Bangalore : Taking a firm stand, Karnataka has brought acid attacks and sexual offences, including rape, under the ambit of the tough Goonda Act.

The State Legislature passed an amendment to the Goonda Act without any discussion. Under the Goonda Act, an accused may be arrested without warrant and detained up to one year.

Illegal sand mining, quarrying, land grabbing and money laundering have also been included under the amended law — the Karnataka Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Bootleggers, Drug-Offenders, Slum-Grabbers and Video or Audio Pirates Act, 1985 (widely known as Goonda Act).

The government was forced to crack the whip on sexual offences following a public outcry against increasing rapes across the State. The amendment was passed late Monday.

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