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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 20 November 2018

#MeToo names in the frame must be properly investigated

Our readers have their say on an Indian scandal, mental health and driving tests

Congress party workers in New Delhi protest against MJ Akbar's alleged sexual misconduct and harassment of journalist. EPA
Congress party workers in New Delhi protest against MJ Akbar's alleged sexual misconduct and harassment of journalist. EPA

In reference to your article On the coattails of #MeToo, is it finally time for a big Bollywood clean-up? (October 11), which cited the recent allegations made by Indian actresses about their co-stars, as well as female journalists accusing editors of sexual harassment and assault, what a sad and painful read.

Some of the recent allegations made by many female journalists accuse former editor and current government minister MJ Akbar, which is a truly shocking development.

Those journalists who have come forward must be commended for their bravery. The government should take immediate action in investigating their complaints and dealing with their grievances.

Women deserve to feel secure in their workplaces and bosses should always behave respectfully. This is a sad state of affairs indeed.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

Mental health education is essential for a caring society

I refer to the article Abu Dhabi schools introduce region’s first mental health programme to their curriculums (October 15): this story contains an important message – one which every one of us should be aware of, and that is mental health management. Such a programme should certainly be included in the education curriculum. We have seen programmes launched about the effects of smoking and taking drugs but now what is needed is a more holistic approach. We need a curriculum that teaches younger generations how to handle situations challenging their mental health in order to have a properly functioning society – a society where we care about one another and in which we take care of one another.

Charlotte Hoppe, Abu Dhabi

Send motorists in the UAE back to driving school

You asked Should all new UAE residents have to take a driving test before hitting the roads? (October 8) My answer is yes. We have people from all walks of life on the roads and some erratic drivers have no respect for others. Their bad habits include driving slowly in the fast lane, blocking traffic and exceeding the speed limit. Traffic could be reduced if motorists just used their common sense.

Mathew Litty, Dubai