Act on your own
Apropos of the news report “Thamel in eye of ‘sex racket’ storm” (THT, Oct 21), it was shocking to learn that though the police arrested 22 persons on charges of prostitution, they have taken no action against the guest house owners who are actually behind the sex racket. Moreover, most of the guest houses and hotels in the capital, have been known to ply sex trade for years now. Occasional raids will hardly discourage unscrupulous hoteliers from forcing their female staff or hire outsiders to get involved in sexual activities to entertain customers. The police should not only act on occasional tip-offs, but also act on their own to control the flourishing sex trade in the capital.
Manit Devkota, via e-mail
This is in reference to the news report “Lofty pledge to delink education from politics” (THT, Oct 21). Nowhere in the world is the educational sector so much politicised as in Nepal. This is the main reason why efforts to improve the quality of education in Nepali educational establishments have so far gone in vain. Not surprisingly, therefore, thousands of Nepali
students seeking higher education are compelled to go abroad. If the commitment made by
Minister for Education Renu Kumari Yadav to make the education sector free of politics materialises, Nepali students will be able to get quality education in their own country.
Anuja Chand, Lalitpur
Prime Minister Prachanda and Finance Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai have made several promises after the formation of the government. But they are yet to demonstrate that they are unlike leaders of the past and truly committed to their word. In order to prove its mettle, the Maoist-led government must abide by the principles it advocates. Also, it must concentrate
on the task of writing a new constitution.
Ramesh Bahadur Shrestha, Lalitpur
Even as we have witnessed many political changes in the last few decades, the laws of our land have hardly been reviewed to meet the needs of the changed political and social contexts. Judicial records reveal that many cases have been lying undecided in courts for decades. The minister for Law, Justice and Constituent Assembly Affairs has time and again complained about this state of affairs “Dev Gurung reflects on Maoist spirit”, (THT, Oct 19).
Minister Gurung has also promised that certain laws would be reviewed through the CA so that Nepali people will not have to suffer from ineffectual judicial system. Moreover, the Maoist-led government should take urgent measures to control corruption in the judiciary.
Rajendra Gurubacharya, Kathmandu
Democracy does mean that one can trample on the rights of others. It is surprising that even a small incident results in chakka jams and bandhs in our country. While the collapse of the Kosi embankments has affected movement of people, frequent transport strikes have made road journeys a nightmare. The government should take immediate effective steps to take care of both of these things.
Dwaipayan Regmi, Biratnagar