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Crime: Society needs to be vigilant

Keeping in mind the Guwahati shame, it is not the first time that a woman has been molested in our country, which has earned the dubious distinction of being the third worst rape offender in the world.

In a nutshell, women have no protection anywhere. This is manifestly evident in Assam DGP J N Chowdhury’s statement: Police is not like an ATM machine which can be present at a crime scene the moment one inserts a card.  

In view of the serious gravity of the situation, it is also time now that civil society woke up and ensured that such shameful incidents do not occur again.

Section 376 of the IPC which provides seven-year rigorous imprisonment for rape needs to be amended to to make it parallel with murder under Section 302.

Rape is one of India’s fastest growing crimes. The figures pertaining to 2006 released by the National Crime Record Bureau show that every hour 18 women fall prey to this heinous crime. The number of rape cases has increased nearly 700 per cent since 1971. It has grown from seven rapes a day to 53. 

It is shameful that the conviction rate in rape cases has always been less because of the lengthy and cumbersome criminal justice delivery system.

Though illegal, the panchayat’s diktat in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat district which recently issued a diktat against unescorted women visiting the marketplace, was guided by concern for the women folk.

SK KHOSLA, Chandigarh


The Guwahati incident of mob going berserk and raping a teenaged girl for around half an hour before the police reached the spot has once again raised a critical question as to what is the level of security of women and children in our country. Though series of laws have been made in this regard, they seem to adorn law books only. It sounds hypocritical that on one hand we project equality of sexes in society and on the other hand brazen acts of brutality have been coming to light more often than before.

Most instances of children being sexually abused go unreported. The enormity of the statistics and the diversity of the gory incidents of crime question several socially accepted new and old norms and ways.



One shudders to think whether this is the actual picture of modern India. It is more painful and regrettable to note the apathy and irresponsibility exhibited by the police, the media and the people. This is not the first time, such an incident has happened in Guwahati. Earlier, a tribal woman was stripped naked and paraded on the roads of Guwahati under the full glare of the public and TV cameras and crew.

In another incident in Gaya, when a person was being thrashed by a mob publicly, instead of helping the victim, the mediaperson went on covering the incident on his camera. It is indeed very regrettable that such incidents are becoming common in cities across India and that no one comes to the rescue of the victim. More shockingly, instead of coming to the rescue of the victim, mediapersons are more interested in covering the incident and displaying it as exclusive news.



This has reference to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s plea for transfer of Chandigarh to Punjab at the Northern Zonal Council meeting. In fact, the issue of transfer of Chandigarh to Punjab is not that important to Punjabis’ hearts, but there are other more compelling issues in the state like revival of industry to boost employment, preventing youth from drugs, female foeticide, poor health care at civil hospitals, and dismal performance of governmental schools. People of Punjab certainly do not want Chandigarh as a white elephant which will further erode state’s revenues.

B B GOYAL, Ludhiana

Mother of problems

We claim to be a leader of Third World countries but we have miserably failed to check the menace of over population. Various incentives initiated by the government have failed to fetch the desired results. China should be our role model for population control. Strictly applying the one-child norm made China achieve the impossible target. Poor people produce more children which adds to the miseries of the entire nation.

Fear of losing popular votes prevents the ruling party to come out with stringent laws to control the population. Even the two-child norm in India can show encouraging results. Middle class and upper middle class have no problem with this norm. It is the population hovering near the BPL which adds numbers to the population with each passing year. Education, awareness and availability of medical help and modern techniques of family planning in the needed areas can do wonders.


Time to revamp PSEB

The news report “26 yrs on, school textbooks remain unchanged” (July12) on the need to change the outmoded and outdated syllabi in the textbooks of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) was an eye-opener.

The rapid changes in the socio-economic system in the country call for commensurate changes in the syllabi being taught in schools. The education board’s admission that ‘not enough number of subject experts are available’ is neither convincing nor tenable.

There is no dearth of subject experts but one needs to look out for them. Teachers recruited should be groomed and trained properly; incentives and encouragement should be given to them to deliver their best and politics at every stage should be kept at bay.

Only a strong will, strenuous efforts and benign care can help in revamping the board and it’s functioning.                                         




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