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india Updated: Nov 14, 2010 20:55 IST

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The anti-ragging law has not put an end to this menace
The judgement in the Aman Kachroo ragging case is disappointing (All 4 accused convicted in Aman Kachroo case, November 12). The main culprit who instigated his friends deserves a longer prison term. Unfortunately, the enactment of the anti-ragging law has not put an end to this menace. The only solution is to make a senior person like the college principal or hostel warden responsible for enforcing a zero tolerance policy on ragging. Facilities should also be provided to freshers so that they can lodge anonymous complaints.
Manjula Pal, New Delhi

II
Four years of rigorous imprisonment, awarded to the four students held guilty of brutally beating Aman Kachroo and thereby causing his death, is not enough to serve as an effective deterrent to others. The judiciary must appreciate the fact that the people of this country have great faith in its workings. In such cases of larger public concern, the scrutiny and justice delivery has to fit the bill of public perception and expectation to keep that faith intact.
M.C.Joshi, Lucknow

He is beyond the pale
It is surprising that an octogenarian leader like KS Sudarshan, former RSS sarsanghchalak, levelled bizarre allegations against Sonia Gandhi, calling her a CIA agent and accusing her of plotting the assassinations of her husband and mother-in-law (Emotional Cong condemns ‘obscene’ attack on Sonia, November 12). There is no excuse for these uncivilised and obscene remarks that ended up hurting millions of Congress supporters and citizens. Sudarshan should apologise for his derogatory comments.
Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee, Faridabad

II
Sudarshan's remarks about Sonia Gandhi are extremely offensive. His conduct is incomprehensible. Leaders of all political and religious persuasions should uphold the highest standards of public conduct, morality and discourse. However, now that both the RSS and the BJP have dissociated themselves from Sudarshan's comments, the Congress would do well to close the ugly chapter once and for all. No one has bought Sudarshan's bizarre theories, not even his erstwhile followers.
RJ Khurana, Bhopal
III
Sudarshan's remarks were not worthy of so much space in your esteemed daily. These are his personal views and the RSS should not be unnecessarily dragged into it. Congress sycophants too must engage in improving the party's image after the recent corruption allegations rather than rave and rant in their attempt to prove their loyalty to the dynasty.
Manish Garg, Noida

India's still held back
The editorial on the United Nations Human Development Report (At the bottom of the barrel, Our Take, November 11) was thought-provoking. Our euphoria in being labelled an up and coming economic super power is misplaced. Until our leaders and politicians ensure that all sections of society are rid of poverty, illiteracy and backwardness, we cannot be at a par with the developed nations.
Ranjana Manchanda, via email

A work in progress
The sexual harassment bill is (Make it work for working women, Another Day, November 13) might not change male mentality but if those men who are guilty of such crimes at workplace are punished, they may be forced to think twice before indulging in such acts.
Bal Govind, Noida