Outside the law
Apropos of Barkha Dutt’s article Close encounters (April 28), no one has the right to engage in moral policing though, to some extent, journalists can border on the voyeuristic.india Updated: May 04, 2007 23:49 IST
Apropos of Barkha Dutt’s article Close encounters (April 28), no one has the right to engage in moral policing though, to some extent, journalists can border on the voyeuristic. The dust is yet to settle on the police action in Delhi. Let us not muddy the waters. The police have every right to investigate the matter and no one should sit on judgment on them.
When Pota was removed, many liberals celebrated. But a security officer is now more compelled than ever to consider fake encounters if the risk he/she is taking in saving society is to be made worthwhile. If the government had allowed killing of the terrorists bartered for in Kandahar, we would not have had to confront that situation so shamefully.
It is unfortunate that the deeds of a few army and police officers have undone the sacrifices of thousands of our men in uniform, who have been battling terrorism at personal risk. Not all the encounters are fake as is being sought to be projected by the writer. Those who try to blacken the name of the entire fraternity in uniform should spend a few days with them. They will find what it is to face a highly indoctrinated group of people armed with weapons.
The stage-managed surrenders, confessions and encounter killings are the only methods that our police prefer. The force is getting more politicised by the day. The argument that normal rules and laws often fail to handle serious crime situations is only a reflection on the inefficiency of our police functioning. By taking unlawful routes to handle crimes, the police are subverting the entire judicial system and eroding the faith of people in lawful governance. If criminals are to be treated with brutal force, how are we different from medieval societies that believed in the dictum ‘an eye for an eye’?
With reference to Manoj Joshi’s article Executing justice (May 2), India is in a situation where fake encounters by men in uniform could prove the catalyst for dangerous consequences. The country is facing Naxalism and terrorism. Extra-judicial killings will ensure further extremism. Police excesses are due to the fact that police system has not been reformed for decades. Such reform will stop the vicious circle of terrorism and retribution.
Ramesh Kumar Raja
Killing Sheikh Sohrabuddin in a fake encounter was an illegal act. But whenever a Muslim becomes a victim in such police activities in Gujarat, the secularists start sympathising with the community, forgetting the inhuman crimes committed by them. Who can forget the 9/11 attacks in the US, not to speak of several terrorist attacks on Hindu shrines in India. It is said that extra-judicial killings provide fertile ground for terrorism to flourish. But the reverse is also true, though Manoj Joshi does not think so.
Life is cheap
The editoral Predator State (May 2) has appropriately highlighted the scenario of increased corruption in the country in the form of extra-judicial killings. The Gujarat fake encounter has further eroded the people’s faith in law and order. Killing innocents like Kausar Bi in the name of killing a so-called criminal has diminished the importance of the people’s lives.
The media is working overtime to project the police officers of Gujarat and Rajasthan as murderers who will kill anybody for no reason. All the Opposition parties are issuing statements against Modi and police. Hundreds of innocent people are still missing in Punjab and Kashmir but no one seems to be bothered. If the security forces are treated like this, no police or army officer will dare to act against the ever-growing problem of terrorism.
With reference to the editorial RSS as party spoiler (May 4), what does the RSS seek to achieve by raking up the old controversy over Sikhs? Earlier they used to harp that Sikhism was part of Hinduism. Now once again, the RSS is back at it. The statement that ‘Sikhism is a separate religion but part of the larger Hindu samaj’ is contradictory. Hindus and Sikhs have cordial relations. And that is it.
It seems that the RSS has no respect or tolerance for other religions. It stoops to the level of thrashing couples walking together or burning down shops selling Valentine cards, all of which are antithetical to secularism, democracy and what our Constitution stands for. It is time for citizens to make a choice between modernity and regression.
This refers to the report Lalu retracts Emergency statement (April 27). It is totally unbecoming of Lalu Prasad Yadav to have supported the Emergency, which people resented bitterly. It is clear that he made this statement to appease Sonia Gandhi. It is more unbecoming that he retracted the statement by saying that the media has distorted his remarks. But then, what else do you expect from Lalu?