“Flouting of safety norms to blame for fires”  

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“Flouting of safety norms to blame for fires”

Mudda speakers agree that laws are disregarded                                                                                        

SITE OF TRAGEDY: The SUM Hospital in Bhubaneswar where a blaze on October 17 claimed 20 lives
SITE OF TRAGEDY: The SUM Hospital in Bhubaneswar where a blaze on October 17 claimed 20 lives

The recent fires in a Bhubaneswar hospital and a Mumbai residential building have raised a question mark over safety norms. This issue, and that of triple talaq were discussed in Tuesday’s edition of Mudda, the daily current affairs talk show of APN. Moderated by Abhilasha Pathak, the participants were Maulana Yasub Abbas, APN Consulting Editor Govind Pant Raju, Muslim affairs expert Fasih Ahmed, social activist Shabnam Khan, former fire brigade officer Amarjeet Singh and Medical Superintendent of Balrampur Hospital E.U. Siddiqui.

Raju pointed out that fires in nature might be hard to prevent but a building blaze occurs due to negligence. We should focus on fire prevention rather than fire fighting, he added. He pointed out that there are very stringent laws on this but they are not being followed in letter or spirit. He reiterated that maintenance of fire hydrants is also not up to the mark.

Siddiqui said that mock drills and training programs are regularly held to tackle such situations. He emphasized the need to exit a building immediately if a fire breaks out.

Alok Kumar said there are numerous hospitals functioning in basements, flouting safety norms. Sometimes, apartment locations make it very hard for the fire brigade to reach quickly, he added. Pointing to a nexus between development authorities and contractors, he said corruption is the sole reason for safety measures not being followed.   

Singh said the authorities are not serious about mock drills.

TRIPLE TALAQ

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Khan emphasized that the demands of Muslim women are not against the Quran Sharif, they are seeking the very rights granted by the scripture. She also said that the issue relates not just to women but also to men as relatives of victims.

Abbas said that people misuse triple talaq on trivial issues. He pointed out that whoever is trying to validate triple talaq is misinterpreting the verses of the Quran for their vested interests.

Ahmed said that the practice of triple talaq is abhorrent. “In the Quran men and women have been given equal rights,” he added.

By Shiv Pandey