‘All three proposed criminal laws focus on justice instead of punishment’, Home Minister said on mob lynching

International Lawyers Conference 2023: Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday (September 24), “The three proposed criminal laws are people-centric and have the flavor of Indian soil. Their main objective is to protect the constitutional, human and personal rights of the citizens.” Addressing the International Lawyers Conference organized by the Bar Council of India (BCI), Shah also said that the approach of these three bills is to provide justice rather than punish.

Home Minister Amit Shah appealed to all the lawyers of the country to give suggestions regarding the Indian Judicial Code (BNS-2023), Indian Civil Defense Code (BNSS-2023) and Indian Evidence Act (BSA-2023) so that the country can get the best laws. May it be found and everyone may benefit from it. The three bills introduced in the Lok Sabha on August 11 will replace the Indian Penal Code, 1860, Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 and the Indian Evidence Act, 1872 respectively.

Home Minister explained the purpose of these laws

The Home Minister said, “India’s criminal justice system had the imprint of colonial law. The three new bills do not have a colonial imprint, but have the flavor of Indian soil. The central point of these three proposed laws is the protection of citizens as well as their constitutional and human rights. And individual rights also have to be protected.”

The Home Minister said, “Keeping in mind the demands of the present times, comprehensive changes have been initiated in the criminal laws. These laws are coming with a completely new approach and new system after almost 160 years. Along with this, three initiatives have also been taken by the government to create a law-friendly environment. The first initiative is to create e-Courts, the second initiative is to create Interoperable Criminal Justice System (ICJS) and the third initiative is to add new technology to these three proposed laws.”

New provision added regarding mob lynching

Home Minister Amit Shah said, “With the introduction of three laws and three systems we will be able to eliminate delays in our criminal justice system in less than a decade. The basic objective of the old laws was to strengthen British rule and The purpose was to punish, not to deliver justice. The purpose of these three new laws is to provide justice, not to punish. This is a step towards providing criminal justice.”

According to the Home Minister, many changes have been made in the new laws to promote technology and the definition of documents has been significantly expanded. He said, “Electronic and digital records have been legalized. Messages available on digital devices have been recognized and summons sent through all types of electronic means from SMS to email will also be considered valid. “A new provision regarding mob lynching has been added and the section related to treason has been abolished. The work of legalizing community service will also be done under these new laws.”

Home Minister appealed to lawyers

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said, “I want to appeal to all the lawyers across the country to study all these bills in detail. Your suggestions are very valuable. Send your suggestions to the Union Home Secretary and we will finalize the laws.” Will definitely consider those suggestions before passing the law. Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes that any law can be made right only when there is a whole-hearted discussion with the stakeholders.” He also said that the system of complete justice can be understood only when one studies the laws which touch every part of the society.

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