Consider stringent punishment for snatchings, HC tells Delhi government

Leslie Hanson
November 15, 2017

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.

The bench issued notice to the Centre, Lt Governor, Delhi government and the Delhi Police, and sought a status report from the Delhi government on how it meant to deal with the problem.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said it has already heard Delhi government's standing counsel Ramesh Singh on the issue and he was supposed to seek instruction on the amounts which were payable under the 3rd and 4th Finance Commissions to the EDMC. Manchanda claimed that chain snatchings in the city have seen a six-fold rise.

He said that neighbouring Haryana, in view of the seriousness of the problem, had provided for harsher punishment for those committing snatchings wherein provisions had been made in the Indian Penal Code to increase the jail term for offenders from five to 14 years along with fine, as against a maximum of three years earlier.

The court said that 90 per cent of the cases before it pertained to unauthorised constructions in the national capital and added that each matter clogged the system for several years.

"The offence of snatchings has nearly become endemic". 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. The PIL also sought new sections to be added in the Criminal Law, on the lines of states like Haryana, Maharashtra and Punjab.

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

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