Indore has set a precedent, by deciding to cancel licences of those convicted of crimes against women.
On April 23rd, 2018, a woman was driving her scooter, when two men on a motorcycle allegedly molested her, shouting obscenities. While fending off the attackers, she lost control of her vehicle and suffered multiple injuries. She told the Hindustan Times that the physical scars from the attack don’t measure up to the scars on her soul.
Well, she spoke out on Twitter, and the handle Indore’s Deputy Inspector General asked the woman to contact them. The handle belongs to the city’s Deputy Inspector General.
Could that crime have been prevented, were the men not using a vehicle?
Indore District Administration has come up with a move that they hope will deter crimes against women.
According to the report published in The Times of India, offenders of multiple crimes against women, in Indore, stand to lose their driving licence.
Nishant Warwade, Indore District Collector, told TOI that the driving licences of habitual offenders convicted for crimes like molestation, rape and dowry harassment, will be cancelled to boost road safety.
Under a provision of the Motor Vehicle Act 1988, the licensing authority may take action under Section 19, which allows for disqualification from holding a driving licence or the cancellation of a present one. If the license holder or prospective licence holder is a habitual criminal or drunkard, the licensing authority has the right to act.
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We hope this move by Indore administration helps change the mindset of offenders, thereby reducing the rate of crimes against women.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)