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Small steps can bring big benefits

The Delhi gang-rape has forced us to sit up and spare a thought for what ails our society. While the government, the police and the administration need to take strict action at their respective levels, we need to improve our conduct in public and within the four walls of our homes to strike at the root of the problem.

Ever-increasing indulgences in liquor, fashion and sex across the board and lack of education and awareness are the reasons for these evils. The real solution lies in refraining from all immoral activities in our daily life and laying stress on right conduct as a parent, colleague, sibling, friend, et al.

Steamy scenes on TV and films can be a source of provocation for adults and teenagers to commit sexual crimes. When both, children and the parents, feel awkward and uncomfortable in viewing bold scenes in films, the so-called ‘creative freedom’ of directors of films and advertisements should be thrown into the dustbin.

All religions exhort us not to indulge in sinful activities. Those who have faith in their religion will think twice before indulging in any sort of criminal activity. Parental and institutional intervention should start from childhood. The consequences of activities like alcohol consumption, taking drugs, rape, gambling, etc must be made clear right from the school level. Counselling wherever needed should be resorted to at the earliest.



Rape is defined in Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code and commensurate punishments have been laid down in Sections 376 to 376-D. Gang-rape has been defined in Explanation-1 below Section 376 of the IPC but no separate punishment has been laid down. It will be appropriate if gang-rape is properly defined as a separate Section 375-A. The offence of gang-rape should be included in Sections 299 and 300 of the Indian Penal Code. And whether the culpable homicide of gang-rape results in physical murder of the victim or not, it should be considered as murder of piousness of the victim and thus death penalty under Section 302 of the IPC should be laid down.



Demonstration of power to the weak is human nature. Only the weak try and control others, the strong exercise self-control. The way we bring up a male child in our society needs change. When your father does not treat your mother right, when a brother does not treat his sister right or when a boyfriend does not treat his girlfriend right, speak up.

S C DHALL, Zirakpur 


The Delhi gang-rape victim has become a symbol of the movement against atrocities committed on women and the apathetic attitude of the authorities. The 13-day struggle of the young woman against all odds is a source of inspiration to citizens to secure justice for the nation’s daughters and not let any other girl or woman meet the same fate. True justice will be done when the needed administrative and legislative changes are made, society’s male-biased psyche is changed and women feel truly liberalised.



We have fallen prey to poor governance in the country. We are being governed by an old set of rules and laws which are irrelevant in the present times, keeping in mind the severity of the crimes being committed.

From academic selection to transfers to promotion of government employees, money and contacts in the corridors of power play a vital role. The force of merit was lost long ago in our country. Today from a peon to a top-rank government employee, everybody is supreme, accountable and answerable to none.

Government resources are meant to be shared by a few. How can we expect miracles from an administrative set-up which has crumbled beyond repair?



The government apathy towards the plight of rape victims becomes clearer in the news report Anti-rape law awaits House debate, December 25). The government and the Opposition can only play with words during the parliamentary debate with zero result. Then why the debate? Rape is a crime which shatters the soul of the victim. Punishment to the criminals in such cases should be given as soon as the crime is established in the medical report.



We must acknowledge the fact that there is no dearth of policies but that they are not being implemented is the key issue. It is not that there are no laws to punish rapists, even if the existing laws would have been implemented efficiently, the ghastly Delhi incident would not have taken place in the first place. It is time to lay stress on the Executive’s role rather than the Legislature’s.


Fanciful thought

The dossier containing clinching evidence against LeT chief Hafeez Saeed given to Pakistan was dubbed as a “piece of literature” by the then Pakistan Foreign Secretary (now High Commissioner in India) Salman Bashir. The Pakistan government neither has the intention nor the guts to bring him to justice. He is regarded as an honourable religious leader in Pakistan.

The ISI shares information with the Lashkar-e-Tayyibah and the Pakistan Army considers it as an asset. None in Pakistan had dared to respond to the US $10 million bounty for information leading to his arrest and conviction. He is fearlessly holding public rallies and brazenly spewing venom against India. Any hope that Pakistan government will take action against him is like a night-time fancy that disappears in the morning. Alas “Ham ko un sey vafa kee hai ummeed/ jo nahin jaantey vafa kya hai”.

BHAGWAN SINGH, Qadian, Gurdaspur

Need verbal control

Don’t we witness and ignore or tolerate filthy language around us within earshot in which a linguistic rape of someone’s mother, sister or daughter is done? Don’t policemen, drivers and even legislators specialise in inflicting the most demeaning and choicest abuses to their colleagues or even innocent citizens unabashedly even in the presence of women?

In the eyes of law, it is not a cognisable offence. We must ban the use of sexist language in public and put in place some deterrent to eliminate this linguistic garbage or verbal porn from our liberal ambience.

Prof MOHAN SINGH, Amritsar 



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