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Centre Replaced Colonial Era Criminal Justice System To Provide Justice To People In Time Bound Manner: Union Mos Arjun Ram Meghwal

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Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for the Ministry of Law and Justice, Arjun Ram Meghwal said that Union Government replaced the colonial era criminal justice system to provide justice to people in a time bound manner.

Speaking at the inaugural session of second Conference titled ‘India’s Progressive Path in the Administration of Criminal Justice System’, at IIT Guwahati on Saturday (18th May 2024) Mr. Meghwal, pointed out the need for changes in the Criminal Justice system, which was initially brought into effect from the perspective of colonial rulers and lacked Indian spirit and ethos. The British coded those laws to punish Indians but the present Government wants to give justice, added  Mr. Meghwal.

The Minister said that the new laws,  Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, 2023; Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, 2023 and the Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam 2023 are people centric and the Union Government adopted these news laws in right time as India is developing in fast pace.

Justice Hrishikesh Roy, Judge, Supreme Court of India speaking on the occasion said that the new laws refocuses more on providing justice rather than punishment.  The Ministry of Law and Justice in association with Government of Assam organises two day-long conference to generate awareness about three news laws, the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, 2023; the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, 2023 and the Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam, 2023 amongst the stakeholders and legal fraternity.

These three new laws to replace the existing criminal laws namely, the Indian Penal Code 1860, the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 and the Indian Evidence Act, 1872. As notified, these new criminal laws are to take effect from 1st July, 2024.

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