We need a multipronged approach to tackle crime against women
With reference to the editorial The writing is on the wall (Our Take, August 24), there was a time when Mumbai was safe for women and as a Mumbaikar I always took pride in that fact. But the horrific gang rape of a 22-year-old photojournalist in particular and a sharp rise in crime against women in general have dented Mumbai’s image. However, it is still safer than many other cities, including Delhi, but that is just cold comfort. Besides ensuring that the culprits are given the strictest punishment, the authorities concerned should also look at long-term solutions like patrolling of secluded areas and reining in unemployment as several studies have suggested a link between unemployment and crime. We must realise that crime against women is a problem that requires a multipronged approach including tough laws, gender sensitisation, destigmatisation of rape survivors and zero tolerance towards domestic violence.
Bhagwan Thadani, Mumbai
A strong anti-rape law is not enough to act as a deterrent for rapists until and unless it is implemented meticulously. The fact that criminals are acting with impunity and have no fear of being caught and punished reflects poorly on our police force and judicial system. The certainty of getting caught is the best deterrent to crime.
SD Sahay, New Delhi
First get the basics right
With reference to the editorial The freebie nation (August 20), it is imprudent of the government to distribute tablet computers worth crores of rupees among students when many schools across the country lack basic minimum facilities like blackboards, drinking water and toilets. It has been over 20 years since the central government launched Operation Black Board but many government schools are still devoid of this basic but important teaching aid.
Reshu Mohindra, Faridabad