Violence against women stems from India’s patriarchal set-up
With reference to Harsh Mander’s article Get the basics right (Democracy Wall, December 26), though the clamour to award the death penalty to the Delhi rape accused is growing every day, capital punishment is not the answer and it will not make our cities safe. The rise in violence against women must compel us to rethink the way we are raising our boys. Violence against women stems from our patriarchal set-up. The day our society starts seeing girls and women as equal citizens of this country, India will become a much safer place.
-Shreeprakash, via email
The fact that eve-teasing is behind the rising dropout rate for schoolgirls in rural areas speaks volumes about our failure to ensure safety for women. No doubt, women have made immense progress in various fields but they still face discrimination in some form whether at home or at work. What we need is a change in mindset.
-Bal Govind, Noida
Don’t cop out on police reforms
With reference to Pupul Dutta Prasad’s article Push through police reforms now (December 24), the author is correct in stating that successive governments at the Centre and in states have done precious little to introduce police reforms. The obsolete framework within which they work is evident when one considers that they continue to be governed by the archaic Police Act of 1861. But it is people like us who have to bear the brunt of the consequences of poor policing: brutality, torture, extra-judicial executions, a lack of due process, impunity, corruption, bias, discrimination, public fear, anger and resentment. Our government must realise that democratic nations need democratic policing.
-RJ Khurana, Bhopal
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