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india Updated: Mar 12, 2013 22:26 IST

It’s high time jail authorities raised the bar for security
With reference to the editorial Many questions, few answers (Our Take, March 12), it is a matter of shame that the State first failed to protect the Delhi gang rape victim and now has failed to save the life of the prime accused Ram Singh. It is strange that such a high-profile undertrial allegedly committed suicide in a high-security prison which he shared with two other inmates in a cell, putting the functioning of the Tihar jail authorities under suspicion. The fact that Singh’s suicide is the third in Tihar jail in the last 15 months must compel the authorities to take corrective steps, be in terms of psychological aid provided to the inmates or stepping up of security measures.
MC Joshi, Lucknow

Rust showing in the iron man
With reference to the editorial Not doing any good (March 12), at a time when factionalism in the BJP has reached its zenith, LK Advani’s remark that the people are disillusioned with the party is unbecoming of a senior party leader. By flaying the BJP publicly Advani is not helping the party’s cause, rather he’s aggravating the internal crisis. He has every right to criticise the party for its policies and programmes and given his political acumen and experience, he must steer the party in the right direction but he should do this at party forums. His outbursts on the BJP’s credentials seem to be a visible sign of frustration.
Gagandeep, via email

He should just come clean
Olympic bronze medal winner boxer Vijender Singh’s refusal to give blood and hair samples for forensic tests in connection with the recent R130 crore drug haul not only goes against the spirit of sport but also creates doubts in the minds of his fans and countrymen (Drugs haul: Vijender refuses to give blood sample, March 12). Singh is setting a wrong example for other sportspersons. If he wants to come out clean, he must cooperate with the investigating agencies in their probe.
Mudassir Alam, via email

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