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india Updated: Sep 26, 2013 21:03 IST
crimes against women

It is important to educate men to reduce crimes against women
A murder in Bangalore (Maha Bharat, September 26) by Samar Halarnkar throws light on a very important issue that neither the politicians nor the media adequately highlights. Politicians always say that India has the advantage of having more than half of its population below the age of 35.

But what do they do to make sure that this huge power reserve is not wasted, or, even worse, turns into a liability? Well-educated men from good social backgrounds are taking to crime because they cannot handle pressure and have a skewed view of gender equations. Unless there is a concerted effort to culturally educate men about the rights of women and about the need to respect them, crimes against women will not end.

SD Sharma, via email

It’s the government’s fault that confidential reports are leaked

Reckless revelations (Our Take, September 26) is itself reckless as without naming the Government of India as the main culprit in the entire episode, the editorial appears to be blaming the former Army chief General VK Singh for the current events.

Ensuring the confidentiality of a sensitive report, especially regarding military matters, was squarely the task of the government which, instead, indulged in selective leakages. When driven to the wall, it is foolish to expect anybody, least of all an ex-soldier, to surrender, allowing himself to be crucified by vested interests.

Kumar Anand, Delhi

Rahul Gandhi’s statement will make things difficult for the Congress

With reference to ‘Need majority, can do without allies’ (September 26), it is surprising that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has said that if the party gets a majority it will go ahead without the help of allies.

To make such a statement, especially at a time when the general elections are not far off and the calculus of seat-sharing is not over, is political hara-kiri. Now all the UPA allies and other parties that were planning to form an alliance with the Congress will be wary of the grand old party. This will strain not only Congress-NCP ties, but also its ties with other regional parties.

Madan Mohan, New Delhi

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