Religion versus religion

Yes, the India I grew up in is gone (“India clears death penalty for rape of girls under 12”, Gulf News, April 22). It was supposed to be a place of values and religious tolerance. It’s not just a fully Hindu, Christian or Muslim country. People coexisted and religion was created only to lead a righteous path, until people started to fight about whose religion was greater. Now, here we are. It started with Nirbhaya, now we have Asifa and more. If your religion teaches you to put another person down then you need a new one.

From Ms Suma Shekhar


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A new wave of change

After six decades, Cuba will be ruled by somebody other than a Castro, and this will be a new experience for the people (“Cuba after the Castros”, Gulf News April 22). History will remember Fidel Castro not only as true human being who fought against imperialism, but also someone who stood for justice and the wellbeing of Cuba for all these years, continued by his brother, Raul Castro. Castro was termed as an icon for the oppressed, throughout the world. After the cold war and collapse of the Soviet Union, Fidel Castro’s government had to face a lot of political and economic crises but managed to hold Cuba together under a red umbrella. Now, the current vice President Miguel Diaz Canel will replace Raul Castro. We hope the new president will carry forward Castro’s legacy and modernise Cuba.

From Mr Eappen Elias


Divorce should be allowed

I think the person in the story needs to meet the abandoned Philippine mothers I’ve met, employed and worked with, who need a divorce to move on with their lives and the lives of their children (“Divorced in the UAE but not in the Philippines”, Gulf News, April 21). Currently, not one of them gets any child support or alimony. They’ve been forced to leave their children behind with parents and siblings to seek work in the Middle East as they are essentially single-parent families. They are always at risk that their husband could come back and help himself to assets he hasn’t earned. I’ve only met women in this situation but I’m certain it happens with mean, too. The responsible person deserves a chance to make a new life, legally free from the person who fled the marriage.

From Mr Daniella How


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Eco-friendly transportation

We never imagined a cheaper and faster-than-airplane mode of transportation, but now it is going to be a reality (“Hyperloop to build a line in Al Ghadeer to be operational by 2020”, Gulf News, April 19). The hyperloop is going to replace all conventional modes of transportation via land, air or water because of the time and the cost. The time taken by airplanes for take-offs, landing and taxing are being eliminated in loop transportation. The movement of perishable goods will happen at a speed beyond imagination. The pollution made by air planes at high altitudes will be eliminated and this mode will be pollution free. The hyperloop is going to be the fastest, emission free and eco-friendly travel mode in the near future and will serve as an answer to many environmental problems we are facing today. On the whole, this innovation in transportation is a win-win situation for passengers, traffic, freight as well as the environment.

From Mr Girish R. Edathitta


Black is not mandatory

Islam instructs and encourages Muslim women to wear modest clothing (“More women wearing colourful abayas in Saudi Arabia”, Gulf News, April 20). To wear an abaya or not to, remains a woman’s choice. Also, there is no compulsion when it comes to the colour of the abaya. I live in the UAE and wear an abaya. However, I avoid wearing black at times and instead, opt for more pastel colours such as light blue, pink and beige that absorb less heat during the summer. The ruling in Islam is a woman should be covered and dressed modestly. Now, a woman can choose to wear an abaya, a coat, take a shawl to drape around herself or anything else, it is up to her.

From Ms Fatima Suhail


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Priorities in place

It’s all about the culture, religion and tradition, which should be followed. The right to wear what one wants is for everyone, but there are certain priorities to religion as well, which are above everything else.

From Mr Anees Khatri


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Colourful is cool

I think this is a great move. I see a lot of women wearing colourful abayas, and I do not see anything wrong with that. Just because they are wearing different colours, doesn’t make them any less modest or religious. This piece of news made me very happy.

From Ms Alia Mathur


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