We can’t expect our jawans to soldier on in such dire conditions
Barkha Dutt rightly says that our jawans will continue to be cannon fodder for political failures (We don’t care enough, Third Eye, March 16). Every time an attack occurs they are made to feel more alienated than ever as the political class fails to go beyond obligatory platitudes.
Unfortunately, this neglect doesn’t end with the death of jawans. The fact that their kith and kin are forced to run from pillar to post for their rightful dues and compensation is quite well known.
It’s high time the government ensured that our jawans are provided with adequate amenities especially in inhospitable terrains to restore their operational efficiency and cut bureaucratic red tape to boost their diminishing morale.
Gautam Kumar, via email
First the law, then mindsets
With reference to the editorial The glass is at least half full (Our Take, March 21), it is very progressive of both houses of Parliament to pass the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013 which provides for the death penalty in heinous cases of rape and 20 years in prison for other rape cases.
Acid attacks, voyeurism and the trafficking of women becoming punishable under the law will go a long way in curtailing crimes against women.
Besides, making perennial problems like eve-teasing and stalking punishable offences is a move in the right direction because these are the misdemeanours with which an offender starts.
However, this battle against gender violence cannot be won until we change our mindset and uphold the equality and dignity of our womenfolk in our homes.
Kiran Sabharwal, via email
It is appalling that the anti-rape Bill doesn’t include some suggestions of the Verma Committee Report on marital rape and the amendment of the AFSPA. It seems the Bill was hurriedly passed to satisfy the collective conscience of the angry nation. Now that its done, the UPA must again debate these unaddressed issues.
Kamala Kumari, via email
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