Don’t let red beacon cars take the common man for a ride
With reference to Shivani Singh’s article VIP takeover of Delhi roads violates our fundamental rights (Metro Matters, February 4), the practice of causing inconvenience to the common man on account of VIP movement is not just discriminatory but also violative of our constitutional rights. Despite various eminent public personalities expressing their displeasure over such traffic curbs in the past, the ‘red beacon culture’ is still a routine. Besides causing loss of productivity, VIP convoys in a few cases have also led to delay in medical emergency response which is a matter of life and death.
Manish Chandra, via email
Age is no bar for punishment
This refers to the report Juvenile age limit needs more discussion, says FM (February 5). It would be a mockery of our justice system if the youngster, described as the most brutal of the six accused in the horrific Delhi gang rape and murder case, gets away with the mildest punishment. It’s time the Juvenile Justice Act is revisited and punishment is determined by the gravity of crime and not solely age. Juveniles convicted in heinous crimes like rape and murder should not be allowed to escape harsh punishment.
Mukul Kumar, via email
Divorced from equal rights
With reference to the report, Curtains down on J&K’s first all-girl band (Febr-uary 5), it is tragic that a handful of people bring disrepute to their religions. Hindu extremists who attack couples on Valentine’s Day are no different from Muslim extremists who term singing as un-Islamic. It needs to be understood that women’s rights are human rights. How on earth can innocuous acts like singing and playing drums cause harm to the moral fabric of society?
Mayank, via email