Didi Slams Draconian Criminal Law Bills:
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee criticized the new criminal law bills as excessively harsh and anti-citizen. She revealed that Trinamul Congress MPs will voice their concerns about the bill’s provisions during parliamentary panel discussions.
Expressing her worries, Banerjee posted on X (formerly Twitter) that she had been reviewing drafts from the Union Home Ministry aimed at replacing the Indian Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure, and Indian Evidence Act. She was shocked to discover that these drafts quietly introduced severe and draconian provisions detrimental to citizens.
She pointed out that while there was a promise to withdraw the Sedition Law, the proposed Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita introduced even more severe and arbitrary measures, potentially affecting citizens more negatively. Banerjee stressed the need to decolonize not only the form but also the spirit of the current Acts, and she encouraged jurists and public activists to carefully study these drafts for democratic contributions to the criminal justice system.
She also mentioned that her parliamentary colleagues would address these concerns during deliberations in the Standing Committee. She emphasized the need for improvements in the laws.