With regard to Kusum Lata Sawhney's “Don't take the abuse” (February 27), India is a country where we can boast of developments in many areas but women's welfare is still languishing far behind on the public agenda. It is a well known fact that domestic violence is rampant in the rural areas and we have a slightly modified form of this horrifying violation of basic human rights in the urban areas! knowing that , why are the legislators and the powerful people in this country so averse to “implementing” strict laws against the crime? It's a shame that this is the land of Swami Vivekananda who had said , “The uplift of the women , the awakening of the masses must come first, and then only can any real good come about for the country, for India.” Today, we need people who can understand that, and there is a real dearth of such thoughtful people !
The law against domestic violence is coming a little too late. Had it come into force two or three decades ago, there would not have been incidents of dowry deaths, sexual abuse of women, rape by fathers-in-law, etc., and the guilty husbands and fathers-in-law would not have gone scot free. By and large, the all women's police stations, mahila courts, etc., have been functioning thus far for the sake of functioning. The Domestic Violence Act should not go the same way the other so-called women-friendly legislations have gone. The letter of the Act should go beyond its spirit and bring relief to harassed women by taking punitive action against the perpetrators of crime against women.
When the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act was introduced in 2005 in the country, it was hailed as a significant piece of legislation to protect women from violence of all hues, but like all other legislations, it too suffers from poor implementation on the ground. The fact that the Protection Officers mandated by Act has not been appointed in many states shows the scant regard with which the issue of violence against women is being dealt with in the country. No doubt, the recent instance of abuse by a high-ranking diplomat based in London against his wife has made it very clear that violence against women is an all-pervading phenomenon afflicting every section of society irrespective of their educational and economic status. It is very much true that fear of reprisal and ostracisation deters many women from reporting the violence they face at home and in their workplaces. Unless the attitude of society changes towards women, no legislation meant for their empowerment and welfare will make a difference to their lives.
The article was thought provoking. There are millions of housewives in India and abroad who are victims of domestic abuse. Apart from physical assault, male members batter them intellectually too. These misdemeanours are difficult to prove before the court of law. It is disquieting to observe, despite the assurance given by India's Foreign Secretary Ms. Nirupama Rao, our London diplomat still enjoying the benefit of “diplomatic immunity”.
Organic is good. But...
This is not to counter the arguments of Geeta Padmanabhan expressed in her article (All for a green life, February 27). I have been practising organic farming for the last 35 years. During the last decade of my service in an Agricultural University I have conducted farm experiments on the consequences of system change in favour of organic practices.
I wish to share my experiences with the readers. Since the petroleum resources are non-renewable, the chemical farming system we now follow has to come to an end within another two or three decades. For plant growth, the three major elements required are Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potash. We can substitute nitrogenous fertilizer with legumes which will harvest Nitrogen from the atmosphere. But what about Phosphorous and Potash? All the major crops except vegetables and ornamental plants require them in large proportions for getting optimum production. Fortunately the Phosphate and potassic mines in the world will last for another four or five centuries.
So judicious use is essential for our food production till our population comes to a stand still within another two or three decades. Otherwise we will be inviting famines of 1942-43 magnitude!
With regard to Sevanti Ninan's “Say it in plain English please?” (February 27), our economy is all about fictitious, concealed and rarely revealed money and economic theories are full of mumbo jumbo jargon, which elude the comprehension of even the proponents of such theories! The aam aadmi is worried only about roti, kapda aur makan and he refuses to get bamboozled by jingoistic terminologies defying his understanding of income and expenditure.
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