In a significant development, the legal landscape in India has witnessed a major overhaul with the introduction of the Bharatiya Nyay Sanhita (BNS), replacing the age-old Indian Penal Code. One of the key aspects of this new law is its stringent measures against hit-and-run incidents, signaling a significant shift toward more severe consequences for offenders.
Hit And Run New Law
Under the provisions of the Bharatiya Nyay Sanhita, drivers involved in serious road accidents caused by negligent driving, who then attempted to flee the scene without notifying the authorities, could now face severe penalties. The law outlines two distinct categories under the charge of “causing death by negligence,” each carrying its own set of consequences.
The first category deals with instances where death is caused through a rash or negligent act that does not amount to culpable homicide. Offenders falling under this category may face imprisonment for up to five years, coupled with a monetary fine. The second category focuses on causing death through rash and negligent driving, not amounting to culpable homicide. In such cases, individuals who fail to promptly report the incident to a police officer or magistrate could face imprisonment for up to 10 years, along with a substantial fine ranging from 5 to 7 lakh.
This stringent approach marks a departure from the previous legal framework, where individuals accused in hit-and-run cases were tried under Section 304A of the Indian Penal Code. Under the previous provisions, offenders faced penalties of up to two years in jail upon identification. The new Bharatiya Nyay Sanhita brings about a paradigm shift by significantly escalating the consequences for hit-and-run offenses.
Truck, bus drivers’ protest against new hit-and-run law
The introduction of this law has stirred a mix of reactions from various quarters. On one hand, there is widespread support for the strict measures, with many viewing it as a necessary step to ensure accountability and deterrence. Advocates argue that such robust legislation is crucial to addressing the rising menace of hit-and-run incidents, which often result in tragic consequences for innocent victims.
However, not everyone is in favor of these stringent measures. Transporters such as truck drivers, bus drivers, and farmer organizations have strongly criticized the new law, expressing concerns over its potential impact on their operations. The demand for an immediate repeal of the law reflects the apprehensions within these groups about the financial burden that could be imposed due to the hefty fines outlined in the legislation.
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The opposition to the law has even taken a practical turn, with an association of petrol pump dealers in Maharashtra issuing a warning. They have cautioned that if the concerns raised by transporters are not addressed promptly, it could lead to protests that may disrupt the supply chain, potentially causing fuel shortages.
The introduction of the Bharatiya Nyay Sanhita marks a significant milestone in the Indian legal system, particularly in addressing hit-and-run offenses. While the law is applauded for its commitment to stricter consequences, it is not without its share of criticism. The clash of opinions reflects the broader challenge of striking a balance between ensuring justice for victims and addressing the concerns of various stakeholders. As this new legal framework takes root, it remains to be seen how effectively it can navigate these complexities and contribute to making Indian roads safer for all.