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Scourge of rapes

Apropos the article “Unending scourge of rapes” by Inder Malhotra (March 20), it was expected that after the draft put up by the late Chief Justice JS Varma, the law would take care of the offenders, but it has not happened.

The stringent law on sexual crimes against women has not worked as the fear of law has not deterred the goons. In fact, rape cases seem to have multiplied. And, the high and mighty charged with such offences seldom get arrested. They roam freely.

If some offender is set free or acquitted by the court, the investigating agency should be held responsible for that crime. It has been rightly stated that investigation into crimes against women continues to be shoddy and slow and, at times, is deliberately botched.

Col Jaswant S Chandel, Kalol (Bilaspur)

Men’s view of women

Our male politicians are biased against and diplomatic towards the Bill for giving 33% reservation to the women in legislative and parliamentary elections. This shows their mentality vis a vis the women.

The reservation for women in rural and urban self-government areas are in name only as generally these bodies are in fact run by the male family members of the elected representatives. The failure of the passing of the 33% reservation Bill for women 14 times in 15 years (1996-2011) is proof of their biased attitude.

However, in contrast, the MPs pass their salary increment Bill without discussion in a few minutes, with total support in both Houses of Parliament.

Wg Cdr Jasbir Singh Minhas (Retd), Mohali

Sikh population

A nation or a community is known by the quality of its people and not by their number (“Takht Jathedar advocates 4 kids per Sikh couple”, March 19). No doubt, there has been a substantial decline in the population of Sikhs. Most of them are not observing the rahat-maryada. Many trim their hair, drink liquor, eat meat and smoke cigarettes. Many among them take drugs.

What has the SGPC done to reform the misguided Sikhs? During the last SGPC election, it was rumoured that many candidates offered illicit wine and drugs to garner votes. Alas! “Karein gey kya rafee voh qaum key chaak-e-girebaan ke/Jinhein apna phata daaman abhi seena nahin aata chaak-e-girebaan: (collar slit).”

Bhagwan Singh, Qadian

Caste-based units

Apropos the editorial “Faith in numbers” (March 20), the perceived decline in the number of Sikhs is possibly due to the defining of sehajdharis and patits as non-Sikhs and by disfranchising them for the SGPC elections. Many Sikhs have their own caste-based gurdwaras or are followers of some deras led by pseudo-godmen.

It has been aptly observed that the Sikh religion has yet to realise the Gurus’ ideals of a casteless society. The Sikh Regiment and some Armoured Corps, Artillery and Engineers units recruit only Jat Sikhs. The Sikh LI and one group of engineers recruit only Mazhbi and Ramdasia Sikhs.

The Sikh clergy should call a conclave of retired and serving soldiers of all Sikh units to abolish caste-based recruitment in units.

Brig K.S. Grewal (Retd), Panchkula

Family planning

The Jathedar of Akal Takht Sahib stating that Sikh couples should have four kids each is a threat to the government’s family planning programme which incurs millions of rupees and a huge infrastructure. Similar statements had been issued by some other religious leaders earlier. No community or ideology can survive on numbers only; what matters is quality.


Ills of graft

Though everything has changed in the 65 years of Independence -- technology, education, infrastructure, sports, lifestyle --, our economic growth is declining. This is because of the rise in corruption. There is need to generate output and make the public aware of the native products so that our wealth remains within. Economic efficiency should be the priority of the system.


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