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We need more than just the passage of the harassment bill

I agree with Namita Bhandare’s views as expressed in her article Make it work for working women (Another Day, November 13).

india Updated: Nov 19, 2010 23:14 IST
Hindustan Times

We need more than just the passage of the harassment bill

I agree with Namita Bhandare’s views as expressed in her article Make it work for working women (Another Day, November 13). The passage of a bill in Parliament alone won’t put an end to the problem of sexual harassment at workplaces. There is also an urgent need to create awareness among women about the benefits of the bill and make male professionals realise that they can no longer take their female colleagues for granted.

Shivraj, Delhi


Bhandare, like other feminists, doesn’t seem interested to learn exactly how the Bill will benefit women. She seems more concerned about ensuring that men don’t get a similar provision. Also, the writer is not clear about the provisions of the bill. She cites incidents of eve-teasing and honour killings in the article to strengthen her arguments but forgets that neither of the two falls within the ambit of the proposed bill.

Arnab Ganguly, via email


I’m from Sweden and studying journalism in India. I am working on a thesis on how keenly the Indian media follows social issues like gender inequality and women’s empowerment. I think Bhandare has hit the bull’s eye with her well-argued article, which is the one of the best articles I have read on the issue so far. Truly, gender inequality has no place in any society.

Katrin, via email

The media are missing the point

This refers to the editorial No southern comfort here (Our Take, November 18). It’s unfortunate that corruption has become a way of life in India. The entire country is in the grip of corruption. Instead of focussing on the geography of scams, the media should urge the government to take appropriate action against the corrupt.

Ved Guliani, Hissar

Screen out this reality

The government’s decision to push reality TV shows Bigg Boss and Rakhi Ka Insaaf to the 11 pm-5 am slot is welcome (Govt banishes ‘vulgar’ shows to after-11 slot, November 18). These shows are making a mockery of India’s culture and value system. Fistfights, abusive language and vulgarity are common features of these shows. Issuing warnings to private TV channels and changing the shows’ time slots won’t solve the problem. The I&B ministry should ban all reality shows and revoke the licence of the private channels which fail to comply.

Shalini Kaushik, via email

The realty behind the mishap

With reference to the editorial And they all fall down (Our Take, November 17), it is unfortunate that almost 70 people were killed and about 80 other injured when a building collapsed in a residential colony in east Delhi. Both the officials of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the capital’s politicians are responsible for the mishap. It’s not the first time that such an accident has happened in Delhi. Unfortunately, if those guilty in the Lalita Park incident are allowed to go scot-free, it won’t be the last one either.

Manoj Job, via email

The acid test for our athletes

By the end of the seventh day of the ongoing Asiad Games in Guangzouh, China, India had won only two gold medals and stood at the 11th spot in the overall medals tally. We are way behind countries like China, Japan and South Korea. It was easy to win medals by the dozen in the Commonwealth Games, as many big sporting nations like China and Japan did not participate in the event. But the Asiad is a whole new ball game and will be an acid test for our athletes.

Tushar Kumar, Delhi

First Published: Nov 19, 2010 23:11 IST