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Union Home Minister Amit Shah Introduces Bills to Replace British-Era Laws, Focusing on Citizen Rights and Justice

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Wednesday, August 16, 2023
Union Home Minister Amit Shah Introduces Bills to Replace British-Era Laws, Focusing on Citizen Rights and Justice
Embracing Change: Amit Shah's Bold Move to Modernize Legal Framework

New Delhi, August 11, 2023: In a significant move, Union Home Minister Amit Shah presented three crucial bills in the Lok Sabha on Friday, marking an endeavor to overhaul and modernize the prevailing legal framework. The proposed bills, namely the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, 2023, the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, 2023, and the Bharatiya Sakshya Bill, 2023, are intended to replace the archaic British-era Indian Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure, and Indian Evidence Act.

Shah emphasized that the laws which are set to be replaced were initially crafted with the primary aim of supporting the British administration, often sidelining justice in favor of punitive measures. "The core focus of the previous laws was to punish rather than ensure justice. By introducing these new legislations, we are committed to safeguarding the rights of every Indian citizen," declared Shah during his address in the Lower House of Parliament.

The proposed laws are now set to undergo a thorough examination as they are referred to a parliamentary panel for comprehensive scrutiny. This process aligns with the government's commitment to fostering transparency, incorporating diverse perspectives, and fine-tuning the bills to cater to the nation's evolving legal needs.

A striking departure from the past, the Home Minister stated that the upcoming laws will emphasize the importance of justice over punitive actions. Shah elucidated, "Our objective is not just to mete out punishment, but to ensure that justice is served. Punitive measures will be administered to foster a sense of deterrence against criminal activities."

In an era where citizens' rights and a fair legal system have become paramount, these bills signify a transformative step towards creating a legal framework that genuinely protects and empowers the Indian populace. By replacing outdated laws that once served colonial interests, the government aims to establish a modern and just legal system that echoes the values and aspirations of a sovereign nation.

As the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, and Bharatiya Sakshya Bill continue their journey through the parliamentary process, the nation watches with anticipation, recognizing the potential these reforms hold in shaping a more equitable and secure society for all citizens.