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‘Watershed Moment In India’s History’ As PM Modi Hails 3 Criminal Code Bills Replacing Colonial Laws

The passage of three criminal justice legislation on Thursday, which will replace several acts from the colonial era, was welcomed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a historic event in India’s history. He said it signalled the start of a new era with laws focused on welfare and public service.

He stated on X, “Through them, we have also bid goodbye to the outdated sections on sedition,” following Parliament’s approval of the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, and Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam.

The Indian Evidence Act of 1872, the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1898, and the Indian Penal Code of 1860 will all be replaced by these legislation.

“These bills mark the end of colonial-era laws. A new era begins with laws centered on public service and welfare,” the prime minister said.

He added, “These transformative Bills are a testament to India’s commitment to reform. They bring our legal, policing, and investigative systems into the modern era with a focus on technology and forensic science. These bills ensure enhanced protection for the poor, marginalised and vulnerable sections of our society.” These bills, the prime minister said, come down heavily on organised crime, terrorism and such offences which strike at the root of the country’s peaceful journey to progress.

“In our Amrit Kaal, these legal reforms redefine our legal framework to be more relevant and empathy driven,” he said, highlighting speeches by Home Minister Amit Shah in Parliament which, he added, elaborate on the key features of these bills.

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