The Central government has initiated the process for comprehensive amendment of criminal laws – the Indian Penal Code, 1860, the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 and the Indian Evidence Act, 1872 – in consultation with all stakeholders.
About the comprehensive amendment of criminal laws
- The Union Minister of State for Home said that amending criminal laws is a continuous process to make the laws in accordance with contemporary needs and aspirations of people.
- The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs in its 111th, 128th and 146th reports had recommended that there is a need for a comprehensive review of criminal laws of the country.
- The minister said the legislation of such laws is a complex and lengthy exercise given the spectrum of divergent views of stakeholders.
- The entire procedure is a long-drawn out one and no time-limit can be fixed or given for this legislative process.
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