Mar 14, 2015-
- The fact that the government is providing Rs 30,000 to the family of the 6-year-old victim from Bara is in itself an atrocious act (‘Hundreds rally in Kathmandu against brutal rape, acid attack,’ March 12, Page 4). The amount will neither bring the little girl back to life nor will it discourage these kinds of heinous acts from taking place in the future.
My heart bled with after reading about yet another innocent victim succumbing to the heinous crime. It kept haunting me throughout the day. I could not stop myself from picturing the plight of the minor and the chain of events that might have taken place: the trust that she bestowed upon the pedophile who perhaps lured her by some sweet. She must have happily indulged in it. After 17 long days of lying unconscious, battling for her life amid a tangle of wires and tubes inserted into her frail body she passed away.
Being a daughter, sister, wife, mother and above all a woman, I find it unbearable to even imagine how vulnerable our girl children are even among their their relatives and acquaintances. How I wish for stricter and harsher punishment for the perpetrators after all these rallies and candle-lit vigil; which would make the assailant think twice before committing those atrocities ever again.
Baba Hajoor, Kathmandu
- NBI Chairman Sashin Joshi reportedly said that the financial system is under threat globally (‘Involvement of staff, directors key challenge’, March 12, Money I). We should just clean our house rather than worrying about the fraud on a global scale. How can we clean our banking sector? Perhaps introduction of tough laws to control fraud as in the US, China and Singapore, which represent both libertarian and authoritarian polities, can help. Not quite for banking fraud, but for abuse of women and power, we have witnessed how the former IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been turned upside down in the French Republic. For his financial crimes, we have seen the fall of billionaire Bernie Madoff in the US, from a high-flying art collector to a jailed convict, whose two sons died tragically and whose personal belongings including shoes were auctioned off. Closer home, maverick and dashing billionaire Subrata Roy is cooling his heels in notorious Tihar jail for skimming off millions from the depositors. We shudder at the thought of the fate of banking frauds in China and Singapore irrespective of position, political or otherwise.
In this vibrant republic, we could wipe out or minimise fraud if we can legally guarantee them four to five decades stay in Bhadragol or Charkhal along with confiscation of all their properties including those in the name of immediate kiths and kin. Of course, we will need to widen the scope of law to implicate any power that will try to intervene to save the neck of the frauds through the backdoor or front door. Let us try these out on the fraud bank directors and staffers on an experimental basis to begin with.
J. Talchabhadell, Bhaktapur
Published: 15-03-2015 08:50