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Despicable crime

Rape & Remedy ‘ by Vandana Shukla (Perspective, September 18 ) was both alarming and an eye opener. The ugly crime is a blot on civilised society, is even more brutal than murder but appears to be on the rise. Whether it is committed by people with psychiatric disorders or for revenge or they are driven by lust, there is no denial of the urgency to combat it. The loopholes in the law need to be plugged and possibly the government should take a fresh look at legalising the red light districts. But, above all, the youth need to be educated better and taught to respect women and uphold human values.

A.K. Sharma, Chandigarh

Capital punishment

In Rape & Remedy”, Vandana Shukla has rightly raised doubts of misuse of the cash compensation scheme to rape victims. This is not going to solve the issue of increasing sexual assaults on women. Like the practice of offering blood money, it will only absolve the perpetrator of legal and moral responsibility and escape the consequences of committing a heinous crime, which is almost next to murder.

It has, however, been noticed that while ‘stranger rape’ has decreased substantially over the years, ‘acquaintance rape’ is on the increase and in such circumstances, the initiation and process of rape investigation depends much on the victim’s willingness and ability to report and describe a rape. Nothing short of capital punishment though is likely to curb this crime.

Harish K Monga, Ferozepur

Rock star

Yaahooo male-the original rock star by Devinder Bir Kaur (Saturday Extra 20th August, 2011) made for entertaining reading. It is not very well known that it was actually Prayag Raaj, who shouted ‘Yahoo!’ in the song, “Chahe Koi Mujhe Junglee Kahe…” in the studio while recording the song with Mohd Rafi for Subodh Mukherjee’s Junglee (1961). That cry took the nation’s youth by storm. Sharmila Tagore in Kashmir Ki Kali (1964) was only 14 years old when she signed the film in 1960 and Shammi Kapoor, her co-star, was 15 years older than her. The jaunty lady killer with bedroom eyes, the flamboyant hero with explosive energy, the inimitable song-and-dance man with a unique way with music are images powerful enough to defy time, to court a new generation of moviegoers and to inspire a new era of stars.

Ravi Chander Garg, Ludhiana

Educating the young

The interview of Dr. Inderjit Kaur by Perneet Singh and 
the portrayal of Aruna Roy by Harihar Swarup
( Oped, September 18) came as a breath of fresh air.

It is, therefore, possible to educate the young and inculcate in them human values; and there are still some educational institutions that groom students on moral values, besides imparting innovative education. The Akal Academy at Baru Sahib ( Himachal Pardesh) comes readily to mind. The students from here are disciplined and have done very well for themselves.

Gurmit Singh Saini, Mohali

Money & morals

Appropos the interview of Dr Inderjeet Kaur ( Oped, September 18), it was inspiring to read about her work and share her opinion. Dr Kaur has dedicated herself for the welfare of the destitutes, the sick and the disabled and is right when she says that there is urgent need to propagate our religion in the correct perspective. There used to be a “Neeti” (Moral education) period during the 60s which needs to be revived in our education system.

Harish Dido, 5661A, Sector 38 West,Chandigarh

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