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india Updated: Dec 19, 2012 23:26 IST
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Offenders must be made to pay a price for crimes against women

The brutal rape of a paramedical student on Sunday that has caused national outrage once again highlights the fact that criminals have no fear of the law (A nightmare on the streets, Our Take, December 19). The insensitive attitude of the police and poor investigation coupled with slow judicial proceedings have given criminals the courage to act with impunity. Worse, the onus of proof lies with the victim. Instead of issuing platitudes as the authorities do every time a rape takes place, it is time we rid the criminal justice system of stereotypes like the victim’s attire and her past relations, etc. Cases of eve-teasing, often perceived as a minor offence, and molestation should be dealt with firmly. Only speedy justice, conviction of the guilty and severe punishment can deter the perpetrators of such crimes against women.
Zainab Ahmed, Delhi

Quota in jobs will divide society

This refers to the report Promotion quota bill through in RS (December 18). Any attempt to create quotas in promotions for SCs/STs will not only undermine meritocracy and efficiency in administration but will further divide people along caste lines. It is imprudent to think that the bill is an altruistic one and will remove social inequality. It is a votebank-driven strategy in the guise of affirmative action which, if implemented, will only create economic and social disparity.
Rukhsana Khan, Lucknow

Team India needs new energy

This refers to the report Winter of discontent (December 18). England’s spinners did reasonably well to win two matches against a clueless Team India. From performance to internal problems, the battered team has a lot of issues to take care of. Split captaincy may help a bit but the team needs an overhaul before it’s too late.
Jayanthy S Maniam, Mumbai

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