This year, a total of 1,000 people involved in various criminal activities including murder and theft, have been jailed under the Act, reports said, quoting Chennai police officers.
By invoking the Goondas Act on repeated offenders, police officials say they have been able to curb crime to a large extent. A senior police officer said the Goondas Act was being invoked on people against whom several cases had been registered.
Meanwhile recently, online prostitution that thrives under the guise of ‘escort services’ in several parts of Tamil Nadu has been contained, and key traffickers have been detained under Goondas Act, the state government has told the Madras high court.
The report was filed in response to a PIL from Y Akbar Ahamad of Royapettah alleging that obscene pictures of women and children were being displayed on “Locanto” website.
The report said the rescued victims of commercial sex practices were rehabilitated and traffickers sent for remand. Notorious traffickers were detained under Goondas Act.
It also told the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice R Mahadevan that between 2013 and July 2016, a total of 1,676 cases had been registered, and 3,501 traffickers had been arrested.