LETTERS

Righting the wrongs

Apropos of the news report “Seized land, detainees still with Maoists” (THT, Aug 29), it is ironic that despite umpteen promises to free detainees and return their seized properties, the

government led by the CPN-Maoist has not taken any step to honour that pledge. Now, armed with state authority, the Maoists must right the wrongs committed during the period of insurgency. As Nepalis have great expectations of the new leadership, the Maoist-led government should institute changes in general administration to make the public feel safe and well-served.

Manit Deokota,

Sukkedhara, Kathmandu

Not this

With respect to the news report “VVIP visits hitting relief, rescue op” (THT, Aug 29), it is unfortunate, and a tad intriguing, that high government officials, thanks to their frequent visits to flood-affected sites, are hindering, instead of helping relief operations. When the head of the state has already made an inspection visit, those under him should be actively involved in relief operations instead of flying over the affected areas in helicopters. The most important task at present is preventing the outbreak of epidemics in

water-logged areas.

Pankaj Thapa, via e-mail

In limbo

Women and children have been subjected to a range of abuses and exploitation because of ineffectual legal mechanism to protect their rights. A recent UNICEF report reveals that children continue to be trafficked for multiple forms of sexual exploitation. Although the government has developed national plans of action, absence of a strong legal framework has rendered most of them ineffective. Moreover, lack of information about the legal process has made children and women vulnerable to abuse. The NGOs and INGOs should work in collaboration with the government to formulate effective laws to protect the rights of women and children.

Rekha Karki, via e-mail

Free them

This refers to the news report “Experts for autonomy to TU campuses” (THT, Aug 28). Tribhuvan University, although it is the premier institution for higher education in Nepal, has not been able to ensure quality education in its affiliate campuses.

Politicisation of university administration is the main reason behind the sorry state of affairs. Autonomy to constituent campuses would minimise political interference and encourage competition. Also, the government should provide enough resources to improve the quality of

existing campuses instead of merely increasing their number.

Amol Acharya, Gatthaghar, Bhaktapur

Anomalies

Apropos of the letter “Flawed” (THT, Aug 27), I support the writer’s view that coalition partners need to set an example by including people from every ethnic and linguistic

background in state machinery. The political parties, once again, have been high on rhetoric but have done little to improve the plight of those belonging to the disadvantaged groups. The Maoist-led government should at once get to work to do away with such discriminatory practices.

Rajesh Pandey, via e-mail