Rape and Death Penalty
ONE thing can be asserted conclusively that in the aftermath of the gang-rape of a medical student in Delhi there has been a wave of protests against the system demanding sweeping reforms in the police and judiciary.
THE dastardly gang-rape of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in a moving bus in Delhi has aroused the collective consciousness and shame of the nation. Our netas have mouthed the usual clichés expressing anguish and even a sense of ‘helplessness’. (One wonders why lawmakers who are elected to make or change laws should express helplessness).
I WONDER whether the Lok Sabha, the lower house, can last its full tenure till May 2014. The government has been in a minority since the Trinamool Congress of West Bengal withdrew its support a few months ago.
The proposal by the transport department to introduce a PPP model for bus transport is likely to raise more questions than hope. What it envisages is a takeover of all 1,500 bus permits (call it semi-nationalisation,