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Women’s safety must be ensured

The article “Are women safe anywhere?” (March 11) has rightly highlighted the conditions of women. The celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8 every year may not make much difference to women’s lives in India, but it is a good occasion to evaluate the balance-sheet and assess our distance from the goals of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The home, the street, the office, the park — no place, it seems, is safe for a woman. This issue has been raised again and again but no one is really bothered about doing something about it. The common woman is still unsafe and prone to all kinds of dangers possible in this world --- girls being pulled into cars, being shot, acid thrown on their faces, being murdered, raped, harassed at work, killed in the name of honour by parents or siblings, etc. This kind of treatment is meted out to not only natives but also to foreigners visiting our country. It is high time people acted to ensure the safety of women. Women should learn to raise their voice against the harassment of women as very few women dare to speak out against such issues because of social stigma. There are enough laws to protect women, but the problem is that very few people know about these facilities. Thus, women should be sensitised regarding the laws.

Vineet Kapoor, Panchkula


This is in reference to the middle piece, “Sea is the limit”, by Akriti Mahajan (March 15). It is ironical that on the one side we celebrate Women's Day and on the other so many atrocities against women are reported on the very same day. Whether it is the Army, the Navy or the Air Force, women are welcome everywhere but not beyond a limit. Their entry is restricted to certain posts only. We women want ourselves to be equivalent to our male counterparts in every sphere of life.

There is no profession left untouched by women whether it is the armed forces, scientific research or going to space, but limitations are still there in the Army --- there is no option for women in the Infantry wing; they can either join the education corps or the services corps. However, from time to time adventure camps or activities are provided for those interested and they even get field postings. But the full-fledged entry of women into the Infantry Corps. is not allowed. The main reason is that a woman cannot be expected to guard the borders with so many jawans all around.

Anjali Sharma, Dagshai Cantt (HP)

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Sachin's 100th century

The tremendous euphoria over the 100th century scored by master blaster Sachin Tendulkar in the Sher-e-Bengal Stadium in and against Bangladesh, especially by the electronic media, is not unexpected. But why does the media forget the things which are important to the common man? The Union Budget was presented the same day, which affects the lives of all of us, but all eyes were diverted to Sachin, as if he achieved was everything.

No doubt, it is an unprecedented feat and is a glorious moment for the whole of India and the cricket world, but giving it more importance than the concerns of the common man is not fair. The media needs to represent and reflect the woes of the common man. Sahcin's 100th century will not change the fate of the common man. The value of the Indian currency will not rise, not even fall, with it. Nor will inflation come down! So, why so much euphoria!

HS Dimple, Jagraon

Plight of railways

This is with reference to the editorial "Revenue-raising Budget" (March  15).  Almost everyone is aware of the present plight of the Indian Railways. It  does not meet  the standards  of being  called  the third  largest railway  network in the world. A hike in the fares  was required to raise the standards  of  the stations and  trains. The decision  should be commended, and  not  objected to. The Indian Railways,  relied upon by millions  of people , should be run professionally, and  not  politically.


Liver donation is safe

The report “This woman is living proof that liver donation is safe” (March 11) was really motivating. In a country where people are still unsure about organ donation, Raunika Oberoi comes across as a harbinger of hope. Every woman can give birth, but not every woman can give life. Live donor liver transplants are an excellent option for some patients. Because the liver is the only major organ that will regenerate, both the donor and the recipient eventually regrow livers of appropriate size for their individual bodies. Liver donation is very safe since the liver has great reserve and the donor suffers from no long-term effects, does not have to take any medication beyond two-three weeks, and is back to normal in a month. To avoid any unnecessary risk, potential living donors undergo medical and psychosocial testing. People must understand that it is safe to donate a liver and come forward to give life to someone.

Dr. Shruti K. Chawla, Chandigarh



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