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A candlelight vigil to show solidarity with a rape victim outside a hospital in New Delhi, December 20. Thousands of protesters took to the streets in
various parts of the country to demand urgent action against the men who took turns to rape and grievously assault a 23-year-old woman on a moving
bus on December 16, local media reports said.
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The recent news of gang-rape of a 23-
year-old medical student in a New Delhi
bus December 16 made me ashamed of
my Indian heritage. Such incidents occur
every minute in some town and city in
India. Some happen openly, others in
someone’s office or home. Sadly, most of
them go unreported because of the fear of
reprisal or humiliation.
I have heard many horror stories of rich
people (and their teenage boys) raping
their female servants and then taking
them to some shoddy doctor for abortions, even letting them die to save face.
In the film industry if a new female
actor wants a part, she must do favors to
the director, assistant director or some
If a young woman goes for a job interview, she will get job not because of her
credentials, but because of her attitude
with the boss.
Women can’t get ahead in life without
doing favors. Put your sister or daughter
in some one’s place and then see how you
We may brag about our pious culture
and heritage, but we have double standards.
All rape and murder scenes should also
be banned from movies. As we all know,
gangsters, villains or heroes in every
movie initiate romance by teasing, chasing and harassing a girl.
If God has created us in His image, we
cannot live like animals. It is our moral
obligation to treat every woman as if she
is our mother, wife, sister or daughter and
instill these qualities in our children.
We need drastic changes in our think-
ing, behavior and outlook towards
women if we want to walk with our heads
The ‘rape’ of a student in Delhi has
shaken India. Even an otherwise non-
performing Parliament stood up, with the
women members demanding that the
accused be hanged.
Mukund B Kunte
When the prank call came, claiming to
be from the queen, Saldanha may have
felt so intimidated that she became
unquestioning while taking orders over
the phone from those claiming to be royalty.
Why else would one of her notes indicate some criticism of the hospital, which
now is disclaiming it had disciplined her
and asserting that it gave her and the
other nurse involved ‘full support’?
Look at the language here. ‘Support’
today is also when an employer supports
an employee’s performance by straightening them out. It happens all the time.
Blaming just the pranksters is a diversionary tactic by the hospital, the media
and the rest of England.
For them not to specifically acknowledge their part in Saldanha’s suicide, and
to not work to dismantle their obsolete
monarchy, only rubs salt into our colo-nial-era wounds.
A victim of
Arun Anand Ahuja
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Jacintha Saldanha’s apparent suicide
should make many of us immigrants from
India to America glad we do not live in a
place like the UK with their kings and
queens and dukes and duchesses and
other domineering royalty.
Saldanha worked as a nurse in a hospital with a nauseously regal name: King
Edwards VII Hospital. This is a private
hospital for the elite, including the British
royalty, with privacy from the paparazzi
In this context, is it likely that Saldanha
did not die from a shaming ‘royal dressing
down,’ as the Brits like to say, for having
The US is the
The letter by Sundip Mundkur
(December 21, 2012) about Indo-US
business ties is ill conceived.
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