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    Experts from law and law enforcement agencies in Hyderabad discussed the new criminal laws passed by Parliament: ‘Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita-2023, Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita-2023, and Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam-2023′. They believe these laws are a step towards decolonizing outdated British-era laws.

    During a workshop for senior media professionals, speakers emphasized that the new criminal laws mark a significant reform in the country’s criminal justice system. The focus is on justice rather than punishment, with provisions for victim-centric justice and easier filing of FIRs at any police station.

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    The new laws aim to replace 150-year-old British-era laws and improve the criminal justice system. Changes include allowing victims to file FIRs at any police station, punishment for mob lynching, and community service as punishment for minor crimes. These changes are expected to make the criminal justice system more transparent.

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    Former IG of police, Andhra Pradesh E Damodar, highlighted how the new laws will integrate modern technology in the criminal justice system. The process, from filing an FIR to court judgment, could be done online. Timelines have been set to reduce delays in court trials, with only two adjournments allowed.

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    N. Rajashekara, director of CDTI, pointed out key changes in the new criminal laws, such as a focus on victims’ rights, use of technology in the judicial system, and stricter penalties for cybercrimes. The new laws classify financial scams and cybercrimes as ‘organized crime’, leading to harsher penalties.

    Shruti Patil, additional director general of PIB, stated that the new criminal laws aim to make the justice system more accessible, accountable, and credible. These changes are intended to help the justice system meet modern challenges effectively.

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