Kerala Ordinance to prevent damage to private property

Kerala Ordinance to prevent damage to private property


Thiruvananthapuram: In an apparent bid to counter the rebellion unleashed by the Sangh Parivar outfits after the entry of two women between the ages of 10 and 50 at the hill shrine of Sabarimala, the Kerala state cabinet on Monday decided to enforce an ordinance which ensures imprisonment to those who indulge in violence and cause damage to property under the pretext of democratic protests.

The state cabinet has recommended to the Governor to promulgate Kerala prevention of damages to private property and payment of compensation ordinance 2019. It is learnt that the proposed Ordinance has stringent provisions to curb private property destruction.

“The enactment of the new law will reduce damages to property during protest marches, hartals and other forms of strikes. There is already a Central Act which prohibits destruction of public property, but absence of provisions that deals with private property damages were a cause of worry to all ruling dispensations. The new ordinance, therefore will be an exact replica of central legislation” pointed out sources close to the Government.

The provisions for granting bail for accused persons are strict and difficult. For bail, the accused persons have to produce bank guarantee equal to the estimated losses.

The new move of the Government to bring a preventive law seems to be the part of the political decision taken by Left Democratic Front. There was criticism within the CPM rank and file against the Government for its inept handling of BJP struggle.

The United Kingdom (UK) and United States of America(USA) had issued advisories to its citizens regarding the volatile situation prevailing in Kerala. This caused widespread anxiety in the development sector especially in the Tourism sector. This is another reason which compelled the Government for the enactment of new law.