Need a tougher law to stop vehicle vandalism, says advocate Milind Pawar
One of the prominent practising criminal lawyers in Pune, Milind Pawar speaks to Nadeem Inamdar on the necessity of a new law to book vandals indulging in destruction of public property.pune Updated: Jan 22, 2018 15:29 IST
Advocate Milind Pawar is one of the prominent practising criminal lawyer who has been associated with a number of high profile cases in the city. He is the lawyer of anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare and represented fake stamp paper scam accused Abdul Karim Telgi, who died in October 26, 2017, and his wife Shaheda. He has also been the defence lawyer of Sambhaji Brigade in the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI) attack case. He has also been a member of privilege committee , Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa.
How serious is the issue of vehicle vandalism?
It is a serious threat to the public and private property and needs to be dealt with the iron hand of law. The youths are taking law in their own hands and are indulging in rampant destruction of two and four-wheelers. this is alarming as there seems to be a significant rise in the number of such incidents in the recent past. For frustrated and irate youths, it has now become fashion to vent their ire on parked vehicles and the law enforcement agencies are falling short in curbing the rising vandalism menace in the city.
Why is violence by youth flourishing in the city?
With easy finance options available, a number of finance companies have set shop in Pune leading to burgeoning sale of vehicles and thereby, a record increase in vehicle population. Residential and public parkings are overflowing and it takes only a petty reason for passions to flare up and vehicles to be damaged by the youth. All they have to do is put an ignited matchstick in the petrol tank of any vehicle or use a spray on the tyres and then, with the use of a lighter, the entire vehicle catches fire and is reduced to ash in no time. Proper investigation of such crimes has become the need of the hour.The youth need good counselling and role models to emulate who can give a constructive direction to their lives.
Are the existing Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections not enough to curtail such vandalism ?
Obviously, the existing Sections which are being used by the police are not proving to be an effective deterrent to curb the menace of vehicle vandalism. Vandalism has the destructive potential to cost the government and local civic government crores of rupees. It is also causing immense psychological and emotional damage to the vehicle owners. When a youth deface, alter or otherwise destroy someone's two or four-wheeler, he or she must be made to mandatorily clean-up, repair or replace the damaged vehicle and should substantially face criminal penalties in the form of long-term jail time and heavy fine. A strong law against the destruction of public property must be brought in to ensure that the rule of law prevails.