Skywalks are required but…

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                          Any agitation for skywalks and pedestrian subways can never be termed unjustified. In fact, there is urgent need to migrate from motorist-centric to pedestrian-oriented policies. Every widening of road is done at the expense of the footpath, thereby forcing more and more ...

Traffic management is like Bollywood music

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Just like when tunes are first composed, and lyrics penned later, a traffic cop’s nightmare begins only after infrastructure is opened to public use. In Bollywood nowadays, tunes are composed first and lyrics written later to fit the tunes. In a way, it is like digging a grave first and then looking for a dead ...

MY OPINION – Law must enhance road safety, not revenue

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No one can dispute the good intent behind the new Road Transport and Safety Bill, 2014 in place of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988. There is a lot of emphasis on improving road-user behaviour through enhanced penalties and strict licensing. Among other provisions, the bill envisages to increase penalties by 10-50 times. Such changes are ...

MY OPINION – Should juveniles go scot-free?

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While the nation rejoiced over speedy trials and exemplary punishment in the Nirbhaya and Shakti Mills cases, some managed to evade the reach of law because they were juveniles. The policy on juveniles is caught between rehabilitation and get-tough approach. It’s worthwhile to learn from the evolution of policy towards juvenile offenders in the United ...

NDTV PANEL DISCUSSION ON ROAD SAFETY 1

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MY OPINION ‘It’s high time we had tougher road-safety laws’ 1

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Gopinath Munde joins the long list of politicians like Saheb Singh Verma, Rajesh Pilot and Gyani Zail Singh who lost their lives due to road ac cidents.The lives of one lakh and thirty thousand Indians are cut short every year due to circumstances that are totally avoidable. Fatalities on roads keep rising unabated without any ...

Quick punishment, not guns, can ensure safety 4

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   Achurch is attacked and the most obvious response is to deploy policemen at all churches. Some miscreants desecrate a temple idol and there is demand for giving police protection to all temples. Vandals target hospitals, ATMs, hotels and the knee-jerk reaction is to ask for deployment of police there too. There is a rape in ...

Quick probe, conviction can deter sexual crimes

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Another rape and another round of national uproar! This time in Mumbai. In a country where a woman is raped every 20 minutes, such outrage is a welcome sign. Public anger makes all women feel vulnerable and all men ashamed. But we must accept the enemy lies somewhere “among us” and not “out there” — ...

Police need empathy and support, not condemnation 3

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Policemen get lynched by crowds while handling disturbances, killed by Naxals, run over by motorists while jumping signals or beaten up by people when flagged down for drunken driving or overspeeding. Rarely does civil society raise its voice when policemen are beaten up or killedby our own citizens.Asociety where policemen beat up its citizens cannot ...

Hardly anybody uses Sakala to get info from Police

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In this mega city of Bangalore where almost all of us have access to internet or mobile phone, the system to track the applications and follow up with Police isn’t reaching all. Why? By Bosky Khanna , 31 Jul 2013 , Citizen Matters Bangalore houses roughly around one crore citizens. As the city grows, crime ...