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Threatened species

The institution of marriage is undoubtedly under threat, with live-in relationships and same-sex marriages. While prospective grooms are looking for earning wives, who can also cook, do household work and look glamorous, the brides too are possibly looking for princes and Greek gods (Looking for the elusive Mr Right, January 7). It all starts with them asking “what is s(he)”, followed by “who is s(he)” and waiting too long for the elusive Mr or Ms Right, ends by asking “ where is s(he) ?”

Dr M.M. Goel, Kurukshetra University

All’s not lost

The rational and thought-provoking analysis by N Jayaprakash Narayan ( All’s Not Lost, Perspective, January 8) rightly points out that there can be no looking back in the fight against corruption. In a situation where clerks are being nabbed with unaccounted property worth Rs 40 crore, we certainly need a strong anti-corruption mechanism. But this must come about without hectoring by the civil society or hedging by the political parties.

Dr Raj Bahadur Yadav, Fatehabad

The animal in man

Kishwar Desai ( Sluts in salwar kameez?, Oped, January 8) vividly brought out the medieval mindset of male India. The Andhra DGP was clearly looking for an alibi for the failure to stem the growing incidence of rape when he fumbled and blamed women for dressing ‘provocatively’(sic) in salwar-kameez. Ms Desai is right in saying that exemplary action should have been taken against the DGP.

Sahil Kashyap, Via e-mail


The slutwalk movement started when a Canadian police officer asserted that women should stop dressing like sluts, if they wanted to be safe. While it is true that the real issue is not what a woman does but what is done to her, I do not quite agree with the stand that women are free to wear what they like. Like it or not, we do dress up for others and just as casual dress is frowned upon in formal gatherings, provocative or poor dress sense of women can invite trouble. That does not mean we gloss over the threat to women. A recent global survey held India to be the fourth most dangerous place for women. It is a shame and we must fight to correct that perception.

Harish K. Monga, Ferozepur


Appropos “Sluts in Salwar Kameez ?” ( January 8, Oped), Kishwar desai is right in saying that no matter what women wear, they are invariably blamed for sexual assaults on them. Most of the victims of rape, one suspects, are not the ones dressed like sluts as suggested by the Andhra DGP. It is just that the men are essentially weak, lecherous and violent.

Anju D Anand, Solan


The fault ( Sluts in Salwar Kameez, January 8, Oped) lies squarely in the male species. Even in the animal kingdom, the male species are known for their violent and preemptory sexual assaults. But men are not expected to behave like animals or to allow the animal in them to dominate their senses. Unless the men stop looking at women as mere sex objects, the problem is unlikely to go away. They have to learn to respect women as human beings but how to make them learn is the question.

R.K. Kapoor, Chandigarh

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