Make law against snatching more stringent, Delhi HC tells govt
NEW DELHI : The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the city government to consider amending the penal provisions to deal with the “serious problem” of chain snatching in the capital. It sought a status report from the government on how it intended to deal with the issue.
While even the rape laws needed “drastic amendments”, the government should look into making the punishment for snatching more stringent, the court said.
The court also issued notice to the Delhi government, police and the municipal corporations and sought their reply to the plea, which also contended that various parks were the “hubs” of such crimes.
The petition was moved by advocate Prashant Manchanda has alleged that chain snatchings in the city have seen a six-fold rise leading to a “fear psychosis” in the minds of citizens as well as tourists who are also targeted by the perpetrators.