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Ruchika case: media played pivotal role

This refers to the editorial and news items on the Ruchika case verdict (May 28). The Ruchika molestation case will go down in the history of India’s judiciary in which the parents of the victim’s friend steered the case to its logical culmination. Relatives, friends and advocates deserve credit for pursuing this case with rare tenacity and doggedness for the last 20 years.

Braving a man like Rathore, who has much influence in the government machinery, speaks of the grit and determination to get him adequately punished for the molestation of an innocent girl. All said is less for the role of the media, which became the catalyst and provided timely oxygen and much-needed publicity to this otherwise highly manipulated case. The media vociferously stressed that justice must be meted out and without any further delay.

Whatever are the compulsions of the judicial system, there is a sharp contrast in the punishment of 18 months in jail handed out to Rathore and the agony Ruchika and her family endured for 20 years. However, the right message has been given to society.

Dr Soshil Rattan, Amritsar

Mid-day meal

With reference to the report “Give morning meal to school kids” (May 25), I would like to say that Punjabis are well known for their healthy diet and eating lifestyle, but there is dire need for providing more nutritious food enriched with proteins to the growing children under the mid-day meal scheme. In the past, it had been observed that the quality of food being served was not good. Even the iron pills given to the school children in Amritsar and Batala had led to their falling ill.

From such services, it has been observed that neither the suppliers nor the organisers are sincere in their duty. I would suggest that instead of providing the cooked meal in schools, the children should be provided a stipend on this account.With these arrangements, the parents can give better food to their wards and it will also relieve the teachers and the government of their major burden.


Canadian comment

Apropos of the editorial “Canadian arrogance” (May 24), I want to say that the grant of Immigration viz. permanent residency to a foreigner is the sovereign and un-alienable prerogative of every country. This can be refused even without assigning any reason. However, the adverse comment on the Indian Border Security Force given in the letter refusing immigration to Canada to Mr Fateh Singh Pandher is unfortunate and undiplomatic.

Canada has the most liberal immigration laws, which lure our people to marry their sons/daughters to Canadians for smooth and legal immigration of the whole family to that country. Once in Canada after marriage, these young men/women sponsor their parents and younger siblings who immigrate to Canada in a few years. After 10 years of stay in Canada both parents start receiving monthly old age supplement (pension) of $1000 each.

Now that the pride of Mr Pandher has been hurt due to aspersions on the functioning of the BSF, he, as patriotic Indian, should not accept any Canadian immigration in future even if offered on a platter. Will he?

S.S. Beniwal, Chandigarh

Talks and terrorism

Earlier we talked of talks. Now we are talking of reducing trust deficit. There is no harm in resuming dialogue with Islamabad as it is the only sensible way of resolving our differences. But the important thing is sincerity which is lacking in out talks.

Earlier during Foreign Secretary-level talks, the Islamabad representative appeared interested more in addressing the Indian media than discussing important issues during bilateral talks. He looked eager to score brownie points. If the US and Russia were successful in ending their animosity of the Cold War era, it was because they were sincere in their efforts.

People enjoying power in Pakistan do not see anything wrong in the conduct of Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind behind 26/11 and the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiyaba, even when he openly declares jihad against India. The Pakistan Government has failed to eliminate terrorist outfits from its soil as their terrorist infrastructure is still intact. Let Pakistan understand that talks and terrorism cannot go hand in hand.

Arvind Hastir, Gurdaspur

An unnoticed tragedy

The collapse of an under-construction chimney at the Paricha thermal plant on May 24 in Uttar Pradesh seems to have escaped the attention of The Tribune. This accident is a repeat of the collapse of a chimney at the BALCO plant in Madhya Pradesh last September. But such failures in quick succession seem to be not enough to awaken the authorities.

Being an insider of the construction industry, I am of the considered view that the corruption prevalent in the construction industry is taking its toll and the real cause of collapse is the slender design and total lack of quality control. These things are the byproducts of corruption in the form of cuts and commissions widely
prevalent and being considered almost legally permissible.

We are blindly adopting the Western model in the matter of construction of mega projects with the input of Indian integrity. Such failures, therefore, seem to be in waiting as a huge construction programme relating to power projects in the private sector is underway. It is for Central and state governments to evolve a foolproof mechanism and regulatory framework to arrest the rot. This can help avoid the loss of human lives.

S C CHABBA, Patiala



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