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Keeping the heat on nasty criminals

Such are the striking similarities between the cases of former air hostess Geetika Sharma and teenager Ruchika Girhotra that one can’t help but get bemused by the uncanny resemblance. And in the end one wonders: Will justice be lost in the din again?

Even as an unsavoury drama is played out by Gopal Kanda, the former Haryana minister accused in the Geetika suicide case, more and more girls continue to pay the price for having the audacity to flaunt their liberated minds and resist arm-twisting. Geetika and Ruchika were victims of excruciating abuse and inveterate perversion that drove them to take their lives.

In such situations, public pressure can do wonders. It can tame and rein in even the most powerful. In Jessica Lal murder case, when Manu Sharma, the key accused, was acquitted, the masses rose up to the occasion to ensure that the culprit was not let off. A slew of demonstrations and rallies were held to protest the trial judge’s decision. There were e-mail campaigns to criticise the miscarriage of justice. It was only after concerted and sustained campaigning that the Supreme Court convicted Manu.

The online signature campaigns to rip Rathore bare were launched when Ruchika’s case was at its fag end. Many joined it but it gradually lost force due to the prolonged hearing in the case.

That shouldn’t happen to Geetika. The anti-Kanda campaign has to gain steam and get shriller and stronger. Though comments on Geetika’s suicide are flooding social networking sites, an organised drive is the need of the hour. Netizens should get together to devise a strategy to vociferously denounce Kanda’s heinous deeds.

Even if the former minister uses tactics to bend the law, the judiciary should become proactive, punish the guilty and deliver speedy justice.


Democracy’s cradle

The role of the government in power and the Opposition is equally and evenly important. Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh was not wrong when he observed on the last day of the monsoon session of the Parliament that the nation suffers when the Parliament is dysfunctional. Though he is a sane and upright gentleman, will the people not question his government’s mismanagement of the affairs of the nation in such critical situations. His credentials as Prime Minister of UPA II has disappointed the people. His address to the Parliament smacks of Congress culture of misleading and inciting people that they should voice and guard against the forces of anarchy and disruption. If what the people expect in a democracy is anarchy then the revered PM should think twice and make a bold effort to keep his government on track as a leader of the government and the nation because the people vote for or against the PM in a general election. Being the executive head of the government, he is responsible for fulfilling the aspirations of the people.

MS AULAKH, Ludhiana

Pension woes

The 6th Central Pay Commission has indeed treated the low and middle rank employees and inter alia the pensioners inequitably (RK Sehgal’s article One rank one pension for civil servants too September 7). What the central government can least do to mitigate the injustice is to allow minimum pension or family pension @ 50 pc or 30 pc of the initial pay instead of the Basic Pay as at present. the same has been done by the Punjab Government and even vouchsafed by the Central Administrative Tribunal.

B.B.LAL SUD, Shimla

Sidelining apex court

After more than six decades of Independence, our nation is still continuing with the policy of reservation in services on the basis of caste. The High Courts and the Supreme Court have very aptly passed judgments that there must be no reservation for SC/ST categories in promotions, as it is unconstitutional. Instead of accepting the SC verdict, our leaders are thinking of bringing an amendment in the Constitution for providing reservation in promotions for the SC\ST persons who are no more socially and economically backward. What we can only say is:

Awwal Allah noor upayo, qudarat de sab bandey,
Ik noor te sab jag upjaya , kaun bhale kaun mandey


Kashmir needs resuscitation

Visiting the Kashmir Valley recently was a dream come true. No word can aptly describe the beauty of Kashmir. I can say with conviction that the Kashmir Valley is better than Switzerland. Its beauty, sanctity and tranquillity must be maintained at any cost.

During my interaction with the locals there, I realised that the local leadership is to be blamed for the turmoil and terrorism there. None of the CMs did anything to boost tourism and employment. They remained busy in eating away central funds, which came in abundance. People told me that not even 10 per cent of central assistance reached the commoner. Reduction in tourism and employment opportunities among the youth forced them to look for other options. With a lot of pain and distress, they express their anguish like this:

“Aap gairon ki baat karte hain, humne to apne bhi azmaye hain; log kanto se bach kar chalte hain, humne phoolon se zakham khaye hain”

The young Chief Minister Omar Abdullah should use his political acumen to lead from the front. He should become accessible to the commoner and must ensure that every penny of Central grants is spent for the welfare of the state. If politicians leave behind their lust and greed, Kashmir will blossom. Let Kashmir progress.

Dr NARESH RAJ, Patiala



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