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Another Act Of Haste?

A disruptive change, which will affect nearly every single Indian citizen, which will be executed without any serious public consultation, is planned by a few men sitting in Delhi and is likely to cause maximum harm to the poor and the vulnerable.

Explained: Why the Union govt’s panel for criminal law reform is being opposed

The Ministry of Home Affairs in May 2020 set up a National Level Committee to mull reforms to the existing criminal laws in India, namely the Indian Penal Code, 1860, The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, and the Indian Evidence Act, 1872. The committee has also invited recommendations from experts in the field of substantive and procedural criminal laws through an online consultation mechanism, and the process for this consultation is open till October 9.

Criminal Law Reforms Awareness Project

A large group of Indian and international legal experts along with members of civil society have come up with a website to create awareness about the criminal law reforms, which are proposed to be brought about by a committee set up under the Ministry of Home Affairs. This website aims to collate and disseminate information and commentary on the committee.

Dangerous Haste to Reform Criminal Law

The Committee for Reforms in Criminal Laws has adopted measures that raise serious concern about its rigour, and its haste to rush through its mandate will have long-lasting consequences for the criminal justice system.

A Controversial ‘All-Male’ Committee To Reform Our Criminal Law System: Why Is This Problematic?

Just during the time of the release of the New Education Policy, and a problematic draft of the Environmental Impact Assessment, the Ministry of Home Affairs, had constituted a committee—first announced in December 2019, later started functioning from the month of July 2020—consisting of five male legal academicians at the National Law University, Delhi, for the purpose of looking into reforms specifically pertaining to the Criminal Law System.

How Not To Reform Criminal Law

The need for the reform in criminal laws stems from the fact that the existing laws reflect the socio-political beliefs and legal discourse of a bygone era, raising concerns about its “contemporary relevance”. “It is gravely unfortunate that these outdated principles have been replicated even in several subsequent special legislations that have been modelled on these statutes".

Muscular law reform in times of a pandemic: Pratiksha Baxi

In May 2020, the Ministry of Home Affairs constituted a Committee to recommend reforms in criminal laws in India with NLU Delhi. The National Level Committee for Reforms in Criminal Laws (henceforth, the NLUD Committee) is to review and recommend changes to the Indian Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code and the Indian Evidence Act in 90 odd days.

As government tasks panel to suggest law reforms, jurists see red

Amidst the pandemic, India is in the process of a fundamental shift in its criminal jurisprudence. A five-member committee has been formed to take up the mission of suggesting drastic changes in the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) as well the Indian Evidence Act – the three major pillars of India’s criminal law.

A closer look at the new Criminal Law Reforms Committee

The Ministry of Home Affairs has commissioned a Committee for Reforms in Criminal Laws in May, to “recommend reforms in the criminal laws of the country in a principled, effective, and efficient manner which ensures the safety and security of the individual, the community and the nation; and which prioritises the constitutional values of justice, dignity and the inherent worth of the individual.”

ಕ್ರಿಮಿನಲ್ ಕಾನೂನುಗಳನ್ನು ಬದಲಿಸಲು ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಸಮಿತಿ; ಅಬ್ಜೆಕ್ಶನ್, ಮೈ ಲಾರ್ಡ್

ಕೆಲವು ವಾರಗಳ ಹಿಂದೆ, ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಸದ್ಯದ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಾತನಾಡುತ್ತಾ, ಖ್ಯಾತ ಸಾಹಿತಿ ಹಾಗು ವಕೀಲರಾದ ಭಾನು ಮುಷ್ತಾಕ್ ಅವರು, ಜನ ಸಂಕಷ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿರುವಾಗ, ರಾಜ್ಯ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಬಲಶಾಲಿ ಶಕ್ತಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಅನುಕೂಲವಾಗುವ ‘ಸುಗ್ರೀವಾಜ್ಞೆಗಳ ಸುಗ್ಗಿ’ಗೆ ಮುಂದಾಗಿರುವುದನ್ನು ಖಂಡಿಸಿದರು. ಕೋವಿಡ್ ಸಮಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾನೂನುಗಳನ್ನು ತಿದ್ದುಪಡಿ ಮಾಡಿ, ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯನ್ನು ಸಂವಿಧಾನದಿಂದ ದೂರ ಮಾಡಿದ ರಾಜ್ಯ ಸರ್ಕಾರ, ತನ್ನ ಸ್ವಇಚ್ಛೆಯಿಂದ ಇದನ್ನು ಮಾಡಲಿಲ್ಲ, ಬದಲಿಗೆ ದಿಲ್ಲಿಯ ಒತ್ತಡದಿಂದ ಮಾಡಿತ್ತು.

What Is At Stake In India’s Criminal Law Reforms Consultation?

India’s criminal laws are set to see a complete overhaul. Tasked with the review is a five-member committee, appointed by the Ministry of Home Affairs. Within a few weeks of this announcement, the government-appointed panel ran into controversy with a number of senior lawyers, judges and academicians questioning its composition, process and approach.

Controversy Dogs Reform Of 160-Yr-Old Criminal Law

A five-member, all-male committee constituted in May 2020 to examine India’s criminal laws, some of which hark back to British colonial rule, has run into a wall of criticism, with three public statements and letters by eminent jurists, lawyers, academics and civil society organisations (CSOs) against it.

Guest Post: Re-Form the Criminal Laws Committee

In July, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) constituted the Committee for Reforms in Criminal Law to undo the “colonial foundations of our criminal law”. The precise mandate of the Committee has not been put into the public domain, but it is apparent that the Committee aims to recommend an overhaul of the Indian criminal justice system.

Criminal law reforms: Arbitrary panel, ad hoc process, inherent biases

The ‘Committee for Reforms in Criminal Law’, set up by the Union Home Ministry at the National Law University-Delhi has been widely criticised by the legal fraternity for, among other things, being unrepresentative by excluding criminal and constitutional lawyers, women, members of the minority community and members of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.