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Segregating women won’t help

Instead of changing our thinking and attitude towards women and their dignity, we are attempting to force the state to create newer and more complex and exceptional situations and infrastructure, which may complicate matters further (editorial All-women institutions, March 11).

We are getting enthusiastic about ‘all-women’ train coaches, buses, banks, colleges, universities, etc without even realising that women are part of a common society and our families. They have to live and work within the same set-up in harmony with their male counterparts and vice-versa.

Segregating women in some ‘all-women’ educational and professional institutions will create its own problems, including lack of self-confidence amongst our sisters and mothers. Such changes are only cosmetic which do not last long. Respect for women should come through good upbringing starting from early years of childhood.



In the age of women empowerment, there is no need to establish separate all-women police stations and all-women banks. There is a need for continuous monitoring of the implementation of laws. The situation can improve with gender sensitisation, in which men start understanding women as partners in social and economic development and women start displaying courage.

Laws alone are not enough if enforcement is weak (Rajesh Gill’s article Legislation alone is not enough, March 8). Moral values should be inculcated among children not through preaching alone but by practising morality ourselves. Girls should be taught to shed fear psychosis and be upright and bold in handling unpleasant situations.

Dr PURAN SINGH, Nilokheri


Women are almost half the population throughout the world, so their own contribution can make a lot of difference, then why and from whom do they seek equality and safety? If effectively implemented, the Constitution of India offers many laws which are sufficient for their victorious emergence.

The new-generation women have emerged with boldness, dedication and hard work and the results have been encouraging (Rajesh Gill’s article ‘Legislation alone is not enough, March 8). The writer's underestimation of the committee's performance under the new laws at workplaces is negative and unfounded. More than the legislations, our spirit to get them utilised appropriately holds the solution. Let us be effective in our individual approach.



There is a need for an environment where a woman can enjoy her womanhood and realise herself as a very fundamental part of the society (editorial ‘One more Women’s Day March 9). It should be borne in mind that the sum total of happiness in society cannot be more than the sum total of happiness of a woman in a particular situation socially.

What is important for each society, irrespective of its system, is that women there are healthy, happy and conscious of what is happening around them. This objective should not be difficult to achieve, given the availability of resources, infrastructure and technology.

To begin with, the rule of law, sanctity of the workplace and safety of household which includes safety from technological onslaughts in all forms, should be emphasised and re-emphasised effectively to reorient the society to a new level of consciousness.


Juvenile home’s job

The news story ‘Police fails to conduct medical test’ (Chandigarh Tribune, March 8) said that the police did not conduct the medical test of six girls rescued by the Panchkula Police on the complaint of the District Child Protection Officer. This issue is actually governed by the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000, and Haryana Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Rules, 2009. This Act and the rules framed by the Haryana Government do not mandate the police to conduct medical examination of the juveniles, as in this case, who are in need of care and protection. As per Rule 42 of the Haryana Juvenile Justice Rules, 2009, it is the prerogative of every child care institution to arrange for medical examination of juveniles.


Chasing healthy lifestyle 

Diversion from bicycles to bikes and cars is neither a healthy practice nor does it conform to the fitness or environmental parameters (Ramesh Luthra's middle ‘Those were the days’, March 9). Once a ‘priceless possession’, bicycles are now considered a poor man’s mode of transport. Most of us classify bicycle-users as ‘low class’ and pay no attention to multi-dimensional benefits of cycling, i.e. low cost, non-polluting, physical and mental health, deriding the fact that cycling is preferred in many foreign countries over other modes of transport. Healthy citizens are the greatest assets any country can possess.




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