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TSI | Issue Dated: July 20, 2012, New Delhi
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This (not) mad cops
In the cover story "The maverick cops" (TSI, July 22), Vasanth Dhoble has been in the news over the past few weeks, having sparked outrage among netizens, eminent personalities and the youth with his raids on Mumbai's popular nightspots. He has been accused by his severest critics of trying to Talibanise Mumbai. While a Facebook page called 'Dhoble - Oppressor of the Innocent Public' has 20,000 members, writer and commentator Pritish Nandy has described him as 'Public Enemy' on Twitter. The actions of Vasant Dhoble are just. It would be unfair to term his acts as moral policing. People in the entertainment business, both in India and abroad, believe that they can get away with anything by greasing some palms. When an honest cop like Dhoble comes along and tries to uphold the rule of law, a huge hue and cry is raised and his actions are touted as unjust. Regardless of whether India’s laws are archaic, it is the police’s job to enforce them. If laws governing people are considered outdated, then they need to be amended. This is the responsibility of the legislature. The police ought to be allowed to do their job.

The third gender
Apropos “Queen’s destiny of dance” (TSI, July 15), I would like to first convey ‘Kudos’ to TSI for bringing out a very relevant negative side of our so-called modern society towards the Transgender. Unfortunately the Indian society is still carrying on with the primitive outlook towards these people though, their deeds have been amply acknowledged in Indian epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana. In western countries, the Transgender people are being treated as part of the society there are examples of they excel in various fields like sports and even beauty pageants as well. But unfortunately, in India these people still being dumped in one corner of the city and allowed to perform only during marriage or child birth and that too for their obscene postures as cheap entertainment. However, it is good to note that recently, there is some awakening when the eunuchs are being elected for public life (Panchyat) and film direction also. That way it is hoped that Seema’s venture will be well taken by the society and the government will also look into this aspect concerning the Indian society.
Lt Col Ranjit Sinha (Retd)

Defamaing the athlete
Sadism? Yes, sadism. What other word can be used for the complacency at the infliction of pain and humiliation on Pinki Pramanik? The shoddy treatment meted out to the athlete exposes the carelessness of the media and society in dealing with a sensitive issue for which Arindam Chaudhuri showing his utter resentment in the editorial "Courts for the rich Amar Singh and Abhishek Manu Singhvi. Who for poor Pinki? "(TSI, July 22) has rightly commented that it is inhuman! It is outrageous! And it is disgusting! the manner in which a national athlete who brought laurels for the nation at various international sporting events, is being sullied by all and sundry. The Pinki Pramanik controversy is not about her sporting credentials, but about whether she is guilty of rape. That question has, however, been played out in highly humiliating public circumstances, her privacy has been shredded. Whether or not she is culpable, those who have created this scandal around her deserve full blame for which Arindam while concluding is right to blast his anger that this is not just a clear case of defamation of Pinki, but also shows how courts come to the rescue of only those who wield power and money to influence the system. At this juncture the only hope from the country's Apex Court is to immediately order all media houses to remove not only Pinki’s but all other similarly objectionable content from the net and even from their archives. This is the least we can do as a nation, to reverse the social stigma individuals like Pinki have gone through.
Dilbag Rai

Loss of dignity
It refers to Arindam Chaudhuri's " Courts for rich Amar Singh and Abhishek Manu Singhvi. Who for poor Pinki?" (TSI, July 22). He is bang on when he says that why Amar Singh and Abhishek Manu Singhvi's tapes are not in public domain while Pinki's MMS is viral on the net. There is something seriously wrong with our system. Now when Pinki is out of police custody, will our media show some courage and apologise to her for the way they have treated her and tarnished her character and it is all the more unfortunate that an ex-international athelete is subjected to all this humiliation. Medical tests have confirmed that she is not capable of rape, then should we assume that it is a closed case and the women athlete who has accused Pinki for rape, will compensate her for the agony Pinki had to go through in past few weeks. I am sure nothing of this will happen and what a shame that this will be a forgotten story in just a fortnight. And why West Bengal police was in a hurry to arrest her and why Mamata Banerjee despite being a women herself and the chief minister of the state chose to remain silent, is only a mystery. Isn't it a matter of introspection that we have become so insensitive towards the dignity of a female.
Bal Govind

Dignity in vain
This refers to the editorial "Courts for the rich....poor Pinky" (TSI, July 22). The manner in which Pinki Pramanik, an athlete of international repute was treated so far is outrageous and condemnable in strongest terms. Despite the sensitivity involved in the issue, harassment and ill-treatment meted to her so far by repeatedly focusing on her gender determination issue and indiscriminately telecasting obscene clippings showing her in nude and semi-nude poses without giving an opportunity to hear her version is not only disturbing but made her an object of mockery. By charging with rape when she is a woman and the tests are underway to determine her gender is unfortunate. Besides the action of the police in lodging Pinki in the male ward in the midst of criminals at a Kolkata jail without finding out the genuineness of the complaint given by her maid is the biggest blunder because it infringed the basic rights of an individual. One wonders if this is the way a sportsperson is to be treated, who won international laurels in sporting events and an asiad gold medalist? Though Pinki got bail, the law-enforcing  agencies should come out with an explanation as to what made them take drastic action against Pinki even when the investigations are not complete. It is heartening that West Bengal Human Rights Commission demanded justice for the accomplished athlete. Also, it is time, government ensures that police excesses on innocents in the name of investigation is stopped forthwith to safeguard the dignity of an individual who is innocent till the person is proven guilty.

Insane democracy
This is in reference to the editorial "Courts for the rich Amar Singh and Abhishek Manu Singhvi. Who for poor Pinki?" (TSI, July 22). An international athlete Pinki is being harassed, tortured, defamed and treated as ordinary criminal though judicial procedure is in primary level, intellectual community became silent. In a democratic country we expect to live with freedom, choices protecting sexual secret and dignity as man. But in reality law, order and administration can be operated with own favor by the rich powerful people, and poor are left helpless because they have no political association and money power. This is vain to establish him/her as male or female and instead should give preference firstly to his/her quality and achievement as athlete who brightens our faces in world. He/she is the inspiration of youngest people. A woman who spends with him/her for three years now complained against the athlete calling her as rapist, is it not a blackmailing and treachery? Judicial system will inform us their decision lastly, but we can not treat him/her as a criminal.
Uttam K Bhowmik,
Chandramerh, Tamluk

Sullying National Pride
I fully endorse Arindam Chaudhuri’s write-up “Courts for the rich….who for poor Pinky?” (TSI, July 22) where he treats Pinky case from a humanistic view point while our administrative leaders are totally indifferent in protecting the honour of a national athlete from being disgraced. Undoubtedly, Pinky's case is a blemishing chapter of Indian administrative history and the way she had to undergo a series of medical tests animalishtically before being proved to be guilty as per allegation against her. Isn’t it a violation of human rights? Isn’t it also an unnecessary attempt to sully the private as well as the national image of a person who has glorified her country by her own individual talent. It’s also pathetic to see the role of media. They were just reporting this issue in a spicy manner forgetting the duty of a journal. It seems ridiculous to think that we live in a free country what’s called democratic!
Animesh Paul

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