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Sunday letters
Hindustan Times
New Delhi, January 05, 2013
First Published: 20:42 IST(5/1/2013)
Last Updated: 20:44 IST(5/1/2013)

Let her death not go in vain
With reference to the story She lit a flame (Dece-mber 30), the death of a 23-year-old student, who was gang-raped in a bus in Delhi on December 16, is an unfortunate reminder of our decadent social mores. But her death should not be allowed to go waste. We must now push the government to reform the rape laws as well as the Juvenile Justice Act. Instead of politicising the issue, all political parties should work with the government to bring about the required changes in the law. 
-Ramesh Sinha, Gurgaon

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As India mourns over the death of the 23-year-old, there are no words  that can condole her death and describe our helplessness and inability to save her.
-Prasenjit, via email

It’s time to deliver on promises
With reference to the article Now finish the job (Chanakya, December 30), there’s no doubt that people are disappointed with the political class in general and the UPA government in particular. Though the government managed to get in crucial initiatives like foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail, the Companies Act, 2012, etc, it has failed to act on issues that affect us on a daily basis: rising prices and corruption. The central government has let us down with its weak response to issues related to the Delhi gang rape and women’s safety. Lok Sabha elections are due next year and it’s time for the Congress for get its act together.
-Manish Chandra, via email

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In the last session of Parliament, the  UPA government managed to introduce big-ticket economic reforms, including ones that were deemed politically risky. Its stand on many contentious reforms was courageous and must be welcomed. However, these reforms will not improve the economic situation of the country overnight. The government now needs to reform the police and electoral structures. It’s a pity that the Police Act of 1861 still guides and governs India’s police system and the colonial mindset of the policemen. The distrust people had for the police in pre-Independent India continues even today.
-Sanjeev Jaggi, via email

Don’t stereotype women
With reference to Indrajit Hazra’s article Terrify the scum (Red Herring, December 30), from suggesting a dress code for women to saying that rapes are happening because we are blindly aping the West, our politicians leave no stone unturned to show their patriarchal biases. We also need to revisit the way we represent women in the media, be it in films or advertisements. It is unfortunate that women are either shown as ‘marriage material’ or ‘sex symbols’. It is time we change these stereotypes that hinder women’s progress and defeat the concept of gender equality .
-SN Bhargava, Delhi

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There’s no doubt that Hazra has raised valid points regarding women’s safety and India’s patriarchal mindset. However, while giving examples of religious characters (he may call them mythological), the writer should have exercised restraint in the use of language. The writer cannot write anything he pleases just to prove his point.
-Manish Paliwal, Delhi

He has a way with words
This refers to Manas Chakravarty’s article Sab theek hai (Loose Canon, December 30). His versions of the PM’s addresses to the nation were a literary treat. His satirical style of writing always drives home a point.
-A Azim, Lucknow

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