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india Updated: Jan 01, 2013 22:48 IST

Let her death be the catalyst for justice to other rape victims

With reference to the editorial Don’t let her life go to waste (Our Take, December 31), it is heartening to see that the media did not lose its momentum over the gang rape of a paramedic student in a moving bus and helped the entire country raise its voice against the lack of public safety for women. There’s no doubt that we need urgent reforms. However, this cannot be done through knee-jerk reactions like giving the death penalty to all convicted rapists. Besides stringent punishment for rape, we also need to expand the definition of rape to include all forms of sexual violence and penalise them. We, as a nation, must not let the girl’s death and the public outrage over it go in vain. This must act as a tipping point to bring closure to rape victims who are waiting for justice.
Somnath Sharma, via email

The condemnation we deserve

This refers to the report Case brings shame for India on international stage (December 31). India should be criticised for not ending rampant gender discrimination and sexual violence against women. Female foeticide, child marriage, dowry, honour killings, rape, domestic violence and human trafficking are some of the problems that a woman faces since the time she’s born in our country. We deserve this condemnation at international fora because we have failed to ensure our womenfolk a life of dignity and respect. Gulshan Kumar, via email

Not a grey matter

This refers to the report India washes hands of right for the elders (December 31). The growing neglect that the elderly are facing at the hands of their children is shameful. But it is the lack of institutional care that compels many to lead a life of indignity at the mercy of their apathetic children. It is time the government took steps to prevent ill-treatment of the elderly by their children as well as private caretakers.
Jeetesh Singh, via email