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Chandigarh moots 10-year jail for snatching; MHA nod awaited

The UT administration in its new draft on law against snatching has proposed to make the offence non-bailable with a rigorous imprisonment up to 10 years. The proposal has been sent to the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) for approval.

punjab Updated: Apr 23, 2017 15:21 IST
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The police department had made these recommendations to the administration which after approving these sent the draft to the home ministry. Now, the Union law ministry is evaluating the case.
The police department had made these recommendations to the administration which after approving these sent the draft to the home ministry. Now, the Union law ministry is evaluating the case.(Illustartion by Daljeet Kaur Sandhu/HT )

The UT administration in its new draft on law against snatching has proposed to make the offence non-bailable with a rigorous imprisonment up to 10 years. The proposal has been sent to the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) for approval.

With its relatively lenient laws failing to deter the snatchers, the administration and the police have finally woken up to the menace and decided to amend the rulebook.

“We have decided to replicate the Punjab law on snatching that was amended a few years ago. We’re awaiting home ministry’s approval,” said a senior official.

The police department had made these recommendations to the administration which after approving these sent the draft to the home ministry. Now, the Union law ministry is evaluating the case. The amended provisions will make this crime as cognisable, punishable/non-bailable and can be tried in the district and sessions court.

REPLICATES PUNJAB LAW AMENDED IN 2010

In 2010, the Punjab cabinet had amended section 379 (theft) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), inserting into it subsections 379-A and 379-B.

UT too wants to do the same. Incidentally, after Punjab, even Haryana had made the amendment, making its law on snatching stricter.

Under the new law, one commits snatching will be jailed for not less than five years. The imprisonment may extend up to 10 years besides a fine of Rs 10,000 fine or both.

Presently, snatching is punishable with a maximum of three-year jail. The police register cases of snatching under section 379 (theft) and section 356 (use of criminal force to commit theft).

As many as 160 incidents of snatching were reported in 2015 and 2016 in the city while 73 cases have been registered this year so far.