Thursday, March 7, 2013
What are News Today? (07-Mar-2013) - SUPREME COURT TAKES UP CANING CASES IN PUNJAB & BIHAR SUO MOTO - GOVT STAFF TO PAY FOR DELAYS - ORGAN DONATION DRIVE BY CATHOLIC CHURCH IN TN - REDUCING AGE FOR CONSENSUAL SEX TO 16
1. SUPREME COURT CASTIGATES PUNJAB, BIHAR COPS FOR VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS :
It was very clear to every viewer of any TV Channel that the caning of the woman who went to complain about the misbehavior of a Lorry driver was the MOST ATROCIOUS crime that the Police could commit. And, they did commit such atrocious crime. They are absolutely and totally unfit to be called POLICEMEN. Now, the Punjab Government was prevaricating in a manner as if the RIGHTS of the Policemen are at stake and not that of the woman who was abused by the lorry driver and assaulted by the Policemen. It is difficult to believe all this. But, these are clear, incontrovertible facts.
In olden days, if king doesn’t uphold dharma, people prayed to God. But now, we have a SUPREME COURT. However much the media may criticize the court for JUDICIAL ACTIVISM, the common man welcomes such ACTIVISM. It has always resulted in common good. As the court has said several times, it is a DUTY cast upon the court by the constitution and it is determined to discharge that duty.
At least now, the Punjab Government must act fast. It should put the Criminal Policemen behind bars and prosecute them. This case is as bad as the DELHI RAPE CASE, especially because Police brutalized a woman, who went to complain against sexual harassment by a Lorry driver. The Lorry driver and his accomplices must also be apprehended and Jailed immediately. The media (specially TV channels) is , as always, wrong, in indicating her, as DALIT WOMAN. If that be so, what about the castes of Policemen, the lorry driver and his accomplice? What of the (obviously Forward) caste of the victims in Gopal Kanda case? Media must avoid caste-slant in such news. A suffering woman is just that. Treat her as such.
Ditto – in respect of the caning of the TEACHERS in Bihar.
We must wholeheartedly thank the SUPREME COURT for its prompt action and condemn the two state governments for their INACTION and callousness. I wish the News papers put such items on Page.1 and not on Page.14.
2. SOON, GOVT STAFF WHO DELAY SERVICES MAY FACE FINES
The Union cabinet reportedly is considering a Bill to impose fines on Government servants who delay delivery of services – like Pensions, Pass Ports, caste certificates, Ration cards, and tax refunds. Penalty is Rs.250 per day of delay subject to a maximum of Rs.50000 per default. Such Positive steps need Page.1.coverage. Yes. TOI has put it at Front page as first news. Congrats to the Union Cabinet for a good Law. Congrats to TOI for putting it deservedly as Front page, first news.
3. CATHOLICS PLEDGE ORGANS THIS LENT : JOY OF GIVING
This Lent, the CATHOLICS CHURCH in Tamilnadu is on a mass organ donation drive. Up to Easter on March,31st, Parishes across Tamilnadu state have been and will be urging members to donate Blood and register themselves as ORGAN DONORS. It is a commendable move by the Catholic Church.
I know, many other organizations of other religions (like Hindu, sikh etc) are also conducting such drives. But, this one is organized directly by the Church and on a mass scale. Kudos to the Catholic Church of Tamilnadu. I urge all other religious organizations to follow suit and do better in this drive to save suffering humanity.
The Tamilnadu Government can take the cue and send volunteers from its Health services department for House to House Organ donation campaign. Then, it will cover all people of Tamilnadu. May be, Tamilnadu can become the first state anywhere on earth, to organize this organ donation drive especially.
4. NIRBHAYA TO BE HONOURED WITH US AWARD (DT.6TH)
US STATE DEPARTMENT has decided to honour NIRBHAYA with a posthumous Bravery Award. Her family will receive the award in Delhi. She was the unfortunate victim of a mass rape and murder and deserves all sympathies. Her family deserves all support, financial and otherwise. Also, the true honor for her is Justice Verma’s report and action thereon.
Readers may differ here with me – but, I feel, if an award for BRAVERY is to be given, it should be for the Boy who stood by her till the end, without giving up and without running away.
5. GOVT PLANS TO REDUCE AGE OF CONSENT TO 16 (DT:6TH)
Government has now proposed to lower the age for consensual sex to 16 from 18. In my view, this is a meaningless, risky measure. I have already covered its implications in another Blog Post. What is meant by consensual sex?
How many times in a day or month, can a girl of 16 have consensual sex? Where are our ethics, morals etc going when girls of 16 indulge in such free sex? I am against this measure.
If sex is a major factor at age 16, permit marriage also at age 16. That too, with the person with whom the girl wants to have sex. Otherwise, it is a bad measure. I do not support a measure which permits sex with many, love with a few and marriage with someone not in either group.
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