Killers roam free without forensics

Why do the police rely so much on CCTV and mobile phone location to solve crimes? These methods are useful, sure, but what about forensics? A serial killer was caught in Patiala earlier this year. He had been killing since 1995. Despite being a suspect in two of the murders early on, he was never charged…

Surrogacy No More

The baby takes all its nutrition from the mother and these poor women do not have a healthy enough postpartum diet to replenish their bodies. Instead, they are likely to give birth again. The bones are robbed of their calcium and the pelvic and urethral muscles can be adversely affected. This wear and tear on the body is called the “maternal depletion syndrome.”

We eat pesticides every day

Once, I got to talking with a van driver on a long trip through the countryside. Let’s call him Sunil. Sunil had a farm and talked about it a lot. At the end of the long trip, I gave him a generous tip and he said he wanted to warn me about pomegranates! Don’t eat…

Don’t feed the spam monster

Whether it’s at a supermarket or at a shop or online, you are tricked into giving your mobile number. You could be waylaid by someone who promises you will win a lottery or maybe it’s at the shop where you make a purchase. Mobile numbers it seems, are mandatory.  Oddly enough, giving your mobile number…

Extreme Ideologies and violence

I know someone who is a right wing sympathiser. She raves about our godly prime minister, about how evil the non-Hindus are and why we need to set them right. She believes that violence is sometimes necessary. Her calling in life is to “awaken” Hindus. Fake forwards and trumped up videos are a part of…

Take safety into your own hands

It was shocking to hear about the 57 people who were mowed down by a train in Amritsar last month. After reading that mandatory permissions from the municipal corporation were not taken, and the railways were not informed, it appears as if it was a tragedy in the making. Breaking the law and endangering others…