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Cuss and effect

Next time you utter an expletive, don’t apologise. Abuses come naturally to us, says the law.

india Updated: Mar 14, 2011 23:30 IST

We swear this is true: it's absolutely fine to use cuss words. Before you blame us for devaluing this 'sacred space', let's make it clear that it's not we but the mighty judges of the Delhi high court who have passed this order. While ruling on a case involving two Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel, the court said that using expletives during a conversation is common among jawans and is, therefore, not a valid ground for dismissal from service. Krishna Pal Singh, a constable, was dismissed from the CISF unit of the Indian Oil Corporation, Panipat, in 2002, after he abused his superior over administrative problems. Mr Singh was found guilty after an inquiry and was retired with full pension benefits. Now the high court wants him to be reinstated in service and given full wages.

The order is a vindication of what we always knew: cussing is not bad. For many, it's a stress reliever. So in the morning, fresh after a round of bhajans, you board a public bus, be ready to hear the conductor discussing the day's weather with his colleague, but his thoughts peppered with some loving words involving mothers and sisters. The listener won't mind one bit and reply in the same brotherly fashion. Only dainty dollies will complain.

The judges rightly said "the experience of life resolves more than the logic of the law." And they did not shy away for uttering the unspeakable: "Queries with abuses are in the form of words 'madarc**d', 'behanc**d'," the judges said while referring to the life of a jawan. We get the message: stop being a prude and get on with @#!^ing life.