24 Letters

posted Apr 19, 2018, 2:38 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Apr 19, 2018, 2:38 AM ]

SC/ST type Act needed to protect our 'Betis'

Sir, The horrific rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua cannot be seen in isolation. Such incidents are growing with alarming regularity and impunity. There's an underlying pattern of supremacy that's emerging. Another equally gruesome incident has occured in Surat, this time with an 11-year-old girl. However, most of these cases go unreported for fear of the high and mighty. Police officials are bribed. Victims and their families are threatened, even killed. Politicians remain silent and react with lip service, only when compelled to do so, following public outrage.

The Kathua incident has exposed the hypocrisy of our leadership. What good are empty slogans like 'Beti bachao, Beti padhao' or 'Sab ka saath, Sab ka vikas'? The little girl from Kathua is not a Hindu, Muslim or Christian beti. She is sab ki beti. We have turned into a depraved nation of hypocrites with hordes of gau rakshaks protecting animals, while two-legged beasts roam free; with self-appointed moral policemen protecting our so-called Indian culture, but not a single rakshak to protect our own betis.


Strong Judiciary for safe India

Sir, This refers to "If judiciary is not strong, nobody in the country is safe" (TOI, dated April 15). What strikes us more is the words: "Being insensitive to human misery is also corruption." These words were told to us by none other than Justice Chelameswar, the second seniormost Supreme Court Judge. The justice system is the mechanism that upholds the rule of law. Our courts provide a forum to resolve disputes and to test and enforce laws in a fair and rational manner. The courts are an impartial forum, and judges are free to apply the law without regard to the government's wishes or the weight of public opinion. Court decisions are based on what the law says and what the evidence proves; there is no place in the courts for suspicion, bias or favoritism. This is why justice is often symbolised as a blindfolded figure balancing a set of scales, oblivious to anything that could detract from the pursuit of an outcome that is just and fair.


Social Justice according to Bergoglio

Sir, Pope Francis has written a Preface to an Italian language book of his writings and speeches, published on April 12, 2018, titled as above. He hopes his messages on economic and social matters will inspire those who exploit others to have a change of heart; thus coming to find a sense of humanity and justice! Some extracts from the book:

"The Church, in spreading the message of charity and justice preached by the Gospel, cannot remain silent in the face of injustice and suffering … Many encounters have confirmed to me that the Gospel is not an utopia, but a real hope for the economy. God does not abandon his creatures; rather, He invites everyone in collaborating for the common good!"


Battling Plastic pollution

Sir, There is an urgent need to find diverse strategies and ways to diminish the rising plastic production by recycling the existing plastic garbage. Ever wondered what happens to the trash that is picked up from your house? Does it make its way to a landfill, or do parts of it get dumped into some water body?

In spite of all our efforts, India remains one of the top ten waste-generating countries in the world. With a daily output of over 70,000 million tonnes of all kinds of garbage, India is also one of the lowest-ranking countries in terms of recycling.


Nation hangs its head in shame

Sir, There is growing outrage across the country at the horrendous violence against girls in Kathua and Unnao rendering 'BETI BACHAO' slogan ring utterly hollow. Both cases reflect political pressures that disrupt criminal investigations.

The Unnao rape survivor faced more trauma after her father's death in custody, her family 's exodus from their native village and UP police's failure to arrest the accused BJP MLA until the Allahabad High Court and CBI stepped in.


Say No to Bottled Water

Sir, Today drinking mineral water has become a fashion. But you've probably wondered: Is fancy bottled water somehow better for you than plain tap water? Not necessarily. Besides, do you know the environmental impact of bottled water? Each year, more than 4 billion pounds of PET plastic bottles end up in landfills or as roadside litter!

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