Union Minister Renuka Chowdhury’s suggestion that parents of under-aged youngsters who cause accidents by reckless driving should be punished is unacceptable. She probably means well but if implemented, the proposal will prove counter productive. Can parents be punished for the murder committed by their offspring?

It is common knowledge that many adventurous juveniles drive vehicles without the knowledge of their parents. Yes, they cause serious accidents by driving recklessly. But the Minister’s suggestion is not the solution to the problem. She can, instead, initiate a healthy debate and arrive at a solution with the help of experts. Efforts should be made to put in place measures that will reduce the number of minors taking to driving.

H.P. Murali,

Bangalore