India's Union Home Minister proposes repeal of Sedition Law

India's Union Home Minister proposes repeal of Sedition Law

"Under this law, we are repealing laws like Sedition." - Home Minister

Amit shah speech in udaipur

In an announcement made in the Lok Sabha, Union Home Minister Amit Shah revealed that a new bill concerning the Indian Penal Code (IPC) will entail the complete repeal of the sedition offense. As part of this legislative effort, Shah introduced three distinct bills in the Lok Sabha. These bills are intended to serve as replacements for the IPC, the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), and the Indian Evidence Act. This move marks a significant step in potential legal reforms, garnering attention for its impact on the legal landscape and freedom of expression in the country.

The Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, 2023, the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, 2023, and the Bharatiya Sakshya Bill, 2023 will be sent to a parliamentary panel for further scrutiny, Mr. Shah said.

Speaking on the three bills in the lower house, Amit Shah said, "Under this law, we are repealing laws like sedition."

"From 1860 to 2023, the country's criminal justice system functioned as per the laws made by the British. With these three laws there will be a major change in the criminal justice system in the country. Under this Bill, we have set the goal that the conviction ratio has to be taken above 90 per cent. That is why, we have brought an important provision that the Sections which provide for 7 years or a greater jail term, under all those cases forensic team's visit to the crime scene will be made compulsory." Amit Shah 

Among the crucial bills introduced, notable provisions include the creation of a fresh penal code addressing incidents of mob lynching, the establishment of a provision for capital punishment in cases of minor rape, and the implementation of a time-bound process for granting approval to initiate legal proceedings against civil servants. These proposed measures signify a focused effort to address and enhance the legal response to critical issues like mob violence, child safety, and accountability of public officials within a specific timeframe. 

Distinct offenses like separatism and engaging in warfare against the nation have been explicitly delineated as separate charges. A new provision has been introduced to enable the trial of fugitive criminals, including individuals like Dawood Ibrahim, even in their absence. It's noteworthy that the offense of sedition, which was previously addressed under Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), is undergoing significant changes as part of these legal amendments.


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