The Bar Council of Delhi Chairman Advocate K.C. Mittal has written a letter to Home Minister Amit Shah for formation of a Committee for reforms in Criminal Law.
He said, “the unending rape crimes, Nirbhaya and many more, every day, reported from different parts of the country, curiously raising questions about credibility of Common Law System of administration of Criminal Justice system, inherited from the British Colonial Rulers.”
“Vulnerable sections of the society like women, children and weaker sections suffer, since the system has failed to live up to people’s expectations. Innocent girl child, are easily trapped and made victims, which is horrific and outrageous, but worst when existing laws fail to prevent such crimes or convict such offender. Public debates do not help to deter offenders nor reduce crime. No doubt, substantial legislative amendments were carried out after Nirbhaya’s incident, but proved inconsequential to reduce crime,” he said.
He draws attention towards to the Justice Malimath Commission report which has extensively examined various aspects of criminal law and made recommendations long back but no final decision was taken on the recommendations. It’s high time when the Government must take a call to revamp or change the system drastically, he said.
He further said, “that the legal community in India has many well experienced experts in Criminal law and by virtue of their dealing with criminal cases extensively, they can help the government for bringing a better system and suggest suitable amendments. During the court proceedings and discussion among the legal community, we notice many loopholes and lapses in the laws, which is a cause for delay in dispensation of Justice and if, all such points are examined thoroughly with the help of legal community during drafting or amending the law comprehensively, it will be very helpful.”
Read the letter here;
-India Legal Bureau
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