Re "Whether or not torture works, there's no way we can condone it" (Viewpoints, Jan. 17) and "Another brutal rape case rattles India" (Page A9, Jan. 14): The column by Leonard Pitts Jr was thought provoking. Do I agree with it? I do not really know.
The brutal rape of the young physiotherapy student in Delhi has enraged women all over. In my fury I was vocal and felt that the punishment must be immediate and severe and include public castration.
Pitts' column says that law is incompatible with justice at times. True. Such a punishment would be repellent to the values held by a civilized nation.
The tragedy is that the barbaric rapists would be given a chance to refute the charges, defend themselves and argue against a just punishment and all at the cost of the court. Those who committed unimaginable atrocities on the hapless girl could receive just three years in prison.
Very difficult to assimilate, very difficult indeed.
-- Kamala Parthasarathy, Rocklin