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Consider making punishment for snatching more stringent: Delhi High Court

Consider making punishment for snatching more stringent: Delhi High Court
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The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the AAP government to consider amending the penal provisions to deal with the -'serious problem-' of chain...

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the AAP government to consider amending the penal provisions to deal with the "serious problem" of chain snatching in the national capital. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar sought a status report from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government on how it intended to deal with the issue, which was raised in a PIL filed by a lawyer.

While even the rape laws needed "drastic amendments", the government should look into making the punishment for snatching more stringent, the court said.

The court also issued notice to the Delhi government, police and the municipal corporations and sought their reply to the plea, which has also contended that various parks in the city were the "hubs" of such crimes and the criminal elements frequented such places due to lack of vigilance. The bench listed the matter for further hearing on December 14.

The petition was moved by advocate Prashant Manchanda who has alleged that chain snatchings in the city have seen a six- fold rise leading to a "fear psychosis" in the minds of citizens as well as tourists who are also targeted by the perpetrators.
He claimed that on an average, there were 25 snatching cases every day in the national capital due to the "absence of effective laws" and "indifference" of the police.

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