It was surprising to read the report Pandher off the hook in one case (September 12). The Allahabad High Court has acquitted Moninder Singh Pandher, whom no lawyer was initially ready to defend in court for the seriousness of the crime he was accused of. The judgement seems to be driven more by emotions than evidence. It is important that in cases which attract media attention, judges neither get influenced by public opinion nor try to rush through the case.
Chintan Puri, Faridabad
Safety first and last
The recent accident in a Delhi school that led to the death of five students raises questions over the security of our children in schools (Harm away from home, Our Take, September 11). More such incidents could discourage people from sending their children to school. The Delhi government’s responsibility doesn’t end with distributing monetary compensation to the victims’ families. The least it can do now is to ensure that such accidents do not recur and punish the guilty.
Shinzani Jain, via email
The buildings of most government schools in Delhi are in a deplorable condition. Adverse weather conditions only increase the chances of fatal accidents, like the one that claimed five innocent lives last week. Unfortunately, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal is too busy reforming the Class 10 board examination system that ensuring proper infrastructure in every school is not on his priority list. The safety of our children is of utmost importance.
Neha Paul, Patiala
Not cast in stone
The report No politics with public money, SC tells Maya (September 9) comes as a great relief. The Supreme Court’s directive will put the brakes on Mayawati’s obsession with erecting her own statues in Uttar Pradesh. It is surprising that the Centre has not intervened in the matter at any stage. Stopping the construction of statues alone won’t help. Mayawati should be fined or disqualified from the next Assembly elections for misusing taxpayers’ money.
H. Khurshid, via email
No reservations, please
S.B. Misra in Reserved for failure (September 11) rightly states that reservation should not be considered as a birthright by certain communities. Almost every political party is using the reservation issue for votebank politics. On the pretext of helping the poor, our politicians create a communal divide by favouring some sections of society over others. The concept of reservation has lost its meaning today.
Vidya Sagar Sharma, Gurgaon