Getting a driving license in the state of Madhya Pradesh has just become tougher. According to a new transport department order, individuals looking for a new driving license in Madhya Pradesh will have to furnish a character certificate.
The decision was taken after the chief minister of the state – Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that the government will not spare any mafias and those who are accused of a crime against women in the state. The same order also says that the driving license of the individuals who are accused of a crime against women will be cancelled.
As per instructions from police training and research institute (PTRI), police headquarter, all regional and district transport officers have been directed to suspend all the driving licenses of the individuals who are accused of a crime against women. The departments will coordinate and exchange information to carry out the new order soon.
The transport minister also gave his statement on the new order. He said that the new move will definitely help to reduce the crime against the women in the state. All the new drivers will have to get a character certificate before they can apply for a fresh driving license.
Police character certificate
A character certificate is provided by the local police station. The certificate ensures that there are no previous criminal cases against the individual. Many institutes and workplaces also require to furnish character certificate. However, this is the first time that a government has made the character certificate a mandatory document to get a driving license in India. While the move will ensure that a lower number of criminals get a driving license in India, many people may get harassed by the cops for the certificate.
Nonetheless, the women rights activists are sceptical on the move. Activist Rolly Shivhare says that even capital punishment failed to reduce the number of rapes with minor girls so the new order is unlikely to have a major impact on the crime rates against women.
The MP government is taking an extra precaution for the women’s safety. In January, CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the authorities are working on a new system for working women. Whenever a woman moves out of her home for work, she will have to register herself at the local police station so tracking can be done easily.
Tightening traffic laws
States and UTs across India are tightening to rules to bring down the road accidents and mishaps. In Maharashtra, police have launched a new drive where they look for offenders in CCTV footage and then send them notice and lodge FIRs against them. Under the new drive, the motorists can be sentenced for six months for driving rashly on the public roads. Mumbai Police have already booked more than 155 motorists under the new drive.
The government of India is also planning to integrate the traffic challans and fines to the insurance amount of the vehicle. The motorists will get points and marks depending on how they drive and the same score will be used when calculating the insurance amount.