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Medical malpractices

Once considered to be a noble profession, the medical profession is fast losing its sheen. More and more people are looking upon doctors as looters due to large-scale malpractices indulged in by some physicians. Some of them are only bothered about money and nothing else. They consider patients as consumers and that’s why respect towards the profession is fast vanishing.

The most unethical thing nowadays is the mushroom growth of chemist shops in private hospitals and nursing homes and even with consultants. How can a consultant open a shop in his premises?

These shops are run by their employees who do not have the requisite qualification or are given on contracts which run into lakhs of rupees per month, depending on the patients examined. All such shops are the biggest source of corruption because the doctors concerned prescribe only those medicines which are available there and their rates are extremely high. Also, often such medicines are substandard and available anywhere in the city.

Why do the worthy civil surgeons and drug inspectors not bother about this illegal trade? The health minister and his CPS must do something.

Dr Naresh Raj, Patiala

Rahul has Alladin’s lamp

It seems that Rahul Gandhi has found the Alladin’s lamp that fulfils his every wish. He wanted the number of LPG cylinders to be raised, made a request, and instantly got the green signal. He represented the Jain community to get them a minority status and the they got that tag within no time. Great work!

Rahul ji, please approach the PM to get the perpetrators of 1984 riots hanged. Believe me, this move will get you votes and blessings. Please make the status of general and reserved category students equal and you’ll be a youth icon. See if you can detail the names of Swiss bank account holders and get the cash back to India, the lobby of businessmen will worship you. Lastly, see if you can meet the PM for the formation and enforcement of tougher laws to stop eveteasing, rapes and acid attacks. Girls of my country will pray for your success.

Deepjot S Thukral, Ambala Cantt

What of victims’ rights?

You have endorsed in a veiled manner the Supreme Court's upholding of the rights of convicts on death row in the editorial Back to life (January 22). But what about the rights of the innocent victims who were killed in cold blood by these barbarians?

Do the Supreme Court and champions of the human rights, who are showing sympathy for the murderers, think that the innocent victims are not human beings? What about the sentiments of the kin of the victims, who had been waiting for justice? What about their rights? The inefficiency of the government should not hamper natural justice.

A.K.SHARMA, Chandigarh


The recent judgment of the Supreme Court commuting death sentence into life imprisonment has raised controversies. What amounts to delay? How many years’ or months’ delay is to be considered as delay?

The court has focused on the human rights of the accused, but what about the human rights of the victims or their families who had been waiting to see the guilty punished? The victim is the core of any criminal justice system.

We should not promote the accused-oriented approach to maintain a balance in the legal system. Such a judgment gives an indirect invitation to the mighty accused to get their execution delayed and escape the gallows, thereby making a mockery of justice.

Dr Sunaina, Chandigarh

Mercy welcome

The recent Supreme Court judgment which commuted the death sentence of 15 convicts to life imprisonment is a welcome step. The delay in executing the sentence puts them to mental agony and suffering as their mercy petitions are kept pending for no fault of theirs.

I P S Anand, Mani Majra

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