Inform the public

This is in response to the report “Marauding leopard dies of injury” (THT, June 27). The news was well written but lacked some essential information. The leopard reportedly injured some people before it was put down. The injured persons might have been better equipped to protect themselves if they had been aware of the safety measures against the wild beast.

They also seemed oblivious to the importance of an endangered species.

Isn’t it the duty of the media to inform the people about the importance of these

animals and the safety measures to be adopted when faced with one? The Dhapasi locals, for instance, should have informed the authorities instead of taking the matter into their own hands. It is the media’s job to inform the public about these issues to ward off

similar incidents in the future.

Rudra Pangeni, via e-mail

Saddening

There is no point arguing about who was responsible for the death of the leopard spotted at Dhapasi. But the way the locals treated the beautiful animal makes me sad. They need not have attacked the animal once it was cornered. Instead, they should have sought the help of wildlife experts and the police.

This incident shows a lack of awareness as regards the preservation of wildlife, even as we humans continue to encroach upon wild habitats. People should be taught to handle such

situations with care and wisdom.

I also chanced upon a video footage of the incident and was surprised by the ineptitude displayed by the MNCT officials and the police while trying to take the beast under control. The authorities should take a serious note of this incident and try to prevent such

incidents in the future.

Jitendra Raj Bajrachary, Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists

Blame game

The blame game the leaders of the political parties are now engaged in will help no one but it can only derail the peace process. The time is ripe for all parties to unite for the common cause of the establishment of peace. Free and fair elections to a constituent assembly are the only way out for the country. All the parties should unite to materialise this common but complex goal.

Shiva Neupane and Khem Aryal, Golphutar

New statute

This is in reference to the news “Students want people to draft interim statute” (THT, June 27). The seven-party alliance leaders should let the people formulate the interim

constitution. The people’s wishes are fulfilled only when they are directly involved in the making of a constitution. The people should also be left to decide on the fate of the institution of monarchy.

The interim constitution should address the concerns of the marginalised communities like Dalits and Janajatis and give the poor hopes of a better life. Issues like women’s empowerment, free education and health should also be dealt with.

Bimal Ojha, Dillibazaar

Add photos

I have been following THT’s coverage of the soccer World Cup from the beginning. As a regular reader of the sports pages, I suggest you add more eye-catching photos and publish tables indicating each team’s standing.

Anita Kumari Das, Rajbiraj