‘Must we cut penalty for rape of minors?’
New Delhi: Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said he was surprised why drivers were up in arms against the amended provisions in the Motor Vehicles Act, which aims to protect their lives and make roads safer. He said those opposing the revised law must try to understand the pain of families who have lost their members to road accidents.
“I don’t understand why they are opposing the law. Only those who violate rules are facing problem,” he said. Gadkari’s comments came amid reports of protests by transporters and drivers, particularly in the National Capital Region, against the sharp rise in penalties for traffic offences.
Citing recent cases where truckers were caught flouting rules, Gadkari asked, “Who will be held responsible and what would be the cost of lives lost in accidents? Every year 1.5 lakh people are dying in road accidents and at least 2.5 lakh are becoming handicapped. We have stiff penalties for people involved in rape of minor; can anyone demand reducing the penalties for such an offence? High penalties work as a deterrent for violators”.
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