Vulnerable in Haryana
There has been a rise in reported crimes against women during the past seven years in Haryana. What could be worse than the fact that teenage girls were subjected to sexual exploitation at the Apna Ghar shelter in Chief Minister Hoodas home town of Rohtak?The growing incidence of violence on Dalit women and girls proves the colossal failure of the state. With inadequate avenues of redress,the situation of women is truly abject in Haryana.
The recent remarks made by Jairam Ramesh,the rural development minister,have irked many (Jairam says toilets more important in India than temples IE,October 6). His concern about the adequate supply of toilets in rural areas deserves consideration and praise,but it makes little sense to compare temples and toilets. It is certain to hurt the feelings of those who visit temples.
Vijay D. Patil
APROPOS Reigniting an old flame (IE,October 9),any true cricket fan would have truly appreciated and enjoyed the West Indies winning game in the World T20 title. In the 1970s,the West Indies were a terror in the world of cricket. But the last three decades saw their form and fortune dipping so much that they were compared with the minnows of the time. This win has not only brought back old memories but raised a hope for the revival of West Indies cricket. It is hoped this win is not just a flash in the pan,and is extended to a good run in Tests and ODIs as well.
Health of a nation
n THIS refers to Campaign against cancer from Oct 2 (IE,October 1). Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has okayed a project to spread cancer awareness at the cost of Rs 1.25 crore,involving 50,000 personnel who will conduct a door-to-door exercise. Badal doesnt appear to read The Indian Express,which published Now,a simple blood test to detect lung and breast cancer (IE,September 28). Indias problems are compounded by the fact that such advanced tests are not readily available here,neither are the latest measures to fight cancer accessible to the ordinary citizen via public health agencies. Cervical cancer is on the rise globally. A simple pap smear and some pelvic examinations at regular intervals are all we need to contain the spread of this form of cancer. When will India be relieved of old politicians and state health directors who did their MBBS 35 years ago and have no time or interest in staying abreast of the latest advances in healthcare? I served as a doctor in the government sector and I have seen this up close.
Avtar Narain Chopra,Kurukshetra