolerance to ragging. The Supreme Court’s directive to stop financial grants to institutions where ragging incidents occur is laudable.


People’s power

The Long March in Pakistan has forced its reticent government to reinstate its deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry. For a change, the Army only watched from the sidelines and did not try to seize power. Mr Nawaz Sharif has emerged a clear winner and his popularity has zoomed several notches higher.

Even our mature democracy can learn a lesson or two from this successful march. To cleanse our system of the rotten, criminal and corrupt elements we have to rise above caste, creed, religion and even party lines and vote only for the right persons who value ethics.


Kasab’s rights

Rights and wrongs” (March 11) by Dr NM Ghatate goes out to prove that for all their training to be dispassionate and objective, lawyers as a class have failed to maintain their professionalism. Article 22(1) guarantees that no arrested person “shall be denied the right to consult, and to be defended by a legal practitioner of his choice.”

Among all the arguments advanced in favour of denying Ajmal Kasab, a terrorist the benefits of Article 22(1) is that he could be tried without a lawyer after declaring him an enemy alien or that he could be detained without the right of habeas corpus or that no human rights or fundamental liberties under the UN Charter and the Indian Constitution are made available to him. But the writer has forgotten to cite that this clause applies only when a war has been formally declared against another country.

KARAN GILL, Advocate, Pathankot


Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist, involved in the 26/11 Mumbai attack has got a right to trial because provisions of the Constitution contained in Article 21 are very clear on this issue. It provides that no one should be condemned unheard and the term “no person” does not debar a citizen of another country. We are a civilised country and it is on record that we have always given an opportunity of hearing to the arrested person. So, Kasab too should be allowed to have his say.

DALIP SINGH WASAN, Advocate, Patiala

Valuable tips

The Tribune has already been doing yeoman’s service to the people by providing them the latest news, views, reviews, opinion, surveys, etc without any bias, prejudice or partiality. Now it deserves accolades for giving valuable tips to the voters. This guidance will help them avoid pitfalls while exercising their franchise in the forthcoming general elections. The impending political instability can be minimised by snubbing politicians, who buy votes with money and indulge in platitudes and false promises.

Thus, people should vote for the candidates who believe in constructive action and not propaganda. The regional parties, which do not care for national unity and integrity, should be shunned. Defectors and turncoats ought to be rejected. Candidates seeking votes in the name of caste, colour, creed or religion should not be considered at all. It is our duty not to abstain from voting as it gives an advantage to anti-social candidates. We must exercise our right to vote under all circumstances. I thank The Tribune for starting the campaign “Your vote matters”. Indeed, forewarned is forearmed.




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