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Empowering women at the cost of men

The recent amendments to the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 and the Social Marriage Act, 1954 have made the process of divorce easier in case the marriage becomes ‘irretrievable’ (editorial: Empowering women, May 21). But sadly enough, marriage is primarily being treated as an economic partnership. Marriage is basically a social and legal relationship between a man and a woman sanctified by religion. Prejudicial to man as they are, these amended provisions may very likely be misused by cunning and crafty women who will simply hoodwink a rich willing partner only to betray him later for the sake of a share in his movable and immovable property. The children and the old in the family will be the worst sufferers.

Empowering women at the cost of men is not at all palatable. What if a woman becomes solely responsible for a failed marriage and later remarries? No doubt, the number of divorce cases will come down with these amendments, but the husband will become a mere pawn in the hands of a cantankerous and nagging wife. The affected man will lead a miserable life of acute domestic tension, loneliness and marital disharmony. Fashioning Indian society on the western pattern should be strongly discouraged.

DS KANG, Hoshiarpur


I have no objection to the separate Anand Karaj Marriage Act for Sikhs to maintain their separate identity (Editorial “A Positive Step”, May 24). But why turn to Hindu Marriage Act again to seek divorce for the couples whose marriages were solemnised under the Anand Marriage Act? The Hindu Marriage Act is not meant for ‘divorce only’. Every marriage in every community has the probability of divorce. Then why hesitate to make a provision of divorce in the separate Anand Marriage Act. Without this all-important provision the new Act is incomplete.


Basic necessity

It is a mater of grave concern that Punjab, once a prosperous and self-sufficient state, is not in a position to supply pure drinking water to its citizens now (“Punjab’s poisoned water”, May 20). The availability of potable water in the industrial town of Ludhiana is the most alarming and pitiable. As a matter of fact 40 per cent of the families in Punjab drink untreated water which is rarely fit for humans irrespective of the source-- tube well, hand pump or pond that makes them vulnerable to not only waterborne disease but also to cancer.

The Punjab government is making efforts in rural areas to install RO plants in public-private partnership. The experiment has shown good results. The Punjab government should take up the job on a war footing so that maximum number of people have access to potable water.


Quality education

V Eshwari Anand’s article ‘Why recall? Elect carefully’ (May 22) is a searching analysis of the election process. It is true that candidates with muscle and money power are elected to the Parliament only to tarnish its image and credibility. Late Nani Palkhivala’s advice to the voters that they ‘should vote for the right person even in the wrong party rather than the wrong person even in the right party’, is quite commendable. The question is how can the voters be brought to this line of thought and action?

The solution lies in spreading quality education, especially among the marginalised sections of society who are too poor to think about the merit in voting. The government, though, has promulgated the Right to Education but the curse of poverty is too mighty for poor families to think about anything other than fighting poverty. It is so despite the labour laws. There is a dire need to undertake house to house and jhuggi to jhuggi survey to identify the eligible kids (6-14 age group) for entry to school and to motivate them on individual basis.

Dr S KUMAR, Panchkula

Unfair to judges

The news item “SC tells tells Haryana judges to move HC” (May 23) is only the tip of the iceberg indicating how senior judicial officers have been ignored to make way for some favourites by amending the service rules 2007 through an administrative resolution. A separate class of judicial officers has been created for the first time in violation of right to equality enshrined in the Constitution of our country.

The duty of the judiciary is only to deliver justice and not to assume the power of executive by spending a lot of precious time selecting judicial officers at the cost of litigants whose cases are pending in courts for the last more than 20 years or so. Only a few judicial officers are free from the lust of favoritism, nepotism and corruption.


New messiahs

If performance in the recently-concluded IPL tournament is any indicator, Sachin Tendulkar is struggling to live up to the expectations of his fans. The iconic Sachin Tendulkar, had a very ordinary tournament, far below the high standards he has set for himself over the years. When IPL began, Sachin was fresh from the glory of scoring his 100th century against Bangladesh. All through the IPLtournament, he was a mere shadow of his glorious past.



Regarding KKR performance in the finals, though the captain Gautam Gambhir was bowled in the first over, hats off to his captaincy and performance in this tournament. The way he praised unfit Balaji for his contribution for his team or gave his Man of the Match award to Debabrata Das in this IPL, deserves appreciation. IPL V will also be remembered for KKR’s Man of the Tournament Trinidad spinner Sunil Narine.


Back to people 

Again the Lokpal Bill has been referred to a select committee of the Rajya Sabha in a manner that raises suspicions about the UPA’s intentions.  Surprisingly the Bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha at the fag end of the session despite tall claims to pass it in this session. Though the BJP being the main opposition party did express unhappiness, it supported a voice vote taken to refer the Bill to a select committee. Since political parties are not serious, now the vigilant society should spearhead this movement further. People need to act with alacrity and comprehensively across the board to curb this evil that is eating into the vitals of the nation.

SK KHOSLA, Chandigarh



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