New Criminal laws replace outdated colonial legislation: Union Ministers

Chennai, June 23 (UNI) Union Minister of State (I/C) Ministry of Law and Justice Arjun Ram Meghwal and Minister of State of Information and Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs L Murugan on Sunday said new Criminal laws enacted by the Centre have replaced outdated colonial legislation.

They were speaking at a day-long conference organised by the Department of Legal Affairs, Ministry of Law and Justice, on the theme of ‘India’s Progressive Path in the Administration of Criminal Justice System’ at Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) Campus, Chennai.

Tamil Nadu Governor R.N Ravi is the chief guest at the valedictory event.

Mr Arjun Ram Meghwal said there was a need for writing and understanding the correct legal history of the nation as the history of our legal system was written from the perspective of the colonial rulers.

He set out the historic background of the evolution of legal system particularly the criminal justice under the British from the Battle of Plassey in 1757, introduction of laws like Doctrine of Lapse, Codification of laws etc. to suit and perpetuate Colonial rule.

Emphasising on how the laws in India made during the colonial times ignored the Indian ethos and societal realities of the then India and were based on furthering the needs of the colonial rulers, he cited the example of how Irish Penal Code was mindlessly copied, and introduced in India oblivious of realities prevailing in the then India.

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