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On the Truckers’ Protests

Fear of mob violence and harsh working conditions are the root causes of the truckers’ protests.

The provisions related to the crime of hit-and-run in the new legal code known as the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS) have sparked nationwide protests from transporters, truck drivers, and truck owners’ associations. Section 106(2) of the newly enacted BNS, which has sought to replace the colonial-era Indian Penal Code (IPC), aims to deter hit-and-run incidents by imposing harsher penalties. According to the new law, drivers who cause serious accidents and flee the scene can face up to 10 years in jail or a fine of `7 lakh. Earlier, if the police identified someone who fled the scene of a traffic accident, they could be prosecuted under Section 304A of the IPC, which allowed for a maximum punishment of two years in prison.

The union minister of home affairs informed Parliament that those who abandon the scene of the accident after causing a crash and leaving the victims to die will face harsher punishment under the new law. At the same time, those who report the incident to the police and help the injured to get medical attention can expect some leniency. The IPC did not make any distinction of this kind.

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Updated On : 20th Jan, 2024
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