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Money vs marriage

With due deference to the judiciary, the judgment given by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on runaway couples seems to be erroneous. Is money more imperative than the life of an individual? How can money assure the nuptial knot? Article 21 of the Constitution guarantees the right to have a dignified life.

By defying conservative, orthodox and rigid customs, the young lovers decide to unite and, in most cases, their age is 20-25, in which they cannot be expected to be earning or, if earning, they may not be having Rs 2 lakh in their FDs. They are still dependent on their parents for financial support. The right to get married to a person of one’s own choice has been held to be a part of the fundamental right.

This judgment is a bolt from the blue for the eloped ones. One, the members of their families are against the bond and two, in certain cases, the families become blood-thirsty. When there is no one left to protect their precious lives, the couple knocks at the doors of the court, but is told that due to lack of Rs 2 lakh in the boy’s FD, their lives can't be protected! Please don't value life with money. Money can be earned later, but life once gone cannot be brought back with any amount of money.

Dr Sunaina, Chandigarh

FD not justifiable

Fixed deposits may provide financial support to the girl in many cases, but it cannot be justifiable in all circumstances. There is an increase in the number of cases of separation, specially after love marriages. The question here is that does only the male partner have faults in all situations? If the woman is responsible for the break-up, then is it justified that she get financial support from her spouse? Justice should be made according to the circumstances as both the parties take the decision of marriage jointly.

Manish Dhawan, Ludhiana

Verdict to save girls

Justice Paramjeet Singh has done a commendable job by taking a stand for the welfare of teenage girls who are mostly victims in cases of runaway couples. The plight of the girls who are victims of such affairs is pitiable. The media should do some investigative stories about how girls end up in brothels of metros. Most of them are victims of treachery by relatives or so-called lovers.

I hope the judgment will be appreciated for being a milestone in protecting girls of the impressionable age.

ASIT SHARMA, Hoshiarpur

Give drug case to CBI

About a year ago, the Badal administration was blaming the Centre for the drug menace. The drug menace in Punjab is more horrible than cancer and AIDS. The statement made by former DSP in Punjab police Bhola accusing Bikramjit Majithia of involvement in the drug trade cannot be false. The investigation of the case should be handed over to the CBI. Why is the Punjab government afraid of doing so if the accusations are false? If the government is not scared of the prosecution of senior ministers involved in the drug menace, then this investigation must be handed over to the CBI. The high court should take suo motu note of this serious offence and direct the CBI to investigate and book the Akali ministers involved.

Jagdeep Singh Matta, Patiala

Arduous tread

Recently, I had to gone to Mela, a village in Jaisinghpur tehsil of Kangra district by an HP transport bus. The bus dropped me at the Walkar khad bridge. From this bridge to another bridge on the Beas, the distance is 1 km. It connects Hamirpur with Kangra. I saw men and women, both young and old, treading this stretch on foot to catch further transport at Kathla which is also 1 km away from the bridge on the Beas. There is no direct route between these stretches and the commuters are at the mercy of taxi owners. The maintenance of the roads in the area is also poor, making the journey uncomfortable.

The bus routes should be regulated in a way that the people of Hamirpur, Mandi and Kangra don't feel any difficulty and can take advantage of the bridge on th Beas linking Kangra.

Rikhi Dass Thakur, Palbhu (Hamirpur)



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