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Draft Reports on Bills replacing Criminal Laws

  • Published
    7th Nov, 2023
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According to the latest update, a Parliamentary committee has adopted its draft reports on three bills that seek to replace "colonial era" penal and criminal codes in some of the provisions but sticking to their Hindi names, ignoring demands from the Opposition.

About the update:

  • A parliamentary committee scrutinising three bills to replace the existing criminal laws will meet on November 6 to adopt draft reports.
  • The committee will also learnt to have demanded inclusion of a gender-neutral adultery law and punitive measures for non-consensual sex between men, women and transgender

New Bills to replace old Codes:

  • Though there were demands from Opposition MPs, the committee did not recommend changing the Hindi names of the bills;
    • The Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita
    • the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita
    • The Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam
  • These bills are to replace Indian Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code and Evidence Act.

The Provision of the New Bills:

  • The panel was of the view that there should be more stringent punishment for deaths caused by negligence than that was prescribed in the bill. It also recommended a reduction in sentence for those convicted of deterring public servants from discharging their duties.
  • The committee is also learnt to have demanded inclusion of a gender-neutral adultery law and punitive measures for non-consensual sex between men, women and transgender people.
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