India cannot afford to ignore the need to reform its police force
This refers to Samar Halarnkar's article Arrested development (Maha Bharat, January 31). There's no doubt that our police force is overworked and stressed out. The incident of fratricide is symptomatic of a larger problem ie long overdue police reforms. Long hours, graveyard shifts, understaffing and growing family pressures at home often create significant health and mental risks for the men in uniform. It's high time the government implemented police reforms and moderated the tremendous pressure under which policemen operate. The fact that the Indian constabulary is still using archaic .303 rifles shows how ill-prepared we are to fight sophisticated attacks. Thus, we cannot afford to ignore the urgent call for police reforms.
Gulshan Kumar, via email
A move in the wrong direction
It is sad that instead of bringing students belonging to the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Castes and minority communities into the mainstream, the Delhi government is planning to set up a residential school for them (A special school for minorities, January 31). This move is not in nation's interest and will further divide the country along communal lines. Every student, irrespective of caste or creed, deserves an equal opportunity to make the best use of his/her potential.
RK Bhasin, via email
Make an exception in this case
This refers to the report It's official: Young rape beast a minor (January 29). It is indeed ridiculous that the sixth accused in the Delhi gang rape case has been officially declared as a juvenile. If he is old enough to commit such a heinous crime then he is old enough to be tried like an adult. The government should make an exception in this case and award him the same punishment as it will do to the other five accused. That will be the right way to give justice to the victim and bring a closure to the case.
B Chaman, via email
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