Lucknow, Feb 7: Cow slaughter, sexual exploitation and child labour will now be tried under the UP Goonda Control Act of 1970, an official said on Saturday.
The new law comes into affect after Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik gave his consent to amendments in the act.
Under the new provisions, illegal transport and smuggling and cow slaughter would now invite the dreaded Goonda Act, the official said. Child labour, felling of green trees, sexual exploitation and human trafficking will also be tried under the same law.
Earlier these crimes were treated as cognizable offences where a police officer has the authority to make an arrest without a warrant.
As per the definition of the Act, "a ‘Goonda' has been defined as a person, who either by himself or as a member or leader of a gang, habitually commits or attempts to commit, or abets the commission of an offence punishable under Section 153 (provocation with intent to cause riot) of IPC or has been convicted for an offence punishable under the Suppression of Immoral Traffic in Women and Girls Act, 1956," says reports.
(With agency inputs)