Indian Government to increase jail term for rash driving for present 2 years and bailable to 10 years and non-bailable

Finally the Government of India has realized that the only way to discipline road traffic in India is to increase fines drastically or to amplify jail sentences. This is exactly what the Home Minister has asked State Governments to look into. He has put forth a proposal to increase the punishment for causing death due to negligent or rash driving.

Now what is it that has made the Home Minister sit up and take serious note of these lapses on the part of the State Government against rash and negligent drivers who are on the road to kill? Past and recent incidents in the Capital is what has drawn the attention of the authorities to the fact that unless some stringent laws come into being drivers will continue to be negligent and careless while on the road as consequences are lacking in severity.

In May there was a serious case of hit and run in Gurgaon when a speeding BMW killed a pregnant woman while injuring others. Suraj Sherawat was booked, charged for negligent driving but was immediately released on bail. If convicted Sherawat faces a maximum sentence of only two years.

Though figures due to negligent driving have come down in the past three years, it is a well known fact that India ranks highest in number of road accident deaths in the world and the only reason for this is the fact that we are among the few countries where the price you pay is in inverse proportions to the damage caused.

The Government of India has finally taken notice of this fact and has put for the three proposals: One is to increase maximum punishment U/s 304A from 2 to 10 years, making it a non bailable offense and third that if the accused is found to be drunk or under the influence of drugs this sentence should be increased by a further two years.

Mr Mulappally Ramachandran, Minister of State in Home Ministry, told Rajya Sabha, “Since criminal law and criminal procedure are in the Concurrent List in the 7th Schedule of the Constitution, the law commission report has been referred to the state government and Union Territory administrations for their views.”