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New criminal laws symbol of India's progress, resilience: BJP

The Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS), Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita (BNSS) and the Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam (BSA) take into account some of the current social realities and modern-day crimes.
Last Updated : 01 July 2024, 09:02 IST

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New Delhi: The BJP on Monday said that the new criminal laws are a symbol of India's progress and resilience, positioning the country for a more just and secure future.

Responding to a question in a press conference, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia said the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Indian Evidence Act, originating from 1860 and 1872, respectively, were outdated and ill-equipped to address contemporary issues.

"Today is a historic day in the annals of our free country, India. An evolving society needs laws that cater to its needs and demands, protecting its rights," he said.

Three new criminal laws came into effect in the country on Monday, bringing far-reaching changes in India's criminal justice system.

The Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS), Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita (BNSS) and the Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam (BSA) take into account some of the current social realities and modern-day crimes.

The new laws replaced the British-era IPC, Code of Criminal Procedure and the Indian Evidence Act, respectively.

Bhatia called the new laws a symbol of India's progress and resilience, positioning the country for a more just and secure future.

Highlighting the comprehensive nature of the new legislation, he underscored several key changes.

"In the earlier laws, terrorism had no definition, making it difficult for the prosecution and the police to file charges or prove a case. The new laws have defined terrorism," Bhatia said.

This clarity, he said will strengthen India's resolve to eradicate terrorism.

Bhatia also emphasised the inclusion of mob lynching as a specific offence with the potential for death penalty.

He also pointed out the special focus on the rights of women and children.

"There is a separate chapter for crimes against women and children, ensuring specificity and deterring criminals from committing these crimes," the BJP spokesperson said.

The new laws also aim to expedite the delivery of justice, he added.

"A judgment, if reserved in criminal cases, has to be delivered within 45 days," Bhatia said.

He pointed out that this provision addresses delays caused by judicial retirements and reconstitution of benches, ensuring timely justice for all.

Addressing broader societal implications, Bhatia said the new laws are symbolic of the fact that a new, resilient India is ready to embrace laws duly enacted by our legislators.

He positioned this legal transformation as part of a larger narrative of national progress and modernisation.

Hitting out at the opposition, Bhatia said, "I am sure they have not even read the three laws, just like they hold the Constitution in their hand but don't care to read it".

He asserted that the entire nation has come forward to embrace and welcome the new criminal laws.

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Published 01 July 2024, 09:02 IST

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