Letters to the Editor

FPJ BureauUpdated: Saturday, June 01, 2019, 11:17 PM IST
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Pay heed to these recommendations

The Verma Committee has done a good job and come out with a large number of recommendations, which are, by and large, acceptable.  The only area where there is considerable difference of opinion in the minds of the public is that if a minor commits a ‘major’ crime, he has to be treated on par with adult criminals.  It will also encourage criminal gangs to include minors in their groups to go about their crimes with impunity.  It was the country’s youth that were shocked by what happened in Delhi and so it is not surprising that the suggestions came overwhelmingly from this quarter.  It is now imperative that the recommendations be implemented in earnest, without allowing them to gather dust in some babu’s file.

Dr.V.Subramanyan

Now, for fast-track implementation

Kudos to the Justice J S Verma committee (with former Himachal Pradesh Chief Justice Leila Seth and former Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam), for submitting its 630- page report in 29 days.

It is shocking that not even one director general of police from any state sent any recommendation, even as the committee received almost 80,000

suggestions from the country and the abroad. No doubt this is one of the fastest delivered commission findings and recommendations. Now the aam aadmi hopes that for the safety of women, the report will be taken up “seriously” in the coming Parliament session.

Very welcome also are the committee’s suggestions for a review of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act for which Irom Sharmila Chanu from Manipur went on a fast unto death more than 12 years ago, demanding a repeal of the Act.

Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee

Verma Committee strikes fine balance

The biggest plus point of the Verma committee recommendations is its balance. The distinguished panel, comprising eminent jurists, has given a very realistic report and has not allowed emotions to creep into its report at a time when almost the entire country is in favour of a death penalty for the Delhi gang rape accused. It is almost impossible to act on suggestions from every nook and corner of the country and Justice Verma and his team have lived up to the task well even if one considers certain flaws in the report. The committee has, by adding some new sections to the Indian Penal Code and by trying to provide different definitions to punishment for rape and gang rape, has finely balanced different viewpoints . It has done well by significantly recommending that non-registration of rape offence be made a criminal offence. It has also assuaged the feelings of women in India by recommending separate clauses for crimes like eve-teasing,stalking, voyeurism and indecent behaviour, making these punishable under the law more easily, and a separate Rights for Women Bill. The committee has displayed its sensitiveness on the ‘two-finger’ test, a procedure vociferously opposed by many women’s wings. The procedure of the ‘test’ has been dealt with in detail by the committee, which has expressed its displeasure about the test, though it has no alternative suggestions to make the offence of rape foolproof.

Ganapathi Bhat

Setting a precedent

The Justice Verma committee has presented a role model for other such panels and commissions and also for the government, when it finished a huge task in just 29 days, a day short of the assigned period, that too by going through each of the 80,000 recommendations having reached it.

Now it is for the government and Parliament to follow the example by legislating law on sexual crimes at the same speed within the forthcoming budget session itself, by going through all legal and Parliamentary formalities.  Some of the strictures which do not need legislation should be instantly looked into, like Justice J. S. Verma’s harsh comments on the pat for the Delhi police commissioner by the union home secretary.

Madhu Agrawal

Inspiring topper

The CA exam is one of the toughest exams and rarely does one get through at the first shot.  But Prema Jayakumar, daughter of Jayakumar Perumal of Malad, an autorickshaw driver, not only topped the exams, but did it in her first attempt.  She scored 607/800 (75.88%), a very unique achievement, considering her circumstances.  Of the 29,339 students taking the exams, barely 3,800 (12.9%) passed, which shows how difficult this exam is. Three cheers for the talented Prema and may we have more such ladies coming to the fore.

Shanmugam Mudaliar

Winsome start to the year

It seems like ages, but a series win which eluded India for such a long time finally came true at the picturesque Mohali stadium, where India trounced England with ease, to win the ODI series 3-1 after we were outplayed in the Test matches.

Batting is our strength and we have the talent to beat the best on our day. Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Kohli, Yuvraj along with captain Dhoni are great ODI players, perhaps the very best the game of cricket has at the moment and our boys need to show consistency and that would come by the commitment shown. Also, there must be a

rotation policy, where players could be given rest and time to tend to their minor injuries and reenergize themselves to meet the tough demands of one-day cricket.

After poor performances in the last year and a half, our team is beginning to turn things around and we have begun 2013 on a winning note.

One hopes this momentum continues and we are able to stay at the top of the ODI rankings for weeks running into months. Here is wishing Dhoni  and his boys good luck in their endeavor.  Our real test would be against the Aussies in the days to come!

S.N.Kabra

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