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Only the certainty and severity of punishment can deter rapists.

india Updated: Apr 22, 2013 22:03 IST

Only the certainty and severity of punishment can deter rapists

The editorial Not with you or for you (Our Take, April 22) rightly states that “if the rapists are brutes then the police are showing that they are not much better”. It is appalling that even after witnessing the massive public anger and uproar over the December 16 gang rape, the police, which are the first port of call for a victim, continue to demonstrate a lack of sensitivity and thoroughness towards sexual assault cases — be it in Delhi, Aligarh or Bulandshahr. There’s a clamour for stricter punishment, including the death penalty, to curb crimes against women and children, especially rape. But it’s time we realised that laws alone are not effective in reducing crime. The effective enforcement of laws is what we need and for that the police need to get their act together.
SD Sahay, New Delhi

The five-year-old Delhi girl’s rape case clearly shows that the police failed to its duty. It is baffling that the police searched public parks in the neighbourhood, but not rooms in the building where her family lived. Strict action must be taken against erring police officers. Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar have failed to restore public confidence in the police and thus have no moral right to continue in office.
Sudhakar GS, Mumbai

Time to put the House in order
It is sad that Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari’s proposal to automatically suspend MPs creating a ruckus in Parliament and to defer the live telecast of unruly scenes did not find favour with leaders of various political parties (MPs reject Ansari’s RS proposal, April 22). Disrupting the proceedings of Parliament is sheer dereliction of duty and this sort of cavalier behaviour should invite a pay-cut and suspension from the legislature.
Tejindar Singh, via email

First Published: Apr 22, 2013 22:02 IST