We are in safe hands, thanks to Dubai Police
There was a criminal case involving our company’s bank account at the end of 2017. One can imagine our reaction and shock when we received our bank statement and realised that a huge sum of money had been stolen from our account. The only help we could expect was from the Dubai Police. The team at the Bur Dubai Police Station did an excellent job and they were able to catch the suspect right before he boarded a plane to leave the country. The friendly and professional staff at the Bur Dubai Police Station, who were in charge of our case, called me on the same day and informed me about the proceedings. I was really impressed when I got another call from an official, only a few days later. He told me not to worry because the money was in a safe place and the full amount had been returned. He said that we would be able to get it back after completion of the required formalities. Further, he also provided full support and assistance to complete all the formalities in an efficient manner. I would like to thank the Bur Dubai Police Station team, especially the staff members in charge of our case, for their brilliant job and assistance provided. One thing I can say for sure, we are safe and well-protected in the UAE, thanks to such people.
From Mr Magsud Taghibayov
Nothing wrong with it
Kudos to actress Gilu Joseph for her photo shoot and cover image in March’s issue of the women’s magazine, Grihalakshmi, which had the headline, ‘Moms tell Kerala — don’t stare, we want to breastfeed’ (“Actress defends breastfeeding photo shoot”, Gulf News, March 5). If one looks at the cover picture positively and with a clean mindset, there seems to be nothing wrong in it. Her intentions are solely noble and aimed at a worthy cause.
Breastfeeding is absolutely natural and provides perfect, healthy nourishment for the newborn child, which all mothers in the world must accept. The picture in itself would simply say the actress is promoting breastfeeding, and there is nothing wrong with that. I think such women should be felicitated on International Women’s Day, and I think the magazine was absolutely right in using this picture.
From Mr Da Costa Peter Nolasco
Exposure to breastfeeding has delivered both negative and positive messages simultaneously to society. The model could successfully strike a balance regarding the stigma associated with breastfeeding in public places. Since such photography involves partial nudity, the conveyed message captured public attention immediately, not only locally, but internationally, too. This is not the first time activists are posing in such a way for a public cause. Definitely, this renewed vigil will prevent perverts from staring at mothers while they feed their babies. Instead of calculating the percentage of nudity precisely, try to understand the message accurately. On the other hand, the inherent marketing strategy behind this exposure cannot be ignored, especially when promoting products. It is also placing one of the most advanced states of India in poor light. Creating controversy first and marketing the product later successfully is the new marketing mantra.
From Mr Girish R. Edathitta
The breastfeeding advertisement is only promoting vulgarity in society. Breastfeeding in public is not an act of decency. It only incites lust and vulgarity among the opposite sex. It is a matter of privacy rather than about exposing your private parts publicly.
It is absolutely inappropriate and also damages the image of the concerned model, since all along, women are suffering heavily for their safety, in society. For centuries, mothers have been breastfeeding without exposing themselves publicly. So, there is no need to create a modern style of breastfeeding, which has to be done in public.
The importance of breastfeeding cannot be denied but it is not necessary that it should be done openly.
From Ms M. Mumtaz Hussain
More acceptance but not enough
While there has been quite an improvement in communities displaying tolerance towards other cultures and religions, there are regions across the globe where minorities are still discriminated against, at the hands of the majority (“Rohingya flee no man’s land after Myanmar threat”, Gulf News, March 1). The persecution of the Rohingya people in Myanmar has been a disturbing example of how intolerance shows its ugly face when it comes to accommodating people with a different ethnicity and religion. The Israeli occupation of Palestine serves as a reminder of how powerful regimes crush the aspirations of people who had lived there all their life. Similarly, some Christians also suffered discrimination recently in Egypt and minority groups in Pakistan also faced a different kind of intolerance, where small communities were subjected to violence by a majority. Iraq and Syria are going through turmoil, where different ethnic groups and religious factions have taken up arms against each other. It has resulted in immense bloodshed. What is needed is a concerted effort by world organisations, such as the United Nations (UN), and the involvement of governments, to create educational programmes and develop venues for multicultural interactions, starting at lower-class levels. This way, the next generation would have a better understanding of how diverse this world is and respond to different cultures and religious faiths with an open mind.
From Mr Esmail Mohammad
Shocking loss for everyone
For any family, grappling with the loss of a loved one is hard, and under such circumstances that are beyond belief, it is almost impossible (“Sridevi case closed, says Public Prosecution; clearance letter to repatriate the body released”, Gulf News, February 28). We can only imagine the deep pain and grief the star’s family is going through. We pray for strength for the family. Dancing like a diva and looking like a queen, just days before succumbing to destiny, is not easy to comprehend. Let us respect her life and her death. We must give her and her family due dignity in this hour of darkness. I request television channels, media groups, friends and family to steer clear of talks and panel discussions on the different plastic surgeries and medications which may have caused her death. It is such a shame and this is disgusting. We need to be humane.
From Ms Ameena Hashim
A chance to prove a point
Indian captain Virat Kohli is one hundred percent right that his team’s performance in South Africa showed only 80 per cent effort (“Kohli, Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar rested for T20 tri-series”, Gulf News, February 26). Definitely, there are many areas, like fielding, catching, running between wickets, and mainly the middle-order collapse, which need to be rectified. At the same time, hats off to the bowlers, who were the real heroes of India’s victories in South Africa. Hope they continue to shine during the tour to England and Australia. Incidentally, it is a real progressive thought from selectors to rest Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Hardik Pandya. In fact, it would have been better to bench Rohit Sharma too, and accommodate Karnataka state opener, Mayank Agarwal, who is on a purple patch this season. Anyway, we are glad that Dinesh Karthik has got his final chance and that youngsters like Vijay Shankar and Washington Sunder have found a place in the team. I hope they get a chance to prove their potential.
From Mr N. Mahadevan
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