Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Sunday, 7 February 2016

ANTI-SPITTING LAW ?



Today's Hindustan Times reports that the Govt of Maharashtra is planning to introduce in the budget session , an ANTI SPITTING LAW , under which , the first time offenders will be fined Rs 1000 and a day's Community Service


For repeat offenders , both , the amount of fine and the duration of Community Service , will increase sharply


Welcoming this initiative , I wonder if the concerned Minister for Health , Shri Deepak Sawant considered the following :

*  Each offence will need to be immediately recorded digitally ( with photo / Aadhar Card No of the offender /
    amount of fine paid and how / place of crime / where that community service was carried out / name of the
   Authority certifying that Community Service , etc ), so that the " History of Repeat Offenses " ( stored in the
   server of the Police Department ) can emerge instantly , on the HAND HELD  OFFENSE  RECORDING  DEVICE of
   the policemen ,as soon as he enters the offender's Aadhar Card Number
   I hope the proposed law does not require every citizen to carry at all times ," MY SPITTING HISTORY CARD ",
   in which , the policemen will make appropriate  entry , during each offence !



*  What if the suspected citizen denies the crime ? Will the law provide for the police officer to collect samples of
    saliva from the ground and from suspect's mouth and send these for DNA matching in a forensic lab ?


*  The honesty / integrity of the police force, so that they will enforce the law without fear or favor and not use it
    as one more source of " Side Income "  !


I am remembered of the time when travelling from Naples to Mumbai in a ship in 1958 , we had a one day stop-over in Karachi

Along with a few friends, I disembarked and went around the city , which I found very clean

Surprised at this unexpected cleanliness , I asked a local person for an explanation

He said :

If the police catches you spitting in public , he will make you pay a fine of Rs 100 and will make you take out your handkerchief and clean up the dirtied place, right there and then .

 If the policeman is found negligent then General Yahyakhan will place him behind the bars without any court case

 That day , I understood the secret of a disciplined society , viz: 

A non-corruptible police force , which would not care a hoot that you are a VIP or a VVIP !


I gather that the NDA government has already repealed some 175 antiquated / obsolete laws

Repeal of another 900 are already passed in Lok Sabha and stuck for Rajya Sabha passing

Another 1000 are in queue !

Let us not enact more and more laws which cannot be implemented / enforced but can be used to harass innocent citizens to make money !

Let us focus on reforms in

*  Police System ( including doubling their salaries ? / freezing new recruitment in police force for 5 years ) 

*  Judicial System ( no postponements or dates / hearing and disposal of cases in single seating )

*  Creating thousands of Lok Adalats to settle minor civil disputes in single hearing ( like arbitration ? )

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hemenparekh.in / blogs

07  Feb  2016

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