New Delhi: Expressing grave concern over the deteriorating law-and-order situation in the capital, a Delhi court has said that immediate steps are required at all levels for the safety and security of citizens.
The court`s observation came while sentencing two youths to 10 years in prison each for robbing a man last year whom they had also grievously injured.
"The deteriorating law-and-order problem in the capital of the country is a matter of serious concern and immediate steps are required to be taken at all levels for ensuring security and safety of the citizens," Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau said.
"Under these circumstances, the courts are required to find answers to the new challenges facing the society and to mould the sentencing system to meet these challenges," the judge said.
The judge refused any leniency to 26-year-old Yamin and Vikas, 24, who are also involved in several other cases of robbery, theft and dacoities, saying any undue sympathy shown to them would harm the justice system.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 each on the convicts while sentencing them for robbing and grievously injuring Braham Dev Singh when he returning home on the night of April 16 last year at an underpass in North West Delhi.
Prosecution said Yamin, Vikas and their juvenile aide had hit the victim due to which he fell down and they attacked him with fist blows and robbed him of Rs 3,500, a mobile phone, an ATM card and several other documents.
The court, in its judgement, said that in the recent past Delhi has experienced a spurt and rise in the incidents of robbery, dacoity, murder and other kinds of crime.
The court said the instances of young persons getting involved in criminal activities of robbing innocents by putting them under threat of death, are also on rise.
"Criminals are unhesitatingly and indiscriminately using dangerous weapons on helpless victims who may or not offer any resistance thereby spreading terror in the society and adversely affecting social order and the faith of people in the system," the judge said.
The convicts sought leniency on the ground that they are young and any harsh view would be detrimental not only to them but also to their families.
The court, however, said the convicts are professional robbers and habitual criminals who have a large number of criminal involvements against them and have also been convicted earlier.