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Media gag unfortunate

Being a member of the legal fraternity and with due respect to the judiciary, I hesitate to agree with the recent “gag order” passed by a single Bench of the Delhi High Court not only on impleaded news channels/groups but also over all forms of media with respect to the case of alleged sexual harassment of a former law intern by a then judge of the Supreme Court who is now adorning the chair of a statutory national tribunal. The remedy lies with the news agencies concerned to challenge the same before a Division Bench of the high court, if they so desire. Though there are varying opinions over the reportage of news regarding the allegations of alleged “unwelcome sexual behaviour” against the former SC judge, I think, the news groups only reported what has been mentioned in the sworn affidavit of the alleged victim of sexual harassment. They did not resort to any rumour or speculation. The law prohibits only the publication of the name of the alleged victim in such cases and not that of the alleged tormenter.

When the victim reportedly submitted the affidavit to the Chief Justice a couple of months back, levelling the allegations, it would have been appreciable if the apex court had put the same in public domain even if it warranted no action on its part owing to its decision to not proceed against former judges of the court.


Population problem

With reference to news item “China eases one-child policy” (December 29), in India, we have no control over the population growth. When I was studying in Class X, just prior to Partition, we used to read a book “Our India” in which it was mentioned that the population of India (including the present Pakistan and Bangladesh) was 40 crore. The population of the truncated India today is 120 crore. The benefits of all development schemes are nullified to a great extent on account of the phenomenal rise in population. It would be desirable to provide effective measures to check population growth so that we are able to enjoy fully the fruit of our development schemes.

GR Kalra, Panchkula

Too many mouths to feed

The growth in the agriculture sector is much less as compared to the expansion in population, resulting in an abnormal price rise in the food sector. In this context, danger is looming large. The future is bleak as our population is likely to expand to more than 150 crore around 2030 and there will be a shortage of foodgrains and it will hit our economy adversely.

China and some western countries have controlled their populations and are now enjoying the fruit of the action. We also need to control population by imposing restrictions.

D.L. Duggal, Chandigarh

Grow old graciously

According to a survey, approximately 120 crore people are suffering from old age problems. Old age is a disease, but unavoidable. It is a problem for which there is no solution. Children are not ready to keep their parents with them. The only solution to this situation is to accept it as a part of life and compromise with the situation and the children. Children have their own preferences and compulsions. But most people do not compromise with the ground reality and the going becomes painful. The elderly should create diversions for their amusement and try to maintain peace.

DEEPAK SARAF, Rampura Phul

Freedom fighters

There must be just a few hundred freedom fighters alive. Can’t we take care of them? Haryana and Himachal Pradesh are giving Rs 15,000 per month as Swatantra Sanman pension to its freedom fighters. Punjab, under Parkash Singh Badal, who himself is a freedom fighter, is treating them as beggars as they are paid only ~ 500 per month. In what respect are freedom fighters of Punjab inferior to their counterparts in HP and Haryana?

While presiding over a mushaira on February 26, 2013, Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa gave an assurance of renaming Government College of Education, Patiala, in memory of Prof Hans Raj, a freedom fighter and retired Principal, who died on February 21, 2013 at Patiala. But nothing has happened. Will he do something?

Dr Naresh Raj, Patiala



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