Rape victims deserve justice and understanding, not blind prejudice
This refers to Namita Bhandare's article Don't defend the indefensible (Another Day, October 13). It is appalling that former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and khap panchayats think that child marriage is a solution to keep rape cases in check. Instead of giving such absurd and illogical suggestion, our politicians must shift their focus to issues like low conviction rates, insensitivity of police personnel while dealing with such cases and the safety of women in public places. It's high time we as a society realised that it is wrong to be prejudiced against the victims while the accused continue to act with impunity.
Kajal Chatterjee, via email
It is highly insensitive of politicians to use rape as a political issue with one of them absurdly suggesting that it is not a simple black-and-white law and order issue. A rape is a rape, no matter if the person committing the heinous act is a stranger, acquaintance or relative of the victim. This aberration calls for the strictest punishment for rapists.
R Maleyvar, via email
Conquer hunger with technology
This refers to the editorial It's something to chew on (Our Take, October 17). At a time when the Malthusian theory that population increases in a geometrical ratio, whereas food supply increases in an arithmetic ratio stares us in the face, there is little room for optimism. With arable land shrinking fast and the world's population multiplying rapidly, we need a realistic proposition to address the looming crisis of food insecurity. Our government must streamline the public distribution system by using technology to tackle issues like fake ration cards, pilferage and storage.
Vijai Pant, via email