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This refers to the editorial It's really not helping anyone.

india Updated: Aug 28, 2012 22:13 IST

The BJP must not be obstructive, it must let Parliament function
This refers to the editorial It's really not helping anyone (Our Take, August 25.) It is appalling that the BJP, the main opposition party, has stalled all proceedings in both houses of Parliament over the last six days following its demand for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation on the coal block allocation irregularities. The BJP needs to realise that holding Parliament to ransom will not help its cause. Instead of being cynical, it must play a constructive role and let Parliament function. This deadlock will further delay pending bills like the Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials and Officials of Public International Organisations Bill, the Land Acquisition Bill, etc.
Murari Chaturvedi, via email

Tackle poverty to end child labour
This refers to the report Employing kids below 14 will earn 3 years in jail (August 28). If approved, the Child & Adoles-cent Labour (Prohibition) Act, 1986, will provide relief to millions of children who work in filthy and often hazardous conditions. To bring a child into the mainstream, it is also important to bring the family out of penury. This brings us back to better wages and social security for unorganised sector workers. We need to break the vicious circle of poverty to free child labourers. Also, a three-year jail term is too light a punishment for such a heinous crime.
Saurabh Chawla, via email

The right to catch 40 winks
This refers to the report CJI says judges should not rule nation, 'ridicules' right to sleep (August 26). The right to sleep may not be a fundamental right as it is difficult to enforce it through the courts of law, but obstructions in sleep can be curbed by the law. A neighbour's raucous rooftop parties and high-decibel noise from loudspeakers at unearthly hours are some of the reasons behind quarrels in neighbourhoods. The law cannot enforce the right to sleep but it can definitely protect it.
Kuldip Singh, Delhi