x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Getting men to abandon a bad habit

Letter writers discuss sexual harassment in India, gun control in the United States, stereotypes about Canadians and speeding in the UAE.

Protests across India, including this one in New Delhi, may not change bad behaviour, a reader says. Another letter-wrtier suggests the use of more undercover police to fight 'Eve-teasing'. Anindito Mukherjee / EPA
Protests across India, including this one in New Delhi, may not change bad behaviour, a reader says. Another letter-wrtier suggests the use of more undercover police to fight 'Eve-teasing'. Anindito Mukherjee / EPA

How can India end the nasty habit of 'Eve-teasing'?

Harassment is part of everyday life in Delhi (December 23) was an excellent first-person account of life for women in Delhi today. I know it was a fair summary because I, and my friends, as Indian women, experience the same sort of crudity, not to say cruelty.

It would be lovely to think that this "Eve-teasing" behaviour will change now, because of all the protests, but this disdain for women is so deep in the culture that I can hardly believe in progress, unless the government leads the way.

Shalena Shalika, Abu Dhabi

Thank you for that article. The issue is, will the government take severe steps against barbaric rapes?

You cannot be sympathetic or lenient towards a man or men who commit such a crime.

Moiz S, Sharjah

I liked the suggestion, in your editorial against sexual harassment (India faces a social crisis in 'Eve-teasing', December 21) that undercover police teams could fight sexual harassment in crowded places. They should try this more.

Evangeline Duguay, Dubai


NRA's bad logic a disgrace to US

As an American, I am ashamed of the US National Rifle Association, so obviously disconnected with the public and in a state of impaired perception of reality.

Their argument that school officials should be armed (Guns on offer with no questions asked, December 23) was delivered, audaciously or stupidly, even while funerals and memorials were still being held for the Newtown victims. So was their message blaming video games, violent movies, gun-free zones, and the mentally ill as responsible for this tragedy.

Non-Americans looking at this from abroad must be puzzled.

A constitutional right to bear arms is one thing; the barely restricted right to own and use military-grade weapons is another.

Broderick Franklin, Abu Dhabi

The solution to gun crime is more guns? What sense does that make?

Karen Quinn, Dubai

The NRA has been criticised for proposing armed guards in schools, but when he was president, William Clinton suggested the same approach.

The horrible Newtown tragedy is made worse when combatants in America's "culture war" use it as a tool to berate the other side.

Thea Khori, Abu Dhabi

Canadian natives are not well led

Your readers should not be fooled by stereotypes about Canadian native people (Canadian chief's hunger strike fuels native protests, December 23).

The powerful chiefs of Canada's hundreds of Indian bands are alarmed, many of them, because the government in Ottawa is demanding more accountability. For decades, band councils, well-funded by Canadian taxpayers, have dominated life on reserves. These groups are supposed to be elected but irregularities and nepotism are common.

The result, in many cases: great inequality, with the elite living a jet-set life while ordinary natives remain poor, sick, jobless, and alcoholic. Some well-run reserves, however, show what is possible.

Many ordinary native people are eagerly awaiting reform; many chiefs are stalling it.

Al Hamilton, Canada

Voters didn't trust Kerry very much

A known and trusted face on world stage (December 23) suggests that John Kerry, the newly-nominated US secretary of state, will be just that. But I am not so sure.

In fact I suspect that Mr Kerry is more known than trusted, in that Barack Obama didn't want him as vice-president, and the voters didn't want him as president.

In any case, it seems to me that Mr Kerry won't be making foreign policy, only carrying it out.

Suzanne Zakhoor, Abu Dhabi

New citizens, do come and visit us

As a native-born citizen of a Caribbean island nation, St Kitts and Nevis, I find it amusing that many people from the Middle East want our citizenship (Dh1.4m to be a Caribbean citizen, December 23).

But the story explained the real reason: to get ease of access to western countries without a visa, a passport from our part of the world goes a long way.

I hope many Middle Eastern people who can afford the paperwork to become citizens will take advantage of their new status and spend some time with us.

Jonathan Goodchild, St Kitts

Rules could stop bad behaviour

Enough is enough with gun crimes in US, rapes in India, and speeding cars in the UAE.

It is a time to change and enforce strict rules before anyone else is victimised.

J Lee, Abu Dhabi