`No new law required to check road rage cases`

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 14:17

New Delhi: There is no need for a separate
law to punish persons indulging in road rage as existing measures are adequate to deal with such crimes, Home Minister P Chidambaram said in the Rajya Sabha Wednesday.

"We don`t need a separate law to punish crime committed in
road rage....laws are adequate (to deal with them)," he said
during Question Hour.

To a query, he said the government was amending criminal
law to redefine rape and honour killing.

At present, rape under Section 376 of IPC is non-bailable
offence.

A high-powered committee under Home Secretary has
formulated the draft `Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2011` and
"a draft Cabinet note has been circulated to the concerned ministries," he said.

"Unless there is speedy trial, we cannot bring guilty to
book," he said.

Noting that judge-population ratio in India is the
lowest in the world, he said average size of docket with a
judge is greater than most countries. "We must have more
judges, more courts," he said.

Chidambaram said as per information provided by the
National Crime Records Bureau, the number of crime reported
against women has increased from 1.95 lakh in 2008 to 2.13
lakh in 2010.
"A total number of 21,467 cases of rape were reported in
2008, 21,397 cases in 2009 and 22,172 cases in 2010 in the
country," he said.

The Government, he said, attaches highest importance to
the matter of prevention and control of crime against women
and has urged state governments to give more focused attention
towards improving the administration of criminal justice
system.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 14:17

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