Hit-and-Run Cases Now Carry 10-Year Jail Sentence Under New Law

NEW DELHI: The enactment of the new penal law, Bharatiya Nyay Sanhita, which now remains only a formality, aims to curb the menace of hit and run accident cases, which annually claim around 50,000 lives. As per the new provision, if any accused causing a fatal crash flees from the site without reporting to authorities, he/she will end up in jail for up to 10 years and pay a fine.

However, experts feel the rules must bring clarity on how an accused or driver informs the authorities considering they may face the risk of people’s anger at accident spots and also to ensure this provision is not misused.

Union home minister Amit Shah told both the Houses of Parliament this week that the government has introduced provision of stricter penalty for people who flee from the spot after causing a road crash and leave victims to die whereas there will be some leniency shown for those who voluntarily inform police and take the injured to hospital. There is no such provision in the Indian Penal Code.

The Bharatiya Nyay Sanhita passed by Parliament has created two categories under “causing death by negligence”. It says whoever causes death by doing any rash or negligent act not amounting to culpable homicide, shall be punished with jail of up to five years and fine. The second part says, whoever causes death by rash and negligent driving not amounting to culpable homicide, and escapes without reporting it to a police officer or a magistrate soon after the incident, shall be punished with up to 10-year imprisonment and fine.

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