This refers to Pankaj Vohra’s article Gender’s worked for Bedi (July 30). It is a pity that the entire premise of the article was misplaced. I have never claimed that gender bias was a reason for this decision. In fact, I have rejected it outright when asked.
The Dutt verdict
Apropos of the editorial Reeling in real life (August 1), even if Sanjay Dutt has changed into a humble human being, would it justify depriving the victims of justice and shaking the common man’s faith in India’s judicial system? The media coverage, showing ‘Munnabhai’ movies on every channel, undermines the principles of respect and equality before the law. Why should people be forced to ignore the potential of violence that Sanjay’s act entailed? Let Sanjay and his sympathisers accept the verdict if they believe in what he calls ‘Gandhigiri’.
Extreme justice is extreme injustice. This is apt in the case of Sanjay Dutt who has already suffered a lot in the last 14 years. With remarkable improvement in his character, the star has earned the goodwill of the public. A smaller sentence of a few months could have met the ends of justice.
I am ashamed of our vote-bank hungry politicians, who couldn’t touch terrorists like Afzal Guru, Yakub Memon, etc. who killed hundreds of innocent Indians in the 1993 Mumbai blasts. Abu Salem is still being tried. Our laws are full of loopholes and courts dead slow. Every genuine Indian’s sympathy is with Sanjay Dutt.
Sanjay has suffered more than what he deserves. Several people have committed far more heinous crimes, but still roam free. The law does not apply to them as they continue to rule the country.