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Women empowerment need of the hour

This refers to the article ‘Girls harassed: Equip them with awareness and right’ (June 8). The drive conducted by a District Elementary Education Officer and 60 teachers of Rewari district of Haryana to detect the cases of harassment of girls at schools, homes, markets and public places is quite laudable. They are prone to sexual harassment everywhere by strangers and in most cases by their acquaintances.

The writer has rightly maintained that sex education must be initiated in all educational institutions by making it an integral part of the main curricula. Besides, frequent visits by a counsellor with whom girl students can interact openly and fearlessly must be arranged. An awareness drive among girls and their parents about the prevailing laws and their rights is the need of the hour. While performing this job, the government must ensure that girls do not feel uneasy while facing this never-faced situation and their studies do not get affected and above all, their dignity remains intact.


Teachers’ evaluation

The decision of HP University regarding teachers’ evaluation by students as recommended by the Rashtriya Uchchtar Shiksha Abhiyan has come as a whiff of fresh air (refers to the news item ‘Students with 75% attendance to evaluate teachers’, June 8). But at the same time, one also wonders if it will be implemented. And if it is implemented, what is the guarantee that teachers’ evaluation will be done impartially and objectively, particularly in the present scenario when students and teachers are already involved in politics and support one party or other. Rather than raising academic standards, it will create differences or other problems. So, it will prove to be a futile exercise.

DR SC DOHROO, Palampur

Deep-bore tubewell

This refers to the letter ‘Race for hand pumps in Himachal’ (June 12) by LR Sharma. The writer deserves to be complimented for highlighting the “fatal flaw” afflicting the hand pumps project in the state. In my village alone, as many as five hand pumps “died” a “pre-mature” death — one or two years of their installation.

The writer has suggested a workable alternative: installation of deep-bore tubewell at a “geologically feasible” location. Put into practice, the proposal will certainly save scarce funds and ensure drinking water supply. It will also prove potentially useful/profitable. Under the circumstances, why not give the accursed hand pumps project a second look?

TARA CHAND, Ambota (Una)

Unwise decision

I read the editorial Advani stumbles (June 13) with great interest. I agree with you that LK Advani has hurt his political “stature” by his “poorly enacted resignation drama”. A person of his stature and with such a long political experience should not have committed a blunder of tendering his resignation from all posts of the BJP. He should have thought many times before taking this step.

In fact, by taking this politically-motivated step, he has exposed his selfishness, arrogance and bad thinking. No doubt he has contributed a lot in the evolution of the party. But the time has come when he must guide the party’s young leaders by his experience and wisdom, and support Modi unconditionally. Today, our country, plagued by rampant corruption, economic crisis, violence and crime against women, needs a visionary leader like Modi.


Curb population

One concurs with the UN report which had it that India would be the most populated nation by 2028. The report hardly surprises one because population control has never been on the Centre as well as states governments’ agendas. That is why, we are unable to make progress in any field. All our resources are getting extinct by the day. If China can control its population, why are we unable to do so? One fails to understand why is the most serious issue being ignored by the government?

DEEPAK SARAF, Rampura Phul


In the Tribune column “On The Front Line” (June 17) titled ‘Rahul mirrors new image of Kashmir valley’, the statement “...within seconds added that Pakistan’s involvement was a must for the ‘K’ solution” is not attributable to AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi.The error is regretted.


UT police lacks professionalism

The brutal murder of Inspector Sucha Singh of the Chandigarh Police has shocked every law-abiding citizen as well as exposed the chinks in the professional competency of the UT police. Unlike neighbouring states’ police, the Chandigarh Police cannot attribute its inefficiency to political interference and must act before it is too late.

The failure of three policemen to nab a single knife-wielding miscreant speaks volumes about police officials’ lack of training and alertness. Police personnel on patrol duty were oblivious of the details of crime committed by the absconding constable and failed to recognise him when both parties met face to face. Owing to the lack of coordination between the states’ police, he was roaming in neighbouring states for about two months after committing a double murder in Haryana. It is high time the government evolved a crime data-sharing mechanism so that such criminals are caught.

Daljit Singh, Chandigarh



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