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Nightmare streets

india Updated: Jan 04, 2008 02:55 IST

With reference to the editorial Beastly tales (January 3), the molestation of the women by a mob in Mumbai was disgraceful. Such indecent acts should be condemned and the criminals stringently punished. This also reflects on our police force, which has shown itself incapable of providing us security at night. But hats off to the courageous photographers who called the police on time and saved the victims.

Rehan Ansari
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The incident reflects the growing chasm between the haves and the have-nots, and the growing frustration of the latter which results in such violent attacks. Such shameful incidents call for exemplary punishment to the wrong-doers. This alone will send a clear message to such elements and allow Mumbai to regain its reputation as a safe city.

Deepak Sharma

EC does it

A.G. Noorani’s article Errors of Commission (January 2) was unconvincing. It is one thing to disapprove of post-Godhra rioting and the failure of the administration to bring the guilty to book. But it is quite another to launch attacks on Modi during the electoral process. Noorani rightly says that the EC should refrain from issuing missives without verifying that a prima facie violation of the moral code has taken place. Had it done so before taking Modi to task, the need to issue a notice to Sonia Gandhi may never have arisen. But Noorani must also know that the provision for registration of political parties has enabled the EC to keep a check on the conduct of parties and has proved to be judicious.

J.M. Manchanda
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Whose SEZ is it?

Apropos of the editorial Safe SEZ: a guide (January 2), the lessons from Nandigram must not be forgotten. While the SEZ projects
may have been scrapped, no government can ignore developmental activities. This is a matter of concern in Goa and in other states where such SEZs are in
the pipeline.

P. Gopalakrishnan