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Youth: Spoiled by rich, neglected by poor parents

After consuming drinks and drugs, youth resort to crime which is a manifestation of their negative and shallow personality. Apart from what has been rightly emphasised in the editorial ‘Deter gang rapes’ (Feb 28), another reason for the rising rape cases amongst youth is lack of parental guidance.

The boys are spoilt by rich parents, and generally neglected by the poor. In either case, the teenagers resort to such crimes due to poor upbringing and a callous attitude.

Students consider drinking and late night parties as trendy, and parents turn a blind eye to their indiscipline. The answer lies in prompt punishment by speeding up court hearings. Apart from the police and the judiciary, parents need to realise their responsibility towards their children. Parents should communicate openly with their teenaged sons and daughters on a day to day basis to understand their feelings.

School and colleges authorities must also be always on the guard on the activities of students. A healthy society can help the youth trudge in the right direction.

Col R D Singh (retd), Ambala Cantt


It seems rape has become a norm in our country. The rapists are not being punished. The police indulge in throwing the blame on the victims instead of punishing those who commit such ghastly crimes. The Kolkata and Noida rape cases are glaring examples of defiance of law by those who are supposed to protect it. It is unbelievable that the policemen themselves are ignorant about laws.

The only option in these circumstances is castration of the rapists. Only harsh punishment will deter men indulging in forced sexual acts. The action should be swift and stiff.

At the same time, the courts have another responsibility of not letting unscrupulous women misuse the laws. It must be ensured that the honour and future of rape victims is protected.

R K KAPOOR, Chandigarh

Balancing act

Doing a balancing act seems to be the new judicial mantra (Joint responsibility, February 25). We saw a blame-all decision in the Ramlila crackdown case and a please-all verdict in the Army Chief age row case. The decisions might be just and fair but it gives rise to some questions.

If during a protest, the people get violent and burn or damage public property, it would be fair to hold the organisers equally blameworthy and asked to bear the penalty. But the situation at the Ramlila ground was different. Here, the people were fast asleep in the middle of the night, resorting to no violence. Should they also share the blame and the  compensation?

In the case of Army Chief’s age row, the apex court took pains to hammer out a compromise, but did not determine whether the General was born in 1951 or 1950.

Wg Cdr CL SEHGAL (retd), Jalandhar

Electorate power

MPs and MLAs generally belie the trust of the people besides burdening the exchequer. Due to absence of any provision to get rid of these elected members, people have to wait for the full term of the legislative body.

Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee while speaking at a seminar on ‘The Role of Parliamentary democracy in strengthening the nation’ very rightly underlined the need to incorporate the ‘right to recall’ in the electoral system. The political parties should decide the procedure to recall on the basis of percentage of voters who want their leader to be recalled.  This will certainly infuse a greater sense of accountability amongst the legislators. Many Constitutions around the world, like the Swiss Constitution, have this provision which has been working quite satisfactorily since ages. 

SK KHOSLA, Chandigarh

Cattle — owner’s pride

In the North, milch cattle are the owner’s pride and neighbours’ envy. The event held at Jind ‘Murrah on the ramp’ was quite fascinating. Managing livestock is a big commercial venture with the ever-increasing demand for milk and milk products. Some of the buffalo breeds like Pandarpuri, Surti and Nilli-Ravi can easily be maintained on fibrous crop residues which results in reducing feed cost.

For greater milk yield, the cattle should be kept in favourable conditions. Buffaloes need cooling facility like wallowing tank or showers and proper sheds which suit their climatic needs. In Himachal Pradesh, the government has launched a popular scheme ‘Dudh Ganga Yojna’ giving many incentives and subsidies to farmers for developing dairy farms.

Such schemes can go a long way in improving milk production, selecting the best breed of cattle and improving economic condition of the farmers.




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