Mah govt proposes changes in IPC to punish attackers

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Mumbai, Oct 8 (UNI) Maharashtra government today resolved to recommend changes in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) suitably to punish people, who attack press establishments, hospitals and offices of medical professionals.

The state Cabinet would recommend the changes in the IPC to the Central government and after their approval would enact it into a law. After increase in the incidents of attacks on press as well as doctors, Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil had declared that the government would protect press and doctors from such attacks.

The proposed changes in the IPC 427(A) would punish such attackers with upto five years of imprisonment.

Also government recommended changes in the IPC to amend definition of wife, to include a person in a live-in relationship.

The Union government had appointed Justice Mallimath Committee to look into the changes of the IPC. The committee has recommended inclusion of live-in relationships, so as to give alimony to the female in case of separation.

In another decision, the Cabinet today made it compulsory to private small power plants based on irrigation projects to sell all the electricity in the Maharashtra state only.

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