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Government sets in motion process to revamp criminal laws

The new structure and content of criminal laws will be citizen centric, reflect the aspirations of a modern democracy and provide for speedy justice, especially to the weaker sections of society, said an official. The BPRD may undertake review of the laws such as the IPC, CrPC, Indian Evidence Act and the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.

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Dec 05, 2019, 11.45 PM IST
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The BPRD will constitute a suitable working or consultative group and submit a report.
New Delhi: The Union home ministry has asked all state governments to send their suggestions for a major overhaul and recasting of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), officials said on Thursday.

The new structure and content of criminal laws will be citizen centric, reflect the aspirations of a modern democracy and provide for speedy justice, especially to the weaker sections of society, said an official.

The Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) may undertake review of the laws such as the IPC, CrPC, Indian Evidence Act and the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.

The BPRD will constitute a suitable working or consultative group and submit a report.

The laws should reflect the modern reality and the revised laws should be in accordance with democratic aspirations of the people and provide speedy justice to women, children and weaker sections of the people, said another official. The new laws are required to focus on simplifying legal procedures so that ease of living is ensured for the common man, said the official.

Union home minister Amit Shah had recently said in Lucknow that the Centre would soon be making changes in laws related to internal security, including necessary amendments to the IPC and the CrPC.

Minister of state for home G Kishan Reddy had said on Saturday in Hyderabad that the IPC and the CrPC would be amended to expedite trial in grave criminal offences such as rape and murder. He also said the IPC and the CrPC needed to be amended as they were framed during the British rule.
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