Torturing animals, using agricultural land for illegal purposes and destroying houses can now lead to years of imprisonment and fines of millions of rupees.
The Interior Ministry introduced on Saturday a new draft consisting of stricter punishments for multiple crimes.
According to the draft, destroying or harming agricultural produce will lead to seven years in prison and a fine of Rs1 million. The arrest of the suspect will not require a warrant, it stated.
Any person involved in torturing animals, especially beasts of burden i.e. horses, donkeys, elephants and camels will be punished. Poisoning or killing them will lead to 10 years in jail and a fine of Rs1 million.
The draft said that no one could enter a person’s house without permission. Upon doing so, they will be subjected to a year in prison and Rs100,000 fine. Similarly, destroying a person’s house can now lead to life imprisonment and a fine of Rs1 million.
“All these actions do not require the police to have an arrest warrant,” the draft suggested.