24 Letters

posted Apr 25, 2018, 8:10 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Apr 25, 2018, 8:10 AM ]

Death penalty may prove counter-productive

Sir, Pushed to the wall following national outrage at the horrific Kathua rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl and a string of near-similar crimes, the Union Cabinet approved an ordinance prescribing death penalty for rape of minors below 12 years of age, and enhanced punishment for all other rape crimes. While the stringent measures proposed by the ordinance are a move in the right direction and appreciated by all, the death penalty (which the Church does not approve) will make it more difficult for children to come out and disclose sexual abuse.

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Labour Day

Sir, Labour Day is celebrated in various countries around the world. In Maharashtra, it is celebrated as Maharashtra Day on May 1. This is one day that is exclusively dedicated to the labour class. However, unlike various other days that we celebrate, this one did not originate that easily.

It all began with the rise in industrialisation. The industrialists exploited the labour class. They derived a lot of work from them, but paid them meagrely. Labourers were made to work for 10-15 hours a day in tough conditions. >>>

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Festival of Families

Sir, Archbishop Martin of Armagh, Ireland spoke of the upcoming 9th World Meeting of Families in Dublin, August 21-26, 2018. Its theme: "The Gospel of the Family; Joy for the World!" Pope Francis will be present.

"This gathering aims to show the world that living the Catholic ideal of marriage and family life is not impossible, but is a realism that can be attained. Our message is about fidelity - that God loves us personally – that human life is sacred from the first moment of conception, all through marriage, until natural death – that chastity is possible for our young people."

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RIP, Archbishop Abraham

Sir, Archbishop Abraham of Nagpur, who was in Delhi for a meeting, passed away unexpectedly on April 19. He died in action and in office! He had attended a prayer meeting the previous evening in front of the Cathedral.

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Tips for safety

Sir, Let us hope that the recent Catholic Bishops Conference of India letter, offering the Church's solidarity with the victims of sexual assault, has an impact on our politicians who rather keep mum, and turn the other way, when such bizarre acts are committed. While it is difficult to understand the cause of these incidents, one of the reasons for such acts can be attributed to billions of online searches for pornography that occur around the world; those involving children account for just a tiny proportion. But that creates a lucrative business opportunity for the immoral. Photographs, videos and live-streaming now more commonly feature animals, toddlers, and sometimes even babies.

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Adequacy of Mumbai water supply in pre-monsoon months

Sir, The Sunday Times (April 22) carried a heartening piece of news regarding the sufficiency of water till the monsoon breaks over Mumbai; the maximum time it can last is till the end of July 2018.

As on April 22, total stocks stood at 4.85 lakh million litres, compared to 4.95 lakh million litres last year on the same date - a marginal difference. Moreover, the prognostication for a good monsoon is in the news. The government hopes there will be no problem.

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