Hyderabad: Three minors were sent to a juvenile observation home on the charges of causing death to a pedestrian in an accident while they were triple riding.
The accident occurred in front of a Blue Dart office, on the Bachupally to Nizampet road on 24 September 2020.
According to the police, the three boys were driving at a high speed towards Nizampet on a scooty when they hit Adapa Venkata Babji, 55, a security guard at the Blue Dart office, while he was crossing the road. He sustained severe bleeding injuries on his head and died while being shifted to a hospital. This amounts to culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
The police clearly established that the boys were going at a very high speed and the driver did not have any valid driving license.
On 30 December, the minors were produced before the Juvenile Justice Board where they were ordered to be sent to the government observation Home for Boys in the city. The owner of the vehicle, the mother of the boy who drove the vehicle, will also be prosecuted for allowing an unauthorised person to drive her vehicle. This is not only an offence under the MV Act, 1988 but also amounts to abetment to homicide as per the provisions of the IPC.
The deceased and his family had migrated to the city for livelihood. He is survived by his wife and two children who are struggling to lead their lives now.
On the other side, the three families of the juveniles were also shattered as the children have to face the legal consequences for their actions.
The charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder are being levied against persons who cause fatal accidents by driving under the influence of alcohol, or by jumping signal lights, or driving in the opposite direction or when driving without a DL, or if it is a minor driving the vehicle. The maximum punishment for this crime is up to 10 years of imprisonment.
Many parents allow their minor children to drive vehicles even after knowing that it is illegal. The minors would not only become vulnerable to road accidents themselves but also pose a serious threat to the safety of other road users as they do not possess any knowledge or skill of driving or awareness of road rules. It is the duty of the parents to educate their children on traffic rules and always ensure that they follow them scrupulously. Otherwise, they will face stringent legal consequences.