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Commenting on the gangrape in New Delhi, Rashtriya Sahrara, in an editorial on December 19, writes: "It seems that in our cities respect for women has completely been dispensed with... One reason for this is that the insensitivity of the police, long delays in court cases and apathy of citizens have removed the fear of law and police from the hearts of the perpetrators of such heinous crimes. Women have become absolutely unsafe in our society... [But] the entire blame cannot be levelled against the police and the administration. In fact, modern society is becoming uncontrollable... When fathers make their daughters objects of their sexual desires, nieces are victims of the lust of their uncles, what can the police and the administration do?"
In a controversial take, Shakeel Shamsi, editor of the multi-edition daily, Inquilab, in his column on December 19, writes: "It is regrettable that the capital of our country is far ahead of other cities in the number of cases of rape. In any locality of New Delhi, no woman can dare to come out alone after 9 pm. Only in Muslim majority areas can girls have the courage to come out alone at night on foot or in rickshaws, whereas in the posh localities of New Delhi, no woman would be seen alone at night anywhere... Can those who hate Muslim localities explain how there is so much security in these localities?" Delhi and Patna-based daily, Hamara Samaj, highlighted the emotional speeches made by women — and men — in Parliament on this issue on December 18.
Rehman Malik's VISIT
Inquilab, in its editorial on Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik's India visit last week, writes on December 18: "Rehman indeed came to India to promote peace, friendliness, mutual understanding and business relations between the two countries. But he kept trying to find ways to defend his country through a spate of statements. He might have contradicted his first statement. But even if he said something like the reported statement, it is absolutely unacceptable. The demolition of [the] Babri Masjid was indeed a tragedy that is like a black spot on the secular character of our beloved country. [But] it concerns India's democracy and it is absolutely an internal matter. No representative of a foreign country has the right to criticise it, not to compare it with brutal attacks like 26/11, whose conspiracy was hatched in a foreign country... The nature of both the episodes is not only different but also contradictory. In this background, one is compelled to wonder whether the objective of Malik's visit was to promote goodwill, or something else?"
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