Delhi HC wants stringent punishment for chain snatchers
The Delhi High Court asked the Union Home Ministry what steps it has taken to make provisions for stringent provisions to deal with offenders of chain snatching.
The Delhi state government had written to the Union Home Ministry seeking necessary amendments in the Indian Penal Code to deal with such offenders.
Since the Union Home Ministry has not taken any action, a public interest litigation was filed in the High Court by advocate Prasanth Manchanda. His contention is that offenders were dealt under the provision of robbery where the punishment is 7 years. Now the police deal with the offenders under theft and the punishment is only 3 years. And it is easy to get bail too. The petitioner also raised a point that it is not an isolated offence but sets off a series of offences, including molestation, injury, attempt to murder and even instances of murders when the snatchers used force when resisted.
The petitioner brought to the attention of the High Court a significant step taken by the Haryana Government where chain snatching offenders were given 10 years rigorous punishment and slapped a fine of Rs 25000.