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Praise-worthy initiative

The Friends for Diabetes’ initiative to help needy children deserves praise (‘Sharjah’s Friends for Diabetes’ pact to help 50 children get free insulin injections,’ Jan. 19, The Gulf Today).

As your report pointed out Type2 Diabetes is on the increase among children not only in the UAE but the world over. We all know children love junk food, but this is one of main causes which lead to this debilitating illness, and that is why it is also important to educate the parents on the need to inculcate healthy eating habits in their children.
Rashmi Chandra — By email

Unacceptable

The track record on women’s safety in Haryana is deplorable to say the least, and the Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar  thinks he can steer clear by urging political parties not to policitise the recent incidents of rape and murders (‘Haryana CM says don’t politicise rape issue,’ Jan. 18, The Gulf Today).

Your report said that Khattar describing the incidents of violence against women as unfortunate, Khattar assured people that the government would take all measures to arrest the culprits and put them behind bars.

The state has witnessed five incidents of rape and gang rape in the past week. In three of these incidents, minor girls were not only raped but also brutalised by the accused. This takes me back to the gruesome infamous Nirbhaya episode which shook the nation in 2012 and the chief minister feels the incidents should not be politicised. It should not be politicised, of course, but should it be buried and the perpetrators spared?

The other shocking development is that one of the suspects in the rape and murder of a 15-year-old Dalit girl in Kurukshetra district, was found dead. The body of the 19-year-old body Gulshan, who was considered the prime suspect in the killing of the Class 10 student, was found in the Bhakra irrigation canal near Jyotisar in Kurukshetra district.

The way the heinous crimes are committed shows that laws which were tightened after the Nirbhaya case warranting death penalty for perpetrators seems to have little bearing. It is probably also because the culprits know that conviction rates in sexual cases are very poor in the country. Of the 39,000 rape cases reported in 2016, only a little over 4500 resulted in conviction. India needs to wake up if they care about women safety and put the administration under pressure to find the culprits and punish them.
Sandra Coelho — By email
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