Cow slaughter attracts more stringent punishment than negligent driving observes Delhi Judge.
Sanjeev Kumar additional sessions Judge who passed Judgment on the 2008 BMW Hit and run case remarked the disparity between the laws for perpetrators of cattle slaughter related crimes and drivers who kill by their negligence.
“The sentence for killing cow is five, seven or 14 years in different states, but the sentence for causing the death of a human being through rash or negligent driving is only two years.” -PTI
The accused, Utsav Bhasin, 30 son of a Haryana based Industrialist was held culpable for reckless driving, causing harm by one’s own volition and death by carelessness under the IPC sections of 304 A, 338 and 229.
The court also declared a financial compensation for the victim’s family Rs 10 lakh for the deceased and 2 lakh for the Injured.
Bhasin 21, was said to studying BBA in 2008, and was returning home with his friend from movie screening with his BMW car on 11-september night. Bhasin mowed down a motor bike driven by two youth. The victims were identified as Anuj Chauhan and Mrigank Shrivastava, while Anuj succumbed to the injuries, Mrigank was rendered wheel chair bound by multiple fractures in the leg. The incident had took place at Moolchand flyover in South Delhi.
The judge recounted his own observation at the lack of enforcement to stop non-motorized vehicles using dedicated cyclists lanes and footpaths where vehicles were parked forcing pedestrians to walk on roads discounting their safety.
The court decided to forward the copy of the order to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to look at the inadequate quantum of punishment that could be delivered under the section 304 A of IPC.
The court also refereed to the prime ministers 10th address(2015) to nation in his radio programme Maan ki Baat which focused on road safety and said Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas was possible only if the number of victims in road accidents were bought down by the government with adequate measures by improving awareness and enacting more stringent laws for negligent driving.
The family member of the victim who was present at the court during the verdict said he would appeal the judgement in high court against the dropping of a Section 304 /2 of the IPC in the case which would have attracted a more severe charge of culpable homicide with a maximum 10 year imprisonment.
On twitter people where in agreement with the courts observations and took a jibe at ruling dispensation for being focused more towards bovines than at the safety of it’s citizens.
Indian law now—14 years in jail if you kill cow, 2 if you kill people through driving, Judge Sanjeev Kumar concludeshttps://t.co/GFxmCI7yba
— Alfons López Tena (@alfonslopeztena) July 16, 2017
No country for humans, but for cows! https://t.co/v2yB1gGNZg
— Gaurav Pandhi (@GauravPandhi) July 16, 2017
Delhi judge puts on record what we all know: Cow life > Human lifehttps://t.co/z1QlBZt2g9
— Dhrubo Jyoti (@dhrubo127) July 16, 2017