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Custodial rape

This refers to the article "Moral police not moral policing" (April 25). In the recruitment stage itself, policemen should be subjected to psychological tests for signs of perversion and disrespect for women. What happened in Mumbai's Marine Drive police chowki is not an isolated incident. Such things happen frequently but are hushed up. The media should be very critical of such incidents and force law-makers and the judiciary to act.

The rape of the minor girl should also be viewed in a wider perspective. Disrespect for women begins at home where girls are made to feel inferior and helpless. I hope equality for women at home and in society does not remain a dream.

Kanak R. Nambiar,
Karaikal, Pondicherry

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It is indeed shameful that in most cases of custodial rape, the verdict has gone in favour of policemen. An example should be set in a custodial rape case by awarding the maximum punishment so that such sordid incidents do not recur.

G. Hari Krishnan,
Thiruvananthapuram

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Most of such incidents hardly come to light. I congratulate the local residents of Mumbai, who forced the police to give an assurance that the constable would be dealt with. They have done a great job because people are generally afraid of the police.

S. Mahaboob Basha,
Adoni, A.P.

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It is unbelievable that someone who is expected to protect the citizens did exactly the opposite and that too in broad daylight. The police as a whole are responsible for what happened and they cannot downplay the enormity of the incident.

Anand C. Peter,
Kollam, Kerala

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Unstable governments founded by many parties are ever worried about their day-to-day existence and spend all their energy on balancing their different allies. The police come in handy for them to terrorise opponents. Our electoral system is squarely responsible for the moral bankruptcy among leaders and the different agencies of state.

R.K. Divakara,
Bangalore

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