HC: Consider making law on chain snatching stricter
New Delhi: Expressing concern over the “serious problem” of chain snatching, Delhi high court on Tuesday sought to know if the AAP government plans to amend the law to make it more stringent. While hearing a PIL on the issue, a bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar asked for a status report within three weeks from the government detailing its proposal on dealing with the problem.
HC said the government must examine the penal provisions so that punishment for snatching becomes more stringent and issued notice to the police and civic bodies. The PIL filed by advocate Prashant Manchanda also highlighted the absence of security in the city parks owned and operated by various civic agencies, saying these had become crime “hubs” as the criminals frequented these places due to lack of vigilance.
Manchanda claimed that chain snatchings in the city have seen a six-fold rise. “On an average, there are 25 snatching cases every day in Delhi due to absence of effective laws and indifference of the police, which books the offen- ders under trivial provisions of theft instead of robbery or dacoity, even though weapons are used to commit such crimes,” the petition said.
The petitioner informed HC that already Haryana has made inclusions in IPC to make it harsher against snatchings. As per the amended sections 379A and 379B in the IPC, the offence of snatching entails a punishment ranging from five to 14 years with a fine, as against the maximum of three years under Section 379 in the neighbouring state.
The government said that an amendment was under consideration.