The Supreme Court Monday urged lawmakers to consider more stringent punishment in cases where rash driving causes death. A bench led by Justice Dipak Misra underlined that a maximum punishment of two years in jail with fine under Section 304A of IPC may not serve the purpose of a law being deterrent, which could be an “imperative” necessity at times.
“The poor feel that their lives are not safe, the pedestrians think of uncertainty and the civilised persons drive in constant fear, but still apprehensive about the obnoxious attitude of the people who project themselves as ‘larger than life’. In such obtaining circumstances, we are bound to observe that lawmakers should scrutinise, re-look and re-visit the sentencing policy in Section 304A, IPC. We say so with immense anguish,” it said.
It noted that India has a disreputable record of road accidents and the growing nonchalant attitude among drivers needed to be curbed. The court stated that people with the means have started harbouring the idea that they can escape a sentence by paying compensation.