Letters to the Editor

Child witness courtroom is a welcome move

The setting up of India’s first child witness courtroom (CWCR) in New Delhi is a welcome step. Child witnesses should be provided a conducive atmosphere as against the usual tense atmosphere of the court. A separate lift for children to take them to the room is a good initiative. The same principle should be followed for family courts, and a separate lift should be there with decorative paintings, to make them think that they are going to the play room. It is unfortunate that quarreling parents bring children to courts. The CWCR will help in giving justice to children who are victims of sexual abuse.
Deendayal M Lulla

UPA reforms: Another scam

The big-bang reforms is another scam of the Congress. Why did the Congress not bring these reforms before the Coalgate scam? The Congress knows the BSP and SP will go with them as both the parties are afraid of CBI.
The opposition BJP can’t fight the UPA as the party itself is neck-deep in the scam in the BJP-ruled states.
Rajan Devarajan

UPA scared of mid-term polls

The Prime Minister and his ministers are well aware that they can carry on with anti-people decision without any fear till 2014, because no party can afford to go in for mid-term elections. No MP would like to fritter away with hard-earned seat in Parliament. The tainted UPA government is happy with the loot from the scams. They are not sure of returning to Parliament if mid-term elections are held.
Madhu Agrawal

Allies speak for public consumption

The public posturing of TMC, DMK and other UPA allies on diesel price hike, LPG cylinder restrictions and the FDI in retail is a sham. If they have the courage, these parties should demonstrate it by withdrawing support to the UPA. These parties seem to be making statements only for public consumption. None of them wants to face elections.
V N Ramachandran

Aseem should learn from Laxman 

Kanpur cartoonist Aseem Trivedi needs to learn from the works of R K Laxman who had been sarcastic and critical of the establishment and still not got involved in any controversy.
Dr V Subramanyan Iyer,

Landmark judgement

The Bombay High Court judgment in the infamous Pune rape and murder of BPO employee by which the court has confirmed the death sentences to the two accused is a landmark verdict. When courts award the severest of punishment to accused in such heinous cases, then people’s faith in judiciary is most likely to be restored and retained. In the past, our courts had very rarely invoked the ‘rarest of rare’ dictum in rape cases leading to murder of the victim. But the lower court and the Bombay High Court have done it to warm the hearts of all women who venture out to work for the sake of themselves and their families. The Bombay High Court has aptly termed the night duties of women as ” graveyard shifts”. The court has also talked of referring to the chief justice on issues regarding framing of guidelines for women’s safety in work-places. The judgment should alert all employers, more so those who employ women in night shifts, to take a large onus in providing a secure and safe environment to women working in night shifts.
Ganapathi Bhat

HC ruling is welcome

It’s a welcome ruling of the Bombay High Court for handing down death sentence to two convicts in the Pune BPO staff’s rape and murder case. Safety of women in society is of foremost importance and it is our earnest desire to make workplace most safe for women in India.
Subbu Jayanthi,
Navi Mumbai

Anti-corruption activist 

Anna Hazare have surprise everybody as many thought that he had a political road-map for the people of country, but it seems that he is fumbling when he has formed the advisory team of 40 eminent people from across the country to advise him on the future course of action and throwing out his two members Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi from the panel. His new team will support only independent candidates during the elections. I strongly feel that surprising people with his decision he is confused about his future as some times he says it is political and some times non-political and supporting candidates, if he wants to change the political structure of India he will not able to do it due to corrupt system and the politicians so he must try next time at the appropriate time rather than wasting time and money in the current uncertain political atmosphere in the country.
Bhagwan Thadani

Young should fight together

It is time for the young MPs to stand up and fight. Most of the top people have enjoyed too much freedom to insult the younger generation and they are mocking at the young MPs. I request all of them irrespective of party lines to stand up to this threat and show them that they can do better than the old and worn out leaders. Most of the people mocking at the young faces are not highly qualified and the present generation is not so. Therefore it will not be difficult for them to shine.
S. S. Nair

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