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Thursday, February 22, 2024

New legal system for Bharat: By India, for India and of India

“New legal system for Bharat: By India, for India and of India”, First Post, January 9, 2024:

“The penal code in India was primarily governed by the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which was enacted in 1860 during British colonial rule. While the IPC had been amended multiple times, the basic structure remained colonial and treated people as subjects of colonial power rather than citizens of a free democratic nation. Besides, IPC had become woefully outdated in addressing contemporary challenges and complexities of society.

Due to significant technological, cultural, and social changes, new types of crimes and legal issues emerged that were not adequately covered by the existing penal code. We also needed a more gender-sensitive legal framework to deal with gender-based crimes. The legal system had to be made more efficient and accessible to the most disadvantaged sections of society.

Keeping this in mind, the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita Bill, Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, and Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam, 2023, were introduced to replace the Indian Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code, and Evidence Act, respectively…..”

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