Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 9 July 2020

We have to protect children and change the laws around child labour

Our readers have their say on laws to protect children, the meaning of good leadership, Delhi's hospital bed crisis and Emirates Airline's layoffs

Activists carry placards during a protest against child labour and violence against children, Karachi, June 8. Asif Hassan / AFP
Activists carry placards during a protest against child labour and violence against children, Karachi, June 8. Asif Hassan / AFP

With reference to Haroon Janjua's report ‘We need justice’: Zohra Shah’s family breaks silence over murder of girl, 8 (June 9): the employers should face harsh punishment for their crime. These laws need to change fast. An eight-year-old child should be playing, studying and enjoying childhood, not working.

Elize van Wyk, Dubai

Society functions comfortably courtesy good leadership

This refers to Robert Kirk's op-ed Lessons from the UAE in how to build resilience during a pandemic (June 9): good leadership makes civil society function comfortably. One can only imagine the time and effort that the leaders put in to containing the spread of Covid-19, devoting their energy to safeguarding the people throughout the lockdown period.

However, individual responsibility is also crucial. People must understand what they are supposed to do and how they are supposed to behave in the months ahead.

Let's hope the world can fast recover from the current situation and life can go back to some sort of normal.

Ramachandran Nair, Muscat, Oman

The dearth of hospital beds in Delhi is worrying

With reference to the report Delhi coronavirus cases set to explode, hospitals running out of beds (June 9): it was alarming to read that the cases in India are about to overtake the number of infections of UK, with infections in Delhi expected to reach 550,000 by the end of July. An increase in Covid-19 cases and the shortage of beds in the Indian capital should push the government to provide more beds. They are already doing so but efforts need to be seriously ramped up and still more precautionary measures taken.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru, India

The airline that is bound to bounce back after the pandemic

Regarding Deena Kamel's report Dubai's Emirates lays off more staff to cope with coronavirus fallout (June 9): Emirates was born when the aviation industry was suffering. It is only a matter of time and it will bounce back and faster than any other airline. It is not just an airline, it is the heart of Dubai. And Dubai is known to surprise the world. Wait and watch.

Mohammed Al Edroos, Dubai

They will bounce back. The whole world just needs to go through this phase of restructure.

Shauna Maree, California, US

Really hoping that the airline will soon be up and flying. My daughter has loved every minute in Dubai, and I've got to say that the company has looked after my daughter in the 14 years she has flown with Emirates.

Christine Overton, Norwich, UK

Updated: June 10, 2020 04:50 PM

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