The cases of sacrilege in Punjab have seen a sudden increase due to which there is a state of unrest. Bringing out the issue in Parliament, AAP leader Raghav Chadha has moved a Suspension of Business Notice under Rule 267 on Tuesday seeking stringent punishment for the offenders. He said that cases of desecration of the holy book have agitated the Sikh community all over the world and there needs to be some action taken to control the problem. He further added that such activities can no longer be tolerated at all.

Raghav Chadha also reiterated various recent incidents that took place in Punjab where Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji was disrespected by some of the miscreants. He stated that punishments under the Indian Penal Code for sacrilege are so lenient due to which there is no fear in the people committing the crime.

CM Punjab Bhagwant Mann in the month of December had a meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah regarding the same. During the meeting he said that according to him the punishment given to sacrilege offenders as per existing provisions of Sections 295 and 295-A in the Indian Penal Code are not at all adequate.

CM Mann also informed that a bill was passed in Punjab Vidhan Sabha which demands the punishment of life imprisonment of the accused who is involved in any case of sacrilege so that no such activity takes place which can hurt the sentiments of a particular community and can disturb peace in the state.

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