I disagree with the views expressed in the article “For a more inclusive ballot” (Aug. 8). Not all people charged with crimes are “framed” and “innocent.” They do not deserve our sympathy. They ought to pay a price for the wrong they committed — it is as simple as that.

Gangotri Kaushik,

New Delhi

The article is progressive and timely. The voting right of an individual has a social aspect too. Imprisonment should not curtail a person’s social commitment. While a bar on persons with criminal background and those convicted for moral turpitude is necessary because they aim at decriminalisation of politics, denial of voting rights aims at nothing.

C.R. Ananthanarayanan,

Bangalore

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