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In the wake of increasing incidents of road deaths caused by drunken driving, the home ministry has decided to introduce a Cabinet note inserting a new provision in the penal code. The punishment for a fatal hit-and-run accident where the driver is intoxicated will now increase.

The ‘Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2015’ being drafted by the home and law ministries will introduce a new Section–304 (A) (2) — in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which specifies a maximum seven-year sentence for killing a person on road and fleeing away from the scene.

Currently, Section 304 (A) enunciates a maximum sentence of two years for “rash and negligent act leading to death or injury”. Under the proposed changes, two years will now be the minimum penalty and the upper limit will be set at seven years.

The amended Section 304 (A) (2) will specifically deal with “causing death or injury by rash and negligent driving” and subsequently “driving or running away” without informing any police station within a reasonable time. Punishment will be more stringent and the offence will become non-bailable.

However, the provisions related to drunken driving are only a part of a plethora of changes proposed by the government.

Prospective changes also include criminalizing bribery in the private sector, making dowry offences compoundable. A Section of IPC under which people attempting to commit suicide can be prosecuted may also become history.

If an offence is committed under existing Section 304 (A) or the new Section under the influence of drinks or drugs, it shall be deemed to have been committed in a rash or negligent manner.

“This may remove a lot of confusion over charging intoxicated drivers, who run away from scene of the accident, under the Section 304 (Part 2) or simply Section 304 (A),” a senior home ministry official told ET.

Two other provisions related to rash driving and causing hurt due to it; acts punishable under Section 336 and 337 respectively are going to attract stiffer penalties.

In May this year, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was charged under Section 304 (Part 2) of IPC–dealing with ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder’. He was sentenced to a five year prison term after the court decided to charge him under the stiffer law.

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Two minors subjected to third degree by Delhi men, forced to sexually assault each other; Two accused held

The two boys were said to be in very bad condition and had since been admitted at Ambedkar Hospital in Rohini.

The accused is suspected to have put petrol and chilli powder on the private parts of two minors and burnt them with cigarettes (representative image) Pixabay

New Delhi, November 6, 2017 : Ten persons subjected two minors to third degree, forced them to sexually assault each other, and filmed the crime in west Delhi, following which two accused have been arrested, police said on November 5.

An FIR was lodged against 10 persons under the Indian Penal Code for unnatural sex and other offences as well as the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and two of them arrested late Saturday night, Delhi Police Special Commissioner and Chief PRO Dependra Pathak said.

The crime took place on October 26 in Rohini but came to light on Saturday when the boys’ families approached police after a video footage recorded by the accused went viral on social media.

Police said the boys, minors aged between 13 and 15, are friends and live with their families in Metro Vihar area in Holambi Kalan.

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As one of the accused, Kanwar Singh, suspected one of them of involvement in theft at his residence, his men summoned the minor and held him hostage.

They beat him with leather belts and when he did not admit to the theft, the accused also called his friend, 15, forced both to strip, and tortured them for over five hours, police said.

Both were forced to perform sexual acts on each other, filmed in the process and threatened with uploading of the clipping on the Internet in case police was told about the crime, a senior police officer said.

The accused even put petrol and chilli powder on their private parts and burnt them with cigarettes.

The two boys were said to be in very bad condition and had since been admitted at Ambedkar Hospital in Rohini. (IANS)