Understanding India's New Criminal Laws


India has enacted three new laws to replace its colonial-era criminal laws, marking a significant shift in its criminal justice system. The Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS) replaces the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita (BNSS) replaces the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), and the Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam (BSA) replaces the Indian Evidence Act. This overhaul aims to create a more victim-centric system, addressing terrorism, hate crimes, and mob lynchings while removing sedition. However, the changes have sparked public concern. What will happen to ongoing cases? Is chaos imminent? Criminal lawyers Tanveer Ahmed Mir and Amit Desai weigh in on the necessity and impact of these changes, questioning the extension of police custody to 90 days, the practicality of end-to-end digitisation, and the readiness of India's infrastructure. Join the conversation on The Morning Brief podcast with host Dia Rekhi!

Credits: ANI NEWS, ThePrint, JollyLLB

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