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India approves death penalty for piracy – Reports

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India’s cabinet has approved a bill that will punish piracy at sea with death penalty or life in prison, local media reported.

The draft law seeks to improve the safety of the nation’s navigation after a rise in attacks on vessels along critical sea routes, official sources told the NDTV television.

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India has reportedly been working since 2017 on boosting maritime patrols on key sea lanes.

Its Navy has been increasingly protecting Indian sea traffic and crews in the Indian Ocean.

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