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Torture cannot be an option to extract confessions from people

Namita Bhandare's article The things we do for a confession (Another Day, September 4) was a frank and balanced analysis with regard to the Anti-Torture Bill.

india Updated: Sep 10, 2010 23:49 IST
Hindustan Times

Namita Bhandare's article The things we do for a confession (Another Day, September 4) was a frank and balanced analysis with regard to the Anti-Torture Bill. The real tragedy is that our police force continues to be governed by the antiquated laws and procedures that were devised by the British to keep their Indian subjects under control, with the result that it ends up serving corrupt masters while harassing ordinary citizens. Whatever may be the crime, there is no room for torture committed by those meant to protect us.

Shivkumar Israni, Mumbai


Namita Bhandare's analysis was very interesting indeed. An anti-torture law is necessary to preserve order in our society. There are various ways in which information can be gleaned from suspects, yet it is shocking to note that people continue to support the violent means being employed towards achieving this end. Torture in the name of gaining information is merely a euphemism for venting our frustrations on those presumed guilty. The real tragedy is that people often confuse revenge with justice.

Mehul Kumar, via email

Fishing in troubled waters

In her article Stop the squabbling (Third Eye, September 4), Barkha Dutt has analysed the Maoist problem in the country well, while rightly noting that there can be no justification for extra-constitutional violence in a democracy. Politicians and ideologues should stop fishing in troubled waters for scoring brownie points with the Maoists. Naxalism is not only a manifestation of the exploitation of the tribal population, but is also rooted in years of poor governance and faulty delivery systems as far as development schemes are concerned. This needs to be addressed, in conjunction with sustained dialogue and reconciliatory measures, to restore the credibility of the State.

Piyush Sharma, Bhopal

Don't be a party to this

Shreyas Navare's cartoon Big Deal (September 4) was a brilliant depiction of the state of affairs within the Congress and the culture of sycophancy that prevails within the party. The downslide of the Congress continues, made worse by the bankruptcy of leadership. The party has pegged its victory in the next general elections on the successful projection of Rahul Gandhi as its leader. This should be a matter of introspection for the party and not an occasion for celebration. Sonia Gandhi would do well to focus on internal reforms before offering quick-fix solutions to the problems plaguing the nation.

Krishna Sahay, via email

Wolves to guard the henhouse?

Sagarika Ghose in No honest brokers (Bloody Mary, September 8) makes an impractical suggestion that the prime minister should spearhead the anti-corruption drive by shaming corrupt ministers and officials in public by getting them arrested. I wonder why she thinks this might work in a country where horse-trading is often used as a tool by the ruling party for tiding over troubled times in Parliament.

H.L. Dhawan, via email

A mockery of secularism

This refers to the editorial The shame and the pity (Our Take, September 8). It is unfortunate that the LDF government in Kerala has not initiated any action against the Popular Front of India and its activists, despite overwhelming evidence against them. However, the silence of the LDF over the issue is not going to help it politically. The issue has already tarnished the secular image of the CPI(M) government, and is eating into its base even in traditional strongholds. Termination of the services of T.J. Joseph by Newman College authorities deserves condemnation.

S.N. Verma, Lucknow

First Published: Sep 10, 2010 23:46 IST