SPECIAL COVERAGE
CHANDIGARH

LUDHIANA

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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
L E T T E R S    T O    T H E    E D I T O R

Daughters have every right to be born

It is ironical that the more educated and advanced our society (editorial “Bearing daughters”, May 16) is, the more inhuman, cold-blooded and insensitive it becomes in its attitude towards the fair sex. Dr Mitu Khurana was ill-treated by her doctor-husband because she was carrying twin daughters in her womb. If this is how biased a man, a doctor by profession, can be towards unborn daughters, the attitude of an illiterate person can be well imagined.

I wish Dr Mitu would succeed in her crusade against female foeticide. Sadly, the practice of female foeticide is widespread in our rapidly “progressing” society. The craze for a son is resulting in the “murder” of unborn girls. Dr Mitu’s refusal to abort her twin-daughters cost her dearly. However, she has set an example for other women to follow. May her tribe increase!




The present laws follow a circuitous and tedious procedure to bring the guilty to book and invariably the culprits go scot-free. More stringent legislative and social measures are required to curb this rampant evil.

Fast track courts should be set up to deal with such cases. Clinics across the country must not be allowed to indulge in this hernous crime. Those doctors who are in cahoots with daughter killers should be identified and tried in a court of law.

TARSEM S BUMRAH, Batala

II

Dr Mitu Khurana deserves all praise. She not only resisted pressure to give birth to twin-daughters but also has been fighting a legal battle against her in-laws. Despite the law against female foeticide, even well-educated people are killing unborn girls.

You have rightly observed in the editorial that until female foeticide is dealt with as a crime in the same continuum as female infanticide or sati, gender imbalance will continue to grow. I appeal to the lawyers not to take up the cases of those involved in the abominable practice of female foeticide. No doubt, such people are killers.

SUBASH C TANEJA, Rohtak

III

Dr Mitu Khurana deserves kudos for her doggedness in exposing her doctor husband’s nefarious intentions. Her safeguarding of a mother’s right and daughter’s natural right to birth is laudable. By taking up the cudgels against her husband and in-laws she has given a befitting rebuff to all male chauvinists, and her action is an eye-opener. Sadly, the PCPNDT Act has not come to Dr Mitu’s rescue and justice continues to elude her.

Ironically, laws are being openly flouted by clinics across the country. The lackadaisical approach of the authorities, random raids on clinics and rare instances of punishment have led to the spread of the abominable practice. Only a governmental campaign on a war-footing can yield the desired results.

O P COUSHIK, Kurukshetra





Reserve seats for women

The number of women MPs elected to the 15th Lok Sabha has finally crossed the figure of 50, a unique distinction if one compares the number after the outcome of the previous general elections. But otherwise the figure is just a little over 10 per cent of the composition of the House.

Though the need to reserve seats for women in Parliament and the state legislatures was realised way back, the Bill that is aimed at providing for the reservation of one-third of the seats for women is yet to become law, thanks to the lackadaisical approach of different political parties. Different governments since 1996 have tried to get the Bill passed but without success.

Unfortunately, during public meetings, members of political parties advocate reservations for women, but they change their tone and stance once they are in the House. Their sole motive is to circumvent and delay the passage of the Bill.

It is hoped the new government pursues the legislation to its logical conclusion. Political empowerment is rightly perceived as a powerful tool for eliminating gender inequality and discrimination.

HEMANT KUMAR, Advocate, Ambala City

Promoting dynasty

While upsetting calculations of all political pundits, the anti-incumbency factor failed to touch a majority of the states. Unfortunately, Punjabi voters were not as lucky and had to cast negative votes. Successive governments in Punjab have failed to govern well. Most Punjabi leaders have a narrow agenda of fixing political opponents, personal vendetta and nepotism.

Punjab used to be the number one state but today it is lagging behind in many key parameters. While Punjabis have scripted many success stories, our political leaders have nothing to write home about. There seems to be an unwritten agreement between the two major political parties of Punjab not to perform so that both can get an equal opportunity to promote their dynasty.

DALJIT SINGH KALKAT, Chandigarh

 





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