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Supreme Court must review its order

Apropos of the editorial ‘Adult at 18 only’ (July 19), I beg to disagree with your views endorsing the reasoning given by the apex court while refusing to bring down the juvenile age from 18 to 16. Strangely, despite the rising crimes of rape and murder committed by so-called juveniles, we still need a “researched data”. It is also a strange logic that those below 18 need to be reformed and cannot be lodged in jail in the company of hardened criminals but those above 18 need no such reformation.

Agreed that a line has to be drawn somewhere, but why only at 18 and not at 16? Even a 14-year-old is old enough to commit a heinous crime but we are being pragmatic and reasonable and asking for drawing a line at 16. Earlier, we used to blame human rights activists for fighting for the rights of only terrorists and not innocent victims. Ironically, now a similar “humane view” taken by the court and endorsed by you in the editorial is perplexing.

One feels concerned about the pain and anguish suffered by the hapless victims at the hands of so-called juveniles who get away lightly due to the ineffective juvenile law. The Supreme Court should review its verdict.


Newborns' death

One gets stupefied to note that India witnesses the highest number of deaths of newborn babies in the world. As per a report released recently, India accounts for more than 309,300 deaths of newborn babies on the very first day of their birth every year. The report is based on the survey done on 186 countries. How shocking!


Remembering Kaka

A year has passed since legendary actor Rajesh Khanna bade goodbye to the world (July 18, 2012). He was the first superstar of Hindi cinema. Few of his contemporary actors could parallel him as far as emotional and romantic scenes were concerned. Kaka, as he was lovingly called, was one of the rarest of rare actors who was the heartthrob of a large number of female fans. He was also considered to be the greatest romantic hero of Indian cinema. His magic will last forever through his memorable films.

VEENA KAUL, Panchkula

Punish Honey Singh

The other day The Tribune had published the photograph of Punjabi rapper Honey Singh with his hands folded. The photograph seems to imply that Honey Singh was seeking public pardon for penning immoral songs. Why show him looking innocent and repentant? He must not be forgiven. Unless he is punished, how will he shun his immoral behaviour and how will others will draw lessons from his sentence?

It is time Indian society rose against all types of criminals who are trying to ruin the moral fibre of our society.


Some improvement

The nation feels proud that due to the collective efforts of the judiciary, the media and the public, we have been able to provide some autonomy to the CBI, ban caste-based rallies and stop the political parties from luring voters through their election manifestos. The apex court should also pass an order to bring all the political parties within the purview of the RTI Act, 2005, not only the CVC.

B K JETHI, Khanna

Night patrolling

This refers to the editorial ‘Punjab after dark’ (July 19). The state government's move to start night patrolling in Punjab is praiseworthy. It is important for the authorities to ensure a substantial force for night patrolling, particularly on the highways. The police on night patrolling must check reckless, negligent as well as drunk driving to avoid road accidents happening in the early hours. The night shift police personnel should have an action plan to curb lawlessness on roads and make errant drivers obey the traffic rules at night.


Why a free show?

A light and sound show is held at the Jallianwala Bagh free of cost at the historical park in the evening to perpetuate the memory of the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. The show includes scenes on British rule, their behaviour towards the freedom fighters, public, the unity of different faiths in fighting Britishers, and martyrs like Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Udham Singh. Since the show is free, some people and children keep wandering about and create a disturbance. I request to the organisers of the show to make it a ticketed event so that uninterested public stay away and others can enjoy it.

O P GARG, Patiala

Unmetalled road

The HPPWD built a kutcha road in 2003 in my village, Challah (tehsil Palampur) in Kangra district. Even after 10 years, the road is still an unmetalled. I have written a number of times to the Chief Engineer, PWD, the Superintendent Engineer, the Executive Engineer and others in this regard in the past three years, but in vain. I have also written to the Chief Minister but none has cared even to visit this place.

The villagers and commuters are a harried lot as they have to face great inconvenience during the rains. We have to cross a river to reach the market to sell milk and buy household items, and to go to schools, hospitals, etc. But in the monsoon, one finds it difficult to cross the gushing waters of the river. One hopes the authorities will do something in this regard before a tragedy takes place.


Bharat Ratna for Dhyan Chand

The decision of the Sports Ministry to recommend the name of hockey legend Dhyan Chand over Sachin Tendulkar for the Bharat Ratna award is a wise step. The award is given for life-time achievement, whereas Sachin is still playing. If the government has decided to honour a sportsperson with this award, it should be awarded to former legends like Tenzing or Sunil Gavaskar. Moreover, the cricket World Cup has not been won by any individual's effort, rather by a team effort.

IPS ANAND, Chandigarh



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