Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita New Criminal Laws in India Under BNS  Times Now

BHARATIYA NYAYA SANHITA

In a major overhaul of the criminal justice system, India embarked on a new chapter with three new criminal laws coming into effect from July 1. The new criminal laws -- The Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS) replaced the Indian Penal Code (IPC); Bharatiya Nagrik Suraksha Sanhita (BNSS) replaced the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), and the Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam (BSA) replaced the Indian Evidence Act.

The new laws aim at providing speedy justice to the people of India. These laws focus on justice rather than punishment. The three laws were passed in parliament in December 2023.

The criminal justice system in India after Independence has not delivered the results because of certain inherent shortcomings including substandard investigation and prosecution, large pendency of criminal cases, delayed court proceedings, delay in disposal of cases, low conviction rate, and a large number of undertrial prisoners.

In this topic page, we will delve into the key provisions of the three new laws and the concerns surrounding them.
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