The Maharashtra government on 27 April 2016 decided to increase the punishment for chain snatching up to 5 years of rigorous imprisonment along with a fine of 25000 rupees.
The state Cabinet cleared the amendments to relevant sections of Indian Penal Code sections 379, 397-A (1)(2) and section 379-B along with the CrPC Act-1973, thus increasing the punishment up to five years rigorous imprisonment and 25000 rupees fine, in case of grievous injury to the victim.
The new additional section of 379-A(1) will define chain snatching as a crime and the convict will be sentenced under section 379-A(2), which provides minimum of 2 years and maximum of 5 years rigorous imprisonment.
While, the IPC section 379-B will award rigorous imprisonment of minimum three years and maximum five years and of 25000 rupees, in case of causing grievous injury to the victim or snatching the chain by issuing threat with a weapon.
In a statement, the state government noted that there has been a rise in incidents of chain snatching with a view to earn easy money. The statement also said that the hearing of such cases will be conducted in the court of First Class Judicial Magistrate.
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When: 27 April 2016