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Amit Shah’s Bills to Transform Criminal Justice, Mob Lynching Now a Capital Offense.

Amit Shah introduces bills transforming India’s justice system: BNS, BNSS, BS Bills replace outdated laws. Punishment aims for justice.



Amit Shah's Bills to Transform Criminal Justice, Mob Lynching Now a Capital Offense.

New Delhi: Union Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah has introduced three groundbreaking bills in the Lok Sabha. These transformative legislations aim to replace the outdated statutes governing the criminal justice system. The bills unveiled by Minister Amit Shah are the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS) Bill, 2023; the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita (BNSS) Bill, 2023; and the Bharatiya Sakshya (BS) Bill, 2023. These bills are poised to replace the archaic Indian Penal Code of 1860, Criminal Procedure Act of 1898, and the Indian Evidence Act of 1872, respectively.

Minister Amit Shah expressed his conviction during the bill introductions, stating, “I assure the esteemed House that these bills will bring about a profound transformation in our criminal justice system. Our objective is not just punitive measures, but the delivery of justice itself. Punishment will be employed to foster a deterrent against criminal activities.”

Outlined below are key highlights of the three introduced bills:

Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS) Bill, 2023

The BNS Bill is designed to supplant the antiquated Indian Penal Code (1860). It seeks to prioritize cases involving women, children, murder, and offenses against the State.

For the rape of a minor under twelve years of age, the prescribed punishment entails a minimum imprisonment of twenty years, extendable to life imprisonment or even capital punishment. The bill also mandates stringent sentences for various forms of gang rape, with either a twenty-year prison term or life imprisonment.

Notably, the bill introduces capital punishment for mob lynching incidents based on factors like race, caste, religion, etc. The provision states that individuals engaged in group murders for these reasons shall face the death penalty, life imprisonment, or a minimum seven-year imprisonment term.

Sedition laws have been revisited, with the term “sedition” being replaced by “Section 150 for acts endangering sovereignty, unity, and integrity of India.” The bill makes the definition more comprehensive, encompassing actions that incite secession, rebellion, or activities that challenge the nation’s sovereignty.

Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita (BNSS) Bill, 2023

The BNSS Bill aims to replace the existing Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), streamlining and enhancing the justice delivery process. It introduces clear timelines for investigations and grants citizens involved in cases access to First Information Reports (FIRs).

A crucial provision mandates the Magistrate to provide the accused and the victim (if represented by an advocate) with a free copy of the FIR within fourteen days of the accused’s appearance.

Additionally, the bill introduces the concept of “zero FIR,” allowing any police station across the country to accept and initiate a complaint. Subsequently, the complaint is transferred to the relevant jurisdiction within 15 days.

The bill also mandates summary trials for minor offenses and incorporates the use of electronic means for examining accused individuals, such as through video conferencing.

Bharatiya Sakshya (BS) Bill, 2023

Replacing the outdated Indian Evidence Act of 1872, the BS Bill acknowledges the technological advancements of recent decades. The legislation validates the admissibility of electronic or digital records as evidence, granting them the same legal standing as physical records.

The scope of secondary evidence has been expanded to encompass copies produced through mechanical processes, counterparts of documents, and oral accounts of document contents by individuals who have seen them.

Minister Amit Shah has urged Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to refer these groundbreaking bills to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs for thorough examination and evaluation. The introduction of these bills marks a transformative step toward a more just and efficient criminal justice system in India.


Jaipur Communal Tensions Following Biker’s Tragic Death

Biker fatally beaten in confrontation after motorcycle accident, succumbing to injuries.



Jaipur Communal Tensions Following Biker's Tragic Death
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Jaipur, Rajasthan: Communal tensions flared up in the Ramganj area and its vicinity in Jaipur, Rajasthan on Saturday, stemming from a tragic incident involving a motorcycle collision that led to a man’s demise.

According to the police, the unfortunate incident occurred at the Subhash Chowk locality in Jaipur. It was reported that after a collision between two motorcycles, a group of men allegedly assaulted one of the riders, resulting in his untimely death.

Late on Friday night, the collision transpired within the Subhash Chowk area, whereupon a group of men accompanying one of the motorcycle riders reportedly subjected the other rider, identified as Iqbal, to a brutal assault. Iqbal sustained severe injuries and was promptly rushed to the SMS Hospital. Tragically, he succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical treatment.

In the aftermath of this distressing incident, numerous shops in the predominantly Muslim-populated areas have been shuttered. Family members of the deceased, along with local residents, have congregated and are now demanding justice and punitive action against those responsible for the attack, as reported by PTI.

To quell the escalating tensions, additional police forces have been deployed in the region, and concerted efforts are underway to defuse the volatile situation, according to statements from the police to PTI.

A purported video of the incident has surfaced on social media platforms, although its authenticity cannot be independently verified at this time.

In a significant development, six individuals have been apprehended in connection with the case. Additionally, authorities have announced compensatory measures for the family of the deceased, as reported by India Today. The publication quoted the Jaipur Administration as stating, “A compensation of Rs 50 lakh, along with employment opportunities and a dairy booth, has been announced for Iqbal’s family. According to police sources, six individuals have been detained in connection with the case.”

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Father of Ujjain Rape Suspect Calls for Son’s Execution

People who didn’t aid the raped, injured, and naked 12-year-old girl may face child sex abuse law charges, A senior officer of the state police said.



Father of Ujjain Rape Suspect Calls for Son's Execution
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Ujjain: The father of the man arrested in connection with the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl in Ujjain on Friday has called for his son to receive the death penalty. Meanwhile, the local bar association has appealed to lawyers not to defend the accused in court. The victim, a 12-year-old girl, was discovered walking on the city streets in a wounded condition, desperately seeking assistance from passersby who unfortunately turned her away.

The injured girl is currently receiving treatment at the Government Maharaja Tukojirao Holkar Women’s Hospital in Indore, where she underwent a major surgical procedure on Wednesday. A senior state police official has indicated that individuals who failed to assist the young girl when she went from door to door seeking help after the assault, which left her naked and bleeding, could potentially face charges under child sexual abuse laws. Such individuals may be charged under the POCSO Act for failing to report or register the commission of a crime, according to an NDTV report.

Bharat Soni, an auto-rickshaw driver, was taken into custody in connection with the case on Thursday. His father expressed his deep shame over the incident, stating, “It is a disgraceful act. I have not visited the hospital to see him, nor will I go to the police station or court. My son has committed a crime, and he should face the ultimate punishment, which is hanging,” as he conveyed his sentiments to reporters. It should be noted that Soni sustained injuries while allegedly attempting to flee during the investigation, according to the police’s statement on Thursday.

The Congress party has criticized the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh, where assembly elections are scheduled by year-end. Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate alleged that the state’s law-and-order situation had significantly deteriorated under the leadership of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

“In Madhya Pradesh, being a Dalit, tribal, or woman has seemingly become a crime. The state ranks highest in cases of minor rape. During Chouhan’s 18-year tenure, there have been 58,000 reported rape cases and 68,000 reported kidnapping cases. Yet, the country’s prime minister, home minister, and all BJP leaders remain conspicuously silent,” Shrinate conveyed to reporters in Delhi.

The distressing incident, captured by a CCTV camera, depicts the 12-year-old girl, partially undressed and bleeding following the assault, desperately seeking assistance from neighbors who callously refused her aid. Furthermore, in a shocking display of heartlessness, one individual can be seen shooing her away as she approaches him for help.

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Mob’s Bid to Enter CM N Biren Singh’s House in Imphal East, Manipur

Protests and clashes escalate in Imphal’s Manipur following tragic youth deaths; curfew reinstated in two districts.



Mob's Bid to Enter CM N Biren Singh's House in Imphal East, Manipur

Imphal: Tensions flared in Manipur as an enraged crowd, numbering in the hundreds, gathered outside the private residence of Chief Minister N Biren Singh in the Heingang area of Imphal East. Security forces successfully prevented their attempt to breach the premises, according to PTI sources. Notably, the residence was unoccupied at the time of the incident.

Earlier, the district magistrate of Imphal East had announced a temporary relaxation of movement restrictions, allowing for a window between 5 am and 11 am on Friday for the entire district. However, this relaxation coincided with a fresh outbreak of violence in the Imphal Valley, stemming from the tragic deaths of two youths whose images had triggered widespread protests across the northeastern state.

The parents of the deceased youths had appealed to the authorities to locate their children’s remains, underscoring the importance of conducting their final rites with the dignity they deserved. Subsequently, protests erupted, mainly led by students, in various areas of the state capital, including Uripok, Yaiskul, Sagolband, and Tera. The clashes between protesters and security personnel prompted the use of tear gas shells to maintain order.

To impede the advance of security forces into residential areas, demonstrators obstructed roads with burning tires, boulders, and iron pipes. Additionally, an enraged mob vandalized the District Commissioner’s office and set two vehicles on fire. In a separate incident, a BJP office in Khongjam, Thoubal district, was also set ablaze, as reported by the police.

Subsequently, curfew was reinstated in both Imphal East and West districts as security forces grappled with the ongoing violent protests, which had resulted in injuries to 65 demonstrators since Tuesday. Police initiated a search operation to recover stolen firearms and apprehend those responsible for the disturbances.

The Manipur Police issued a statement asserting their commitment to taking stern action against individuals involved in criminal activities.

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