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The whole debate on the death penalty is hanging by a thread

india Updated: Apr 02, 2012 23:08 IST

The whole debate on the death penalty is hanging by a thread

With reference to the editorial Deter-rence is just a myth (Our Take, March 31), I disagree with the view that the death penalty diminishes the dignity and majesty of the law. The Hindustan Times should not try to justify Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal's clemency request to the president for Balwant Singh Rajoana. The comparison between capital punishment and a terror attack is inappropriate too. In my view, hanging people like Rajoana, who do not have any regard for others' lives, acts as a deterrent.
RK Garg, Chandigarh

It's not a minor offence
The report Minor help starves as doctor couple holidays (March 30) made for shocking reading. It is unfortunate that educated people are not only breaking the law by hiring minors as domestic help but are also mistreating them. The media should print the pictures of such people and embarrass them publicly. The doctor couple in question must be punished at the earliest and their licences be revoked.
Tushar Kumar, via email

Let us go strictly by the facts
This refers to Gautam Chikermane's article Don't expel US historian, govt told (March 31) on the historian Peter Heehs. I am disappointed by the prejudiced view of the author. It is the tragedy of Hinduism that we do not have the right to feel hurt or follow the law of the land for justice. If Heehs had made false comments about someone who isn't a Hindu, the author and his supporters could have been jailed for slander and causing public unrest. I wonder if Chikermane has really understood why the authorities concerned have refused to renew Heehs' visa. It's time to get the facts right and let the government and the judiciary do their job.
Anish Behl, via email


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