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Hindustan Times
New Delhi, December 25, 2012
First Published: 23:23 IST(25/12/2012)
Last Updated: 23:26 IST(25/12/2012)

Public outrage should prompt the government to amend rape laws
This refers to the report Capital's punishment: Anger spills over (December 24). It is appalling that the police over the past few days repeatedly used water cannons, tear gas shells and baton charge to disperse thousands of youths gathered at India Gate and adjoining areas to protest over the gangrape of a paramedic student. This kind of State violence was uncalled for and the protests could have been dealt with in a better a way. The fact that the crowd remained undeterred by the police action underlines that the public is angry with ill-treatment of women, police apathy and the slow justice delivery system in rape cases. We should not let this anger go in vain. We must get the government to amend rape laws and make our city streets safe for women at any time of day or night.
JN Bhartiya, Hyderabad 

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The protests demanding speedy justice for the December 16 rape victim will go a long way in getting rape laws amended if they remain focused and peaceful. However, it is sad that the protests for such a noble cause turned violent. I request the agitators to promote the idea of peaceful resistance and set an example for the world that has witnessed a lot of violent protests.
Kanchan Rawat, via email

Modi did not play communal
I do not agree with the editorial Misplaced perceptions (December 24) that states there is no evidence to believe the Muslims have swung for Narendra Modi in the Gujarat assembly elections. This is because Modi did not fight the elections on a communal plank and concentrated on development. The Congress kept harping on the 2002 Gujarat riots and had no other issues to put the Modi government on the mat and this kept voters away.
Man Mohan Bhatia, via email

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