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Prisoners deserve better

Apropos the news item 'Another undertrial dies in jail' (May 3), it is ironical that fourth case of death in a Punjab jail within a fortnight was reported on the day when the Punjab Government was going out of way to show its solidarity with the family of Sarabjit Singh on his cremation. The news, however, failed to highlight the miserable condition of inmates in overcrowded Punjab jails. Rampant use of drugs, being procured in connivance with certain members on the jail staff, is playing havoc with the health of inmates.

On one hand we are asking the Pakistan Government for making improvement in living conditions of Indian prisoners in Pakistani jails, but on the other, we fail to give a thought to the plight of domestic prisoners. While the whole country is united in expressing anguish for Indian prisoners living in the most appalling conditions in Pakistani jails, we, on our part, are doing little for domestic prisoners in Indian jails. It is unfortunate that not even a single political party nor the media is moved by their plight. We must protect human rights of prisoners irrespective of the country they belong to.

DALJIT SINGH, Chandigarh

Expel the corrupt

This refers to news report 'Cong rules out resignation of Bansal, Ashwani Kumar' (May 6). Our political parties and politicians have constitutionalised corruption. Ministers use their discretions to allot contracts and put crucial posts on sale through their close relatives for big monetary considerations.

Despite evidences of their involvement in corruption, they are protected by their parties by giving them clean chits. The world's biggest democracy has become the most corrupt nation. Our corrupt politicians hardly bother about the countrymen's perceptions, sentiments, protests and demands to resign from their posts. It is sad to see them justify corruption by telling "no decision until investigations conclude".

How can fair investigations be conducted if the involved ministers are allowed to hold their posts. They use their posts to influence the investigations. If the Congress government keeps on protecting their corrupt ministers, it is for sure that it will dent its chances of emerging victorious in the 2014 general elections.

The politicians must be made accountable and answerable for their conducts inside and outside Parliament and state Assemblies. The proactive media must keep on exposing corrupt politicians who never see anything beyond their personal interests.


Proud achievement

For the third consecutive year, a woman candidate, Haritha V Kumar, has topped the prestigious Civil Services Examination, 2012. Haritha V Kumar, a 2011-batch probationary officer in the Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), has topped the exam.

Also, the top positions in the general, Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes categories have been secured by women candidates.

Haritha, undergoing training at the National Academy of Customs Excise and Narcotics, holds a bachelor's in technology (electronics and communication) done from Kerala University. This was her fourth attempt. She gained the top position due to hard work, dedication and determination. In a male-dominated society, this news really makes women proud. To change the mentality of society, we should educate our girls.


Nature cure can help

Owing to global warming and polluted environments, a number of diseases can affect us if we adopt unhealthy lifestyle. One can become a victim of high-blood pressure, sudden heart attack, brain stroke, diabetes mellitus, overweight, increased cholesterol and stress.

Stress has become an epidemic in the world over with two-thirds of officer-goers visiting doctors daily for stress-related illness. Stress also leads to coronary artery diseases. Stress is experienced by all of us, but some are adversely affected by it. It can also cause a brain stroke.

A healthy lifestyle coupled with nature cure methods is the need of the hour. Nature cure methods can help solve nervous and sleep disorder problems of a patient.


Civil justice reforms

A report emanating from Washington DC gives out that the President is contemplating drastic civil justice reforms in a bid to contain the "lawsuit happy" legal industry within reasonable limits. The American president reportedly feels that the growing "lawsuit madness" not only inflicts considerable misery on the citizen but also undermines the country's "productivity and competitiveness". One of the contemplated measures - "mandatory pre-trial settlement conference" - compels special notice as it would, undoubtedly, help curtail the number of cases really fit for regular trial and thus considerably lighten the workload in the courts.

The malady seems to have taken our own country apparently with much greater ferocity. Whereas the legal industry has flourished over the years, justice for the common man remains an ever-receding cry. In fact, the country's overloaded/cumbersome judicial set-up seems crying for urgent reforms. A time-bound high-powered judicial commission seems overdue.

TARA CHAND, Ambota (Una)



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