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Hit-and-run: Violators to be charged under stiffer law, to attract stricter penalties

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

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.

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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)

 

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Crimes Against Women Perpetrate in Every two Minutes: NCRB Analysis

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Father, left and mother, center of the Indian student victim who was fatally gang raped on this day three years back on a moving bus in the Indian capital join others at a candle lit vigil in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. VOA
  • Any kind of physical or mental harm towards women is deemed as  “crime against women”
  • Domestic violence is the most dominant crime against women
  • Andhra Pradesh state is the highest to report crimes against women in the period of ten years

Sep 20, 2017: A report released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) suggests that crimes against women have increased violently in the last ten years with an estimated figure of  2.24 million crimes. The figure is also suggestive of the fact: 26 crimes against women are reported every hour, or one complaint every two minutes, reports IndiaSpend analysis.

The most dominant crime against women with 909,713 cases reported in last decade was ‘cruelty by husbands and relatives’ under section 498‐A of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

‘Assault on women’ booked under section 354 of IPC is the second-most-reported crime against women with 470,556 crimes.

‘Kidnapping and abduction of women’ are the third-most-reported crime with 315,074 crimes, followed by ‘rape’ (243,051), ‘insult to modesty of women’ (104,151) and ‘dowry death’ (80,833).

The NCRB report also listed three heads, namely commit rape (4,234), abetment of suicide of women (3,734) and protection of women from domestic violence (426) under which cases of crime against women have been reported in 2014.

Andhra Pradesh has reported the most crimes against women (263,839) over the past 10 years.

Andhra Pradesh state is the highest (263,839) to report crimes against women in the period of ten years. Crimes reported for insult (35,733) ranks first followed by cruelty by husband relatives (117,458), assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty (51,376) and dowry-related deaths (5,364).

West Bengal (239,760) is second most crime against women state followed by Uttar Pradesh (236,456), Rajasthan (188,928) and Madhya Pradesh (175,593).

Abduction increased up to three folds over the recent years,  with Uttar Pradesh being the worst affected state. Cases rose from 15,750 cases in 2005 to 57,311 cases in 2014.

Prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94


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A Delhi Court to Frame Charges Against ‘Slander Man’ of Indian Politics Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia on September 14

‘Indian Slander Man’ Arvind Kejriwal has as many as 10 defamation cases filed against him.

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  • Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Yogendra Yadav currently facing charges of criminal defamation
  • Court to frame charges in the case on September 14
  • Delhi CM Kejriwal has over 10 libel cases filed against him

New Delhi, August 24, 2017: Looking at the escalating tally of cases against the Delhi CM, it would not be wrong to believe that either Arvind Kejriwal enjoys raising grave allegations against people without prior thought or substantiation, or that people find it easy to file libel cases against him.

A Delhi Court will now frame charges against Arvind Kejriwal, and his deputy Manish Sisodia on September 14 following a criminal defamation complaint filed by advocate Surendar Kumar Sharma. Additionally, Swaraj chief Yogendra Yadav is also undergoing trial as an accused in the vilification complaint.

The court had asserted in its order that the argument submitted by the accused do not sustain, following which notices (cases) were framed under the CrPC against them.

According to Sharma, volunteers of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had approached him asserting that Kejriwal was very pleased with his social service. They had further offered him a party ticket to contest the 2013 Delhi assembly elections.

Sharma alleged that he was informed by Sisodia and Yadav that AAP’s Political Affairs Committee had decided to give him the ticket, following which he had filled up the application form to contest the polls.

However, the party later denied him the ticket.

On October 14, 2013, Sharma further claimed that “defamatory, unlawful and derogatory words (were) used by the accused persons” in newspaper reports that breached his reputation in the society and the Bar, alike.

Responding to the complaint, the AAP leaders had asserted that as per the rules, every political party is entitled to the allotment or cancellation of an election ticket. They had further revealed the rationale behind their decision, saying Sharma was denied a ticket as had had not divulged correct details of the cases pending against him.

On grounds of the libel complaint thus filed, the trial court in Delhi had previously sought presence of the accused before it saying that there was prima facie material to supplement the summons which were issued under sections 499, 500 (defamation) and 34(common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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Following this, a bail had been granted to Kejriwal, Sisodia and Yadav.

According to the PTI report, the accused were to appear before the court on August 23. However, they sought exemption from Metropolitan Magistrate Vijay Kumar Jha for personal appearance for the day on the grounds that they were involved in by-polls in Bawana region in north-west Delhi.

While charges in the complaint will now be framed on September 14, Delhi CM has already claimed the title of the ‘Indian Slander Man’ following his expanding tally, with as many as 10 defamation cases filed against him.


 

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