MHA seeks suggestions from states for overhaul in criminal laws

Union Home Ministry has asked all State Governments to send their suggestions for a major overhaul and recasting of the Indian Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code.

Sources said, the new structure and content of criminal laws will be citizen-centric and will reflect the aspirations of modern democracy and provide for speedy justice, especially to the weaker sections of society.

The Bureau of Police Research and Development may undertake a review of the laws such as the IPC, CrPC, Indian Evidence Act and the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.

The BPRD will constitute a suitable working or consultative group and submit a report.

The laws should reflect the modern reality and the revised laws should be in accordance with the democratic aspirations of the people and provide speedy justice to women, children and weaker sections of the people.

The new laws are required to focus on simplifying legal procedures so that ease of living is ensured for the common man.