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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 15 November 2018

Lynchings are taking India down a very dangerous path

Our readers have their say on mob violence, influencers and Gussy the cat

People hold placards and block a road during a protest against recent mob lynchings across the country, in Kolkata, India. Rupak De Chowdhuri / Reuters
People hold placards and block a road during a protest against recent mob lynchings across the country, in Kolkata, India. Rupak De Chowdhuri / Reuters

In reference to the bold and fearless article by Rashmee Roshan Lall A dark narrative of violence runs alongside the shining India story (July 24), India cannot permit public lynchings and the rule of law must prevail. Otherwise we are moving towards a dreadful and horrendous time. We will reach a point when people will simply be too frightened to travel outside their neighbourhoods and towns. This issue needs urgent redressal. A healthy democracy cannot survive in an atmosphere of fear. Rabindranath Tagore, the Indian poet and a Noble Prize winner, had wished for India to be a country “where the mind is without fear and the head is held high”.

Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

We must treat animals with greater compassion

Your article Abandoned Abu Dhabi cat Gussy receives ‘overwhelming’ response from readers (July 23) reminded me of Mahatma Gandhi’s famous dictum, “the greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. In the face of thousands of abandoned pets, I applaud every bit the media and society are doing to highlight the plight of abandoned and rejected animals all around us.

Wiltrud Eva, Dubai

Are volunteers needed to pack boxes for humanitarian aid and other tasks at the Red Crescent? I’d like to hear more about such opportunities, rather than the plight of a single cat, however cute he may be.

Josh Denney, UAE

Let’s hear more about causes of all types. There is clearly a willingness to help.

Helen Rugg, Dubai

We are all equal and deserve fair treatment and pay

With reference to your article Major beauty brand drops Kuwaiti influencer Sondos Alqattan, who remains unapologetic over comments (July 24), I would urge cosmetic companies to please distance themselves from Ms Alqattan. Comments and opinions of the kind she has expressed are disgusting and should never be tolerated. I will never set foot in any stores that are affiliated with Ms Alqattan and will encourage others to do the same. We are all equal and deserve equal pay, fair treatment and respect, no matter what our nationality.

Jennifer Sewell, Dubai