In a move to tackle the rising incidents of violence on Delhi roads, the state government is planning to suspend the driving license of those involved in road rage. The government is set to move a proposal seeking to suspend the license of the accused for at least three months.
The move came after Delhi High Court directed the authorities to take preventive steps so that citizens do not indulge in ‘violent behaviour on roads/ streets/ highways of the city’. The court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed by Anubhav Gupta, a final year student of the University of Delhi.
The government has also proposed that the driving license of the offenders should be returned only after they undergo a two-day refresher training course conducted by a government authorised driving school, reports Indian Express.
In a city like Delhi, which is infamous for road rages, cases of violence over flimsy reasons are routinely reported. According to a report by DNA published in 2017, a brutal road rage takes place every five days in the country. In 2016, 75 road rage cases were reported while in 2015 there were 71.
Here is a list of some of the recent cases:
- In April this year, a 34-year-old lawyer was thrashed by a group of men in Connaught Place because he reportedly stared at them. They also hurled abuses at him and took away his wallet, reports The Times of India.
- In February, a Congress Seva Dal worker was shot dead near GT Karnal road after his car brushed another vehicle. The accused reportedly intercepted his car, assaulted him and later shot him on his chest.
- A similar incident happened in Sadar Bazar in February when a man was assaulted after his car brushed past another, reports The Times of India.
- In December last year, a 19-year-old boy was thrashed and run over by three men who had hit his car. The boy suffered fractures on his right leg and nose after the attack, reports Hindustan Times.
- In September 2017, two-motorcycle-borne men were attacked by a man who was reportedly upset over being told to stop smoking. One of the victims died in the attack while the other suffered injuries.