New Indian Penal Code has become more draconian: Chidambaram – Times of India

New Indian Penal Code has become more draconian: Chidambaram - Times of India

New Delhi: With the President Draupadi Marmu In approving three new criminal justice bills, congressional leaders P Chidambaram New said on Monday Penal Code of India has become “more stringent” and asserted that the incoming government in 2024 should review these laws and remove the “draconian” provisions.
Three new laws – the Bharatiya Naya Sanhita, the Bharatiya Civil Protection Sanhita and the Bharatiya Sakshya Act – replace the colonial-era Indian Penal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure and the Indian Evidence Act, 1872.
In a post on X, former Union Home Minister Chidambaram said, “Just as the Christmas Day celebrations are winding down, we hear the news that the President has given his nod to the trio. Criminal Law Bills
He alleged that the new Indian Penal Code has become “more stringent”.
“If you realize that the code is not used against the poor, the working class and the weaker sections of the people, then the law will become an instrument of oppression against these sections of the people,” Chidambaram said.
“It should be clear that the majority of the prisoners (including those under trial) are poor and belong to the working class and oppressed classes,” he said.
He alleged that the new Criminal Procedure Code contains many provisions which are unconstitutional and violate Articles 19 and 21 of the Constitution.
“It is the poor and oppressed sections of people who will bear the brunt of the new Penal Code and the new Criminal Procedure Code,” he said.
Chidambaram argued that instead of strengthening “due process of law”, the new Criminal Code contains many provisions that severely restrict “freedom” and “personal liberty”.
“The new provisions on arrest and police detention (which can extend detention up to 60 days or 90 days) will only lead to police abuses and custodial torture,” he said.
“One of the first tasks of the incoming government in 2024 will be to review these laws and remove stringent provisions,” Chidambaram said.
Marmo on Monday approved three new criminal justice bills that were passed by Parliament last week.
Union Home Minister responding to the debate on three bills in Parliament Amit Shah He had said that instead of punishing, attention has been paid to deliver justice.
The aim of the three legislations is to completely transform the criminal justice system in the country by defining different offenses and their punishments. It has clearly defined terrorism, decriminalized sedition and introduced a new section titled “Offences against the State”.
The bills were first tabled during the monsoon session of Parliament in August. After several recommendations by the Standing Committee on Home Affairs, the government decided to withdraw the bills and introduced their new draft last week.

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