Talk it over
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Talk it over
The clamour for more just and equal rights for women after the horrific Delhi gangrape has rightly generated a closer scrutiny of issues like the patriarchal nature of our society. But the debate should not be directed by popular frenzy. For instance, the demand for the death penalty for rape comes at a time when countries across the world are banning it and even eminent jurists here are examining the fallacies of various judgments, such as the one in the Bachan Singh case. When sensitive issues are hijacked by crowd sentiment, it creates a culture where everything is decided by street justice. Some of the recommendations of the Verma committee were long overdue. But issues like marital rape and exemptions under the AFSPA require detailed discussion by the various political stakeholders. Indian society is so heterogeneous that a single pill cannot cure all its problems.
— Manish Sharma, Jamnagar
The healthy approach
ALTHOUGH I appreciate the launching of the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram, the success of such schemes remains to be seen ('Under-5 mortality rate in India declines faster than global avg: Azad',
IE, February 7). Child mortality due to malnutrition is alarming in tribal areas like Jawhar, Wada and Mokhda. One of the main reasons for this is poverty. With the prices of foodgrains, milk and milk products, fruits and vegetables spiking sharply, it is almost impossible for low income families to provide vital nutrition for their children. The government's first step should be to control the prices of essential commodities and make them affordable. Only then can the problem of malnutrition be tackled effectively.
— Krishnaraj Acharya
Not so beautiful
THIS refers to 'Football failure' (IE, February 6). A Europol investigation found that hundreds of matches in Africa, Asia as well as South and Central America over the last four years were most probably rigged. Football lovers across the world are also stunned by reports of match-fixing by a Singapore gambling ring. Like cricket, the beautiful game has now revealed its ugly side. To clear the game of this taint, exemplary punishment, of the manner meted out to former cycling great Lance Armstrong, should be given to those who are guilty here. If world football is to be safe, FIFA must adopt technologies to reduce the scope of fixing.
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