We have been watching with dismay the political parties in rank
contravention of all merrily defacing property by painting on walls across
Goa while the authorities conveniently look the other way clearly
abdicating their responsibility of enforcing the law.

All these paintings on the walls are an offence under the Goa Prevention of
Defacement of Property Act, 1988.Section 3 of this Act provides:“Whoever
defaces any property in public view by defacing or spitting or urinating or
pasting pamphlets, posters or writing or marking with ink, chalk, paint or
any other material or method except for the purpose of indicating the name
and address of the owner or occupier of such property, shall be punishable
with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or with fine
which may extend to one thousand rupees or with both.”

Property has been defined in Section 2 (f) as under:’property’ includes any
building, hut, monument, statue, water pipe line, public road, structure,
wall including compound wall, tree, fence, post, pole or any other
erection. This means that any property whether public or private is
included and covered by this Act. It is obvious that all those painting on
the walls would be clearly guilty of violating the Law.

Under Section 6 of this Act, the offence is cognizable and therefore, the
Police are duty bound to register the FIR.Since the offence is cognizable,
the Police need to register the offence, arrest the accused persons and
prosecute them. Police cannot refrain from discharging their duty in
accordance with law.

Adv. Aires Rodrigues

C/G-2, Shopping Complex

Ribandar Retreat

Ribandar – Goa – 403006

Mobile No: 9822684372

Office Tel  No: (0832) 2444012

Email: airesrodrigu...@gmail.com

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