This has reference to the report India assured of quick access to Headley: PC (March 21). India’s reported plan to ask the US for the extradition of 26/11-mastermind David Headley is justified. However, if one takes into account India’s dismal record of punishing terrorists in custody, one wonders if Headley’s extradition will serve any purpose. The snail’s pace at which our criminal justice system functions doesn’t create the hope that those guilty of carrying out terror attacks will ever be brought to book. Terrorists like Afzal Guru and Ajmal Kasab along with others have been incarcerated in Indian jails without any tangible action being taken against them. Unless the Centre ensures a speedy justice system to carry out Headley’s trial, India’s demand for his extradition will only remain a hollow exercise aimed at pacifying public anger.
R.J. Khurana, Bhopal
Give labourers their due
Harsh Mander’s article Labour’s love lost (March 18) was quite an eye-opener as it lay bare the apathy of the Delhi government towards migrant labourers. It is disheartening to learn that despite having enough funds, the Delhi government is doing nothing for the welfare of these workers. While on the one hand, the government is trying to project Delhi as a world-class city before the Commonwealth Games, on the other, nothing is being done to provide basic amenities for those who are toiling night and day to make the event a success.
K. Venkataraman, Delhi
The malady lingers on
The report Jharkhand to shut down its killer mines (March 19) rightly highlighted the trauma faced by the miners working in subhuman conditions. Apart from being exploited by the local mafia, these labourers are fast becoming vulnerable to life-threatening ailments like cancer, respiratory and skin disorders. It’s time the government took measures to end this violation of human rights and ensured a healthy working environment for miners.
Rajan Kalia, via email
Law of harassing innocents
KumKum Dasgupta’s article Collateral damage (March 19) rightly pointed out the government’s excesses often lead to the violation of human rights these days. It’s a well-known fact that the Maoist menace needs to be tackled immediately, but the government shouldn’t crack the whip on anyone who seems to be critical of its policies. To be a Maoist sympathiser is one thing, and to be critical of the State’s policy towards handling the issue is quite another. The government must check its facts before harassing innocent citizens.
Prashasti Singh, via email