Obstruction of tactile paths in DU draws HC ire



On the objection of the counsel of the Central Government that the court can not frame law over this issue, the Delhi High Court gave them 10 days to come up with an explanation in the form of status report as to why stringent laws can not be enacted in the national capital in lines of Haryana and Maharashtra.

A PIL was filed in the Hon'ble Delhi High Court addressing the growing menace of snatching subjecting the citizens and even foreign tourists which ensues series of other serious offences including crime against woman, molestation, attempt to murder and even deaths of the victim using risky weapons. 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 petitioner informed HC that already Haryana has made inclusions in IPC to make it harsher against snatchings. Manchanda claimed that chain snatchings in the city have seen a six-fold rise.

The court was apprised as to how the offence of snatching has nearly become endemic, however Delhi Police with a view to burke and minimise the crime rate is either discouraging the victims to refrain from lodging the FIRs or Registering FIRs under trivial section such as 379 and 356 even when hurt is caused instead of Section 392 and 397. But the Delhi Police is either discouraging victims to refrain from lodging the FIRs or registering FIRs under trivial sections even when hurt is caused so as to minimise the crime rate.

Further, the enactment of new laws in Haryana has constrained such criminals to shift base in Delhi.

Manchanda told the court that Delhi parks had become hubs of such crime and criminal elements frequented such places due to lack of vigilance.

It was also apprised to the court that majority of public spaces and parks do not have security, CCTV cameras and lightings.