March 21, 2015 12:13:49 am
This refers to the article, ‘I feel I am on a hit list’ by Julio Ribeiro (IE, March 16). It is a shame for Indian democracy that an upright police officer like Ribeiro feels threatened by recent events in various parts of the country. I agree with the views expressed by him. Hinduism is a way of life and no one organisation can claim ownership over it. Ancient Vedic shlokas invoke harmony and a universal spirit. Christians have made significant contributions to the development of modern India. The role played by them in education, health and community development is laudable. Therefore, I request Ribeiro not to attach undue importance to the utterings of some people. The secret to India’s success is unity in diversity.
— Kannan Raju, Bangalore
Apropos the article, ‘#Indiasdaughter’ by Ravinder Kaur (IE, March 20), the author has rightly pointed to the mindset that has been revealed with the banning of Leslee Udwin’s documentary. It is true that Indians don’t want to see the truth about their patriarchal society. They only want to see the rosy side of everything. The film can still be viewed online and may prove to be instrumental in understanding the psychology of rapists. The film only depicts the patriarchal mindset of the brutal criminals and was not intended to offend anyone. We need to change this habit of hiding our face so that no one accuses us of cruel deeds.
— Prithvi Joshi, Jodhpur
Why are convicted rapists like those involved in the December 16 case, who have been found guilty of heinous crimes on the basis of substantial evidence, being given a chance to defend themselves? A rape convict who hasn’t yet been proved guilty should have a right to defend himself but not those who have already been convicted. These cases go on for a long time, without no final judgment being passed, giving the impression of a weak judicial system. They are also traumatic for the victim and her family.
— Harleen Kaur, Patiala
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The IT factor
This refers to the editorial, ‘Or else, jail’ (IE, March 20). While the internet has become a potent and quick mode of communication, it is also exploited by fundamentalists from various religions, supporters of terrorism and self-serving politicians. Unlike the traditional media, information on the internet is usually not subjected to prior editing and vicious posts can go viral in a short time. Section 66A of the IT Act is aimed at addressing these perils. However, we are becoming a more intolerant nation, too — intolerant of criticism and even cartoons. Section 66A becomes an instrument in the hands of the powerful and offended to silence dissenting voices. This affects the constitutional right to freedom of expression. One way out could be to amend the misuse-prone provisions of the IT Act and define its terms more precisely.
— Y.G. Chouksey, Pune
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