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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Letters to the Editor: Race in America

Freddie Gray’s death in police custody and Eric Garner’s death caused by New York cops exhibit the racial biases and institutionalised prejudices prevailing in the US.

Updated: May 9, 2015 12:00:45 am

Letter of the Week:

Freddie Gray’s death in police custody and Eric Garner’s death caused by New York cops exhibit the racial biases and institutionalised prejudices prevailing in the US. Blacks are frequently discriminated against. This affects economic prosperity, social health and the achievements of minorities. Sadly, racial discrimination couldn’t be eradicated even after Barack Obama’s two terms as president.

— S.C. Vaid, Greater Noida

Don’t Punish kids

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This refers to the article ‘Juvenile injustice’ (IE, May 8, 2015). What if teenagers, aged 14-16, were found guilty of heinous crime in a number of cases? Would our lawmakers like to see them tried as adults? The juvenile justice bill is a knee-jerk reaction and an appeasement of the current public sentiment. The system is just seeing the tip of the iceberg and not striking at the root of the problem. This way, we will keep addressing issues at a superficial level. What we need a society where such crimes don’t happen in the first place. Also, the justice system ought not to be retributive but reformative, whereby rehabilitation and resetting of juvenile delinquents take place.

— Mohit Kumar, New Delhi


Road Safety

Irrespective of the Salman Khan case, it is a matter of grave concern that there is no let-up in road fatalities owing to drunken and rash driving. The laxity shown by state authorities in implementing laws is perhaps the biggest reason behind the rising number of road accidents. While we have the provision to compensate road accident victims, in practice, a lot is left to be desired. Compensating victims adequately, while awarding stringent penalties to the guilty without delay, will go a long way in making Indian roads safer.

— M. Jeyaram, Sholavandan

AAP’s Ignorance

This refers to ‘LG vs CM in Delhi: A battle of perceptions, a war of attrition’ (IE, May 8). It is not at all surprising that there is a war of attrition between Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Kejriwal, a self-confessed “anarchist”, has shown that he is a megalomaniac as well. He and his Aam Aadmi Party colleagues seem to be completely ignorant of the fact that, constitutionally, the NCT of Delhi enjoys only “partial statehood”. Reserved subjects of public order, land and police are not state subjects, and are dealt with by the lieutenant governor and the Union government. But this simple provision in the statute cannot be digested by Kejriwal and his ministers. That is precisely why one of his ministers earlier had made a fool of himself by “ordering” Delhi Police to raid a residential building, which the officer-in-charge had refused to “obey”. The fact that Kejriwal, despite taking an oath under the Constitution, threatened to disrupt the Republic Day parade is still fresh in everyone’s mind. His latest gimmick is a threat to set up “kangaroo courts” to try mediapersons. Therefore, it is futile to expect that Delhi’s chief minister will change for the better.

— V. Chandramohan, Mumbai


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