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india Updated: Sep 14, 2013 00:51 IST
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It is time voters stopped falling for the nefarious designs of politicians
With reference to the report SP leaders gun for Azam Khan, Mulayam plays it down (September 13), it is surprising that those who keep on raking up the issue of the 2002 Gujarat riots were silent on dozens of communal clashes that took place in Uttar Pradesh on the Samajwadi Party’s watch.

It took the death of 43 people for the Centre to break its silence on the misrule of the state government. It is high time that something was done to stop this dirty vote-bank politics. Voters should also not fall for the nefarious designs of political parties which seek to gain political mileage out of communal clashes.

Vanita Shenoy, via email

Justice still eludes thousands of rape victims all over the country
The editorial This verdict can set a precedent (Our Take, September 11) rightly states that all rape cases should be concluded as speedily as the Delhi gang rape one.

The Saket fast track court’s Friday verdict is likely to give some sense of closure to the December 16 victim’s family but there are numerous families like theirs who are waiting for justice.

The fact that according to the law ministry out of more than one lakh pending cases across the country in 2012, only around 14.5% could be disposed of must force the government to set up more fast-track courts to try crimes against women.

The arrest of Asaram Bapu will go a long way in sending a strong message that no one is above the law.

Shankar Prasad, via email

Punishing bribe-givers will make acts of corruption more clandestine
With reference to the report Soon, you may land in prison for offering a bribe (September 13), it is a preposterous idea to punish bribe-givers as they are often harassed and forced to pay money to get their work done.

This will also leave little room for them to file a complaint against corrupt public servants. As bribe-giver and bribe-taker will fall on the wrong side of the law, the acts of corruption will become more clandestine and consensual in nature, making it very difficult for the investigating agency to prove corruption charges against the two. The move will defeat the very purpose of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

TT Sakaria, via email