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Amit Shah introduces bills transforming India’s justice system: BNS, BNSS, BS Bills replace outdated laws.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

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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 These transformative legislations aim to replace the outdated statutes governing the criminal justice system.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.

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Karnataka Deputy CM alleges BJP plotting Governor’s rule.

Shivakumar vehemently refuted the BJP’s claims, asserting that Karnataka boasts one of the most robust law and order mechanisms in the country.

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In a recent statement, Karnataka‘s Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar has raised concerns over the BJP’s alleged secretive agenda to impose Governor’s rule in the state amidst heightened tensions regarding the law and order situation.

The backdrop to this accusation stems from the BJP’s criticism of the deteriorating law and order scenario in Karnataka following the tragic murder of Neha Hiremath, the daughter of a city civic body councillor, on the premises of her college in Hubballi. The incident has triggered widespread outrage and protests across the state.

Shivakumar vehemently refuted the BJP’s claims, asserting that Karnataka boasts one of the most robust law and order mechanisms in the country. He accused BJP leader R Ashoka of clandestinely plotting to enforce Governor’s rule as part of a political strategy to undermine the current administration.

The tragic incident involved the stabbing death of Neha Hiremath, a 23-year-old Master of Computer Applications (MCA) student and the daughter of Congress Councillor Niranjan Hiremath. The alleged perpetrator, Fayaz Khondunaik, was apprehended by the police following his escape from the crime scene.

The incident has escalated into a political showdown between the ruling Congress and the opposition BJP. While the Congress attempts to portray the incident as a personal tragedy, the BJP has framed it within the context of ‘love jihad,’ further exacerbating the political tensions.

Protests, led by BJP’s student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and other Hindutva-aligned organizations, have erupted across the state, demanding justice and stringent punishment for the accused. This has added fuel to the political fire, with both parties capitalizing on the tragedy to further their respective agendas.

As the situation unfolds, the political landscape in Karnataka remains tense, with accusations and counter-accusations dominating the discourse. The fate of the state’s governance hangs in the balance amidst growing concerns over law and order and the specter of Governor’s rule looms large, intensifying the political turmoil.

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Bengaluru Firm: Rs 1,500 ‘Forest Bathing’ at Cubbon Park – Viral Post

Debate erupts as Trove Experiences offers Rs 1,500 forest bathing in Cubbon Park. Is commercializing Shinrin Yoku ethical? Explore the controversy.

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In Bengaluru, Trove Experiences’ decision to monetize Shinrin Yoku, a revered Japanese practice, has stirred controversy. The offering of guided forest bathing experiences for Rs 1,500 has triggered outcry and ridicule, igniting a fierce debate over the commercialization of a sacred ritual.

Research highlights the benefits of communing with nature, emphasizing its capacity to alleviate anxiety, depression, and uplift mood and self-esteem. Shinrin Yoku, the Japanese art of forest bathing, has long served as an escape from urban chaos, offering a slow, deliberate stroll through wooded areas to soothe modern malaise and restore well-being.

However, criticism has mounted with the introduction of paid guided forest bathing experiences, a novelty in Bengaluru. Trove Experiences’ initiative has sparked a firestorm of debate with its Rs 1,500 forest bathing excursions, conducted not in a forest but at Cubbon Park, where strolling has always been free.

On Trove Experiences’ website, the description of their offering underscores the need for city dwellers to reconnect with nature amidst the stress of urban life. The immersive forest walk promises to leave participants feeling centered and revitalized.

Yet, screenshots of Trove Experiences’ pricing have circulated widely, provoking outrage and mockery. Social media users have derided the notion of paying for a forest bathing experience in a park where grass-touching remains free. The viral post on X has garnered significant attention, with thousands of likes and comments reflecting widespread skepticism and humor.

The controversy surrounding Trove Experiences’ commercialization of Shinrin Yoku underscores broader questions about the ethical boundaries of monetizing sacred practices and the commodification of nature’s healing benefits. As debates continue, the clash between commercial interests and cultural reverence remains unresolved, leaving many to ponder the true essence of Shinrin Yoku amidst the uproar.

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Tejasvi Surya Faces Backlash at Bengaluru Campaign Event

Tejasvi Surya faces criticism at Bengaluru campaign event as investors demand answers on Guru Raghavendra Co-operative Bank scam.

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Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya encountered a turbulent situation during a recent election campaign event in the city. The event, held at the Laxmanrao Imandar auditorium, took an unexpected turn when investors who had suffered losses in the multi-crore scam involving the Guru Raghavendra Sahakara Bank Niyamitha demanded accountability from the parliamentarian.

The investors, visibly frustrated by the delay in compensation for their losses, sought answers from Surya and other leaders present, including Basavanagudi BJP legislator L A Ravi Subramanya. Despite attempts by the leaders to assuage their concerns, the investors remained dissatisfied with the responses provided.

Footage from the event circulated on social media platforms, capturing the moment when Surya was escorted out of the venue by his security personnel. During his exit, he engaged in heated exchanges with some of the investors who approached him with their grievances.

The incident drew attention from various political quarters, with Karnataka Congress seizing the opportunity to criticize Surya’s handling of the situation. The party took to Twitter to highlight the MP’s departure from the event, characterizing it as an escape through an “emergency exit door.”

In response, Surya’s office released a statement accusing Congress workers of disrupting the meeting and attempting to derail the BJP’s campaign efforts. The statement condemned the alleged tactics employed by Congress workers, including pushing and shoving attendees, and emphasized the BJP’s commitment to a positive and development-oriented campaign.

The controversy surrounding the campaign event underscores the ongoing fallout from the Guru Raghavendra Co-operative Bank scam, which came to light in 2020. Despite efforts by regulatory authorities and the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation to mitigate the impact on depositors, many individuals remain uncompensated for their losses.

The Enforcement Directorate’s investigation into the scam revealed instances of fund misappropriation and financial irregularities, leading to the attachment of the bank’s properties worth Rs 159 crore. With over 15,000 depositors yet to receive full compensation, the Karnataka government’s decision to hand over the probe to the CBI reflects the seriousness of the situation.

As the election campaign in Bengaluru South unfolds, the incident involving Tejasvi Surya serves as a reminder of the challenges faced by politicians in addressing the grievances of affected constituents amidst ongoing controversies and political scrutiny.

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