Court concerned over deteriorating law and order
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Last Updated: Monday, August 08, 2011, 16:15
New Delhi: A Delhi court has expressed concern over deteriorating law and order in the country while sentencing two youths to seven years in prison for robbing a man of his wallet and other valuables.

"Law and order situation has been deteriorating in the country. Instances of young persons getting involved in criminal activities like robbing innocent persons by putting them under threat of death, are also on the rise," Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau said.

"The criminals are unhesitatingly and indiscriminately using dangerous arms on helpless victims who may or not offer any resistance, thereby, spreading terror in the society and affecting social order and the faith of people in the system," the court said in a recent order.

The judge also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 each on the two convicts - Harish Kumar Arora and Kuldeep, both in their early twenties, while rejecting their plea of leniency, saying it would erode the deterrence against such crimes.

"No leniency can be shown to persons who have no respect for the law. Anyone who does not hesitate to take the law in his hands for pure monetary reasons does not deserve any leniency," the judge said.

Lau said if a lenient view is taken towards those who take law in their hands for monetary benefits, then "leniency would be misused".


First Published: Monday, August 08, 2011, 16:15

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