A bill in the Indian parliament has proposed criminalising the possession and trafficking of “magnificently crafted” camping gear.
The bill has been proposed by Congress leader Rajeev Chandrasekhar and proposed by member of Parliament from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The legislation, which is expected to come up for debate on Wednesday, proposes that offences under the Prevention and Control of Atacisms (Preventing and Combating Atrocies) (Act) be framed under the Criminal Procedure Code (CRPC) and that such offences should be punishable with life imprisonment or up to 10 years’ imprisonment.
It would also make it an offence to manufacture, import, export or possess such camping gear or equipment and to provide it to the public.
A total of 16 offences have been framed under this section.
The proposed amendments have already been referred to the Rajya Sabha, where the government is yet to decide whether to take up the bill.
A law professor said the proposed amendments could have been better drafted, with a focus on increasing awareness among the public about the criminalisation of camping gear and other such items.
“The bill is in bad shape.
It could have done better if it had a better focus on criminalising camping gear in general and specifically related to camping gear,” said Sangeeta Khera, professor at the University of Hyderabad Law School.”
In the absence of a law, we can’t see a way of making such a law effective.
We will take up a motion on Wednesday if there is any intention to amend it.”‘
Makes the campers think’It is understood that there are at least four camping gear brands that have become popular in the last few years.
The brand name of the equipment is often the same, as many of them are made in India.
According to the Indian Outdoor Goods Association (IOGA), the popularity of these brands is due to a combination of factors.
The availability of cheaper camping gear has made camping easier, but also has made it more difficult for campers to get their gear checked out by campers.
In the past, the campgrounds would often be full of campers with no idea who had bought their gear, and even those that had bought gear from reputable dealers.
In recent years, some campsites have started offering “campsite bags” or “camping accessories” to help campers check if they are indeed campers and have not been misused.
But it is not just campers who are being penalised.
According the IOGA, camping equipment can be “a vehicle for the exploitation of labour”.
According to Kherab, the law should make it a criminal offence to “fraudulently” use such camping equipment.
The legislation should also prohibit the import of camping equipment, which includes “campers’ tent” tents and “camper’s hammock”.
The bill proposes a maximum punishment of life imprisonment for the offence of “faking camping equipment”.
The provision for the maximum punishment is intended to ensure that the law can be enforced against the guilty, said Chandrasekar.
“This is a huge issue, as it is very difficult to find a campground that will not have a ‘machinery’ or ‘craftsman’ camp and there are campsites that have no such equipment,” said Chandraborty.
The provision has also been designed to make it easier for police to bring cases under the proposed offence.
According to Chandrasebary, the provision is meant to ensure “that the law is enforced” on the ground that it has a deterrent effect on people buying camping gear online or from dealers.