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Damage to public property: MHA invites suggestions for stricter law

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has invited suggestions for proposed amendments in the Prevention of Damage to Public Property (PDPP) Act, 1984. The amendments are meant to deter violators from vandalising public or private property during protests. 

Besides, they will deter office-bearers of various organisations from getting involved in such unlawful activities.

The Supreme Court had set up a committee under the chairmanship of former judge KT Thomas to examine the modalities to be incorporated to make the Act more effective and suggest suitable changes that could make the statute more meaningful. 

The committee concluded that the present law was ineffective to deal with the increasing number of cases, relating to public property damage, and made some recommendations for amendment in the Act.

“The ministry has already decided to accept the recommendations of the Justice KT Thomas committee. Suggestions or comments on the proposed Act from the public and other stakeholders are invited before July 20, 2015, through email (dircs1-mha@mha.gov.in.),” ministry sources said.
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