The direction comes after a PIL was filed in the high court, addressing the growing menace of snatching subjecting the citizens and even foreign tourists, which ensues series of other serious offences such as molestation and murder.
The court also issued notice to Delhi Police and civic bodies and asked them to file their responses by December 14, the next date of hearing.
The court said that this practice can not be allowed at this moment and the government has to keep their house in order.
The court's direction came on a public interest litigation by advocate Prashant Manchanda who sought stringent punishment for those involved in snatchings in Delhi.
Manchanda told the court that chain snatchings in Delhi had recorded a six-fold increase. "On an average, there are 25 snatching cases every day in Delhi due to absence of effective laws and indifference of the police, which books the offenders under trivial provisions of theft instead of robbery or dacoity, even though weapons are used to commit such crimes", the petition said.
The court was apprised as to how the offence of snatching has nearly become endemic, however Delhi Police with a view to burke and minimise the crime rate is either discouraging the victims to refrain from lodging the FIRs or Registering FIRs under trivial section such as 379 and 356 even when hurt is caused instead of Section 392 and 397.
Further, the enactment of new laws in Haryana has constrained such criminals to shift base in Delhi.
It was also apprised to the Court that majority of Public spaces and public parks are bereft of basic securities, lack of vigil, cctv cameras and lightings.Specifically qua public parks prayer was made to beef up security in public parks which act as a safe haven for such criminals and drug addicts.