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Protector turns perpetrator

It is a shame for the educated and lively polity of Chandigarh that our city beautiful is gradually turning into the rape capital of India. Every incident gives an opportunity to political parties to agitate and the local media to post these as front page stories. Nobody introspects why despite the shield of strict law on female sexual harassment these crimes are on the rise?

It confirms that the deterrent punishment under the law does not scare criminals. It also corroborates the fact that criminals find immunity and protection in the police uniform. Is this because of the cult of 'rationalisation' prevailing in the police hierarchy? It is strange that for the last three months PCR duty vehicles and personnel manning them were on the prowl to scare the helpless victim into sexual submission. Nobody up the supervisory chain could detect the felony being committed right under their very nose.

Armchair supervision prevalent in police forces is the main cause of such incidents. The people up the chain of command must be punished for the dereliction of duty. The Chandigarh police IG owes an apology, especially to girls and women, for failing in his duty of safeguarding them.

Col KD PATHAK (retd), Chandigarh

Prevent AIDS

December 1 is observed as World AIDS Day. It is estimated that 2.08 million people are affected by HIV in India. The disease is more prevalent among drug addicts, sex workers, sexually-active age groups, truckers and other professionals staying away from families due to their jobs.

The surveillance launched by the National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) and the national campaign in creating awareness have resulted in curbing the menace by halving the rate prevalent in the early nineties.

Even small countries like Thailand and Uganda are spending much more on health awareness programmes than India. The government should provide sufficient resources to check, screen and diagnose HIV and sensitise the public to accept it as any of the other diseases. People living with HIV should not be ostracised.

Sushma Kumari, Nadaun

Save snow leopards

Itís very heartening to read that Ladakh has succeeded in protecting snow leopards. With this spirit, they will definitely save the endangered snow leopards. They have become an inspiration for us and I think that we should also do our bit to save our wildlife and ecology. Keep it up, Ladakh!

Manya Sarwal, Panchkula

Protect schoolgirls

Harassment of schoolgirls is increasing. The administration and school managements have to respond to such situations.

The Chandigarh Administration attempted some exercise in this regard by letting the girl students leave earlier than the boys. But this is not the solution to the problem. Once the boys who harass girls are identified, they should be meted deterrent treatment by the administration and the school.

Lessons in discipline should be addressed in clear terms. The teachers should display a high degree of responsibility in this regard. If the issue is not taken up seriously, it is feared that girlsí education will suffer in quantitative and qualitative terms.

Dr S KUMAR, Panchkula

Dangerous road

On December 6, a truck laden with sand broke through the side of the Old Bridge in Amritsar and fell on the railway tracks and affected electricity supply to trains. This delayed the trains from Amritsar and caused harassment to scores of people. It is the result of allowing heavy traffic on Bhandari Bridge. The governemnt must put permanent barricades at the start of the elevated road and at the start and end of Bhandari Bridge.

I had written a letter to the Editor warning about the consequences of the elevated road when it was inaugurated on May 27, 2010, but it was not published.

Gur Aman Singh, via email



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