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Acid attack horrible

This refers to the report, “Bride critical after acid attack in Ludhiana salon” (December 8). It was shocking to read that a man threw acid on a woman in a beauty parlour just hours before she was to get married. This is a horrible act and has occurred just after the Supreme Court orders to all state governments to regulate the sale of acid by March 31, 2014. Keeping in view the alarming increase in incidents of acid attacks on women, the free sale of acid must be immediately banned.

Since an acid attack victim has to live with the damaged/disfigured face and burn marks, the compensation of Rs 3 lakh, as per the SC directions, is too little as the cost of surgeries is much more. The SC must increase this amount to at least ~10 lakh or allow treatment of the victims in all government hospitals free of cost. The victims must also be given government service for her survival instead of being a burden on her relatives.

R K KAPOOR, Chandigarh

Regulate acid sale

Yet again a horrendous incident of acid attack. A young bride who was about to enter new life in the next few hours had to witness such a traumatic incident that can have immense psychological consequences. An acid attack can be highly menacing for a woman’s physical and psychological frame. Time and again such cases remind us that there is still a long way for a woman to be safe in the society. Apart from a stringent law, regulation of acid sale is the need of the hour. No woman should be made to undergo such a dreadful treatment as it can scar her life forever.


Reality on women grim

An upsurge in the laws safeguarding the rights of women sounds pleasant. However, the ground reality presents a grim picture. Women continue to suffer, except in a handful of cases where they have shown the audacity to break free. Education has done little to improve their lot. If a woman tries to raise her voice against injustice she is being subjected to, she is reminded of her being educated enough to think of the consequences that her daring step would have on the family. Being educated to them may mean being strong enough to bear and not complain. She stifles and retreats to her cocoon. Her exploitation continues for she is solely considered responsible for saving the name of the family from any disgrace.

Pratibha Singh, Kurukshetra

Ganguly must go

Apropos the editorial “Time to go: Demand for Justice Ganguly's resignation picks up” (December 16), Justice A K Ganguly should step down as Chairman of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission in order to uphold his constitutional duty. He should respect the findings of the committee of three judges of the Supreme Court which has indicted him for “unwelcome behaviour” and “conduct of sexual nature” towards a law intern in a five-star-hotel in Delhi in December, 2012.

Only when a woman finds her dignity and honour threatened, does she open her mouth. Justice Ganguly was like a grandfather to her and it is shocking that he made sexual advances towards her. We must adopt a cultured attitude towards women. Even judges who deliver landmark judgements on women's rights ought to follow them sincerely.


Added shame

It is a matter of added shame for Justice Ganguly that he is taking so much time to resign from his post even after the release of the report of the Supreme Court Committee which has indicted him for unbecoming behaviour. Swift and strong action is now required to oust him and order further action against him as per law.


Probe commendable

The episode of misbehaviour by a retired Supreme Court judge with an intern is a matter of concern. It is commendable that the Chief Justice of India constituted a committee of inquiry. The fact that a summary of the report has now been displayed on the website of the Supreme Court is praiseworthy.

Prof Sandeep Kumar, Amritsar

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