Delhi BMW hit-and-run: ‘Cow killers get more stringent punishment than errant drivers’

The judge said a copy of the judgment should be sent to the Prime Minister to look into the aspect of inadequate punishment for the offence of causing death by negligence (Section 304 A IPC)

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: July 16, 2017 9:21 am
delhi bmw accident, bmw accident delhi, delhi 2008 bmw accident, bmw accident, delhi news, indian express, indian express news A Delhi court Saturday sentenced Utsav Bhasin, son of a Haryana-based industrialist, to two years in jail for mowing down a motorcyclist with his speeding BMW in 2008 (File Photo)

A Delhi court Saturday sentenced Utsav Bhasin, son of a Haryana-based industrialist, to two years in jail for mowing down a motorcyclist with his speeding BMW in 2008. Pronouncing the quantum of sentence, Additional Sessions Judge Sanjeev Kumar said “cow killers get more stringent punishment than errant drivers”. “Sentence for killing a cow is five or seven, or 14 years, in different states. But in case of death of a person caused by rash or negligent driving, sentence prescribed in law is only two years,” the judge said.

The court also granted statutory bail to Bhasin so that he could file an appeal in the High Court, and asked him to furnish a bail bond of Rs 50,000 with a surety of like amount. The court also directed him to pay compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the victim’s family, and Rs 2 lakh to the other injured man, a journalist, who was riding pillion on the two-wheeler. It also called “unfortunate” the fact that even in the capital, there are no exclusive non-motorised vehicle lanes on most roads.

Referring to statistics of road accidents, the judge said, “I am compelled to observe that India has a disreputable record of road accidents.” He also noted that according to the National Crime Records Bureau, in 2015, 4.64 lakh cases of road accidents were reported in which 1.48 lakh people were killed and 4.82 lakh injured. “Every minute, an accident takes place. Every four minutes, a person dies in an accident. Human life is precious. Road users have a fundamental right to life and liberty, including the right to safety under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. It is the duty of the state to ensure safety of people on roads… it cannot shy away from its duty in any circumstance,” the judge said.

He also referred to a speech by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015, in which he had spoken about being shocked by a road accident in Delhi where the victim lay in a pool of blood for 10 minutes while nobody came to his aid. The judge said a copy of the judgment should be sent to the Prime Minister to look into the aspect of inadequate punishment for the offence of causing death by negligence (Section 304 A IPC).

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    Lal
    Jul 17, 2017 at 8:27 am
    This is routine. Now the guy after bail never enter the jail. The case will be coming for hearing after a decade or two. Since the quantum of punishment is low and justice takes several years or decades, this is an easy method to silence dissent and also for revenge. If you are rich and famous you can escape punishment totally by manipulating the agencies involved. The poor are living at the pleasure of the rich.
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      Parth Garg
      Jul 16, 2017 at 5:43 pm
      Comparing apples with oranges.
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        Antony
        Jul 16, 2017 at 2:49 pm
        Muslims follow double standards. The Malay Muslim community of Malaysia has such jarring double standards, and it’s even more obvious now than ever. The Malay Muslims who get upset when people talk bad about Islam or when Muslims present a version of Islam that is unfamiliar to them are the same Malay Muslims who shout “It’s freedom of speech!” when Muslims belittle other religions or when an Islamic scholar says something that is potentially inflammatory but is parallel to their beliefs. But where were you when Dr Ulil Abshar Abdalla was denied entry into Malaysia in 2014 for supposedly being a deviant? Zakir Naik is notorious for his support of al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden while Ulil was denied entry to “defend Malaysia’s b of Islam” despite wanting to speak against terrorism. What does this say about our b of Islam then?
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          Antony
          Jul 16, 2017 at 2:47 pm
          When Muslims are in majority they butcher minorities. And this time the victim is a former Muslim who is trying to exercise her human right to follow the religion in which she believes -- because she dared to reject the Islamic faith in which she was raised. And remember, Malaysia claims to be a secular state, despite its Muslim majority. A Muslim-born woman who was forced to spend six months in an Islamic rehabilitation center because she wants to live as a Hindu said Friday after her release that she will never return to her original faith. Revathi Masoosai, 29, said officials at the center tried to make her pray as a Muslim, wear a head scarf and eat beef, a practice sacrilege to Hindus. ``Because of their behavior, I loathe Islam even more now,'' she told reporters. ``They say it's a school, but it's actually a prison.'' Her case is one of a growing number of conflicts in Malaysia between religious freedom and state policies that favor Islam, the official faith.
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            Antony
            Jul 16, 2017 at 2:44 pm
            This is what Muslims do when they are in majority. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan came out with a report in 2010 stating that at least 25 Hindu girls are abducted in Pakistan every month.
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              Antony
              Jul 16, 2017 at 2:40 pm
              Mappila Riots or Mappila Outbreaks refers to a series of riots by the Mappila (Moplah) Muslims of Malabar, South India in the 19th century and the early 20th century (c.1836–1921) against native Hindus and the state. Mappilas committed several atrocities against the Hindus during the outbreak. Annie Besant reported that Muslim Mappilas forcibly converted many Hindus and killed or drove away all Hindus who would not apostatise, totalling the driven people to one lakh (100,000).
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                Antony
                Jul 16, 2017 at 2:39 pm
                cution and atrocities on Hindus refers to the religious cution inflicted upon Hindus. It has taken the form of forceful conversions, massacres, demolitions, kidnapping and desecrations of temples, as well as destruction of universities and schools. In modern times, Hindus in the Muslim-majority regions of Kashmir, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and other countries have suffered cution.
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                  Atul Sapre
                  Jul 16, 2017 at 5:13 pm
                  The conversions took place due to the caste system. All historical records show that very few conversions took place by the sword. Desecration of temples is a pre Islamic practice. Every kingdom had a local deity which was destroyed by the conquering army and its own deity pit in its place. The number of Hindu temples have been Buddhist stupas which were destroyed to build temples. In fact the stupidity is that even today half the members of the Bodh Gaya temple are Hindus. This bodh Gaya temple was rescued by the Buddhist from a Hindu monk by Japanese aid. See the bodh Gaya temple act. It was controlled by a Shaivaite mahant. Hindus are no angels
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                  Antony
                  Jul 16, 2017 at 2:36 pm
                  The husband of a Christian woman who was sentenced to death four years ago under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws has pleaded for the country’s president to free his wife and allow her to move to France. Lahore’s high court recently upheld the conviction against Aasia Bibi, who is among the best-known victim of laws that have been internationally condemned. In a public letter, Ashiq Masih said his wife’s only hope was for an official pardon from the president, Mamnoon Hussain.
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                    Atul Sapre
                    Jul 16, 2017 at 5:15 pm
                    The Hindus in India and muslims in Pakistan are equally bigoted. There is little to choose between them. The cow vigilante are terrorist and this govt supports them
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