Make law against snatch­ing more strin­gent, Delhi HC tells govt

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Metro -

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.

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