Parliamentary Committee Recommends Retaining Section 377 in Proposed Indian Code of Justice
Parliamentary Committee Recommends Retaining Section 377 in Proposed Indian Code of Justice

 New Delhi: The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs has recommended retaining the provisions of Section 377 of the IPC, which pertain to physical relations with minors and unnatural acts, in the proposed Indian Code of Justice (BNS). The committee also suggested retaining the IPC provision related to adultery by a married woman in the BNS.

The committee has provided various recommendations on other provisions, including those regarding rape, gang rape, and murder. The report on three new bills intended to replace colonial-era criminal laws was submitted to Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday. These bills are set to be introduced in the winter session of Parliament, starting from December 4. The new laws aim to replace the IPC, CrPC, and Evidence Act.

Brij Lal, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs, met Dhankhar in Parliament and submitted a report on the three bills, as per a post on Twitter by the Vice President's Secretariat.

During the monsoon session, Home Minister Amit Shah introduced the Indian Justice Code, Indian Civil Defense Code, and Indian Evidence Act bills in the Lok Sabha on August 11. These bills are brought in to replace the colonial-era criminal laws, namely the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), and Indian Evidence Act.

Shah emphasized that the laws from the colonial period focused on punishment, while the proposed laws prioritize justice. Subsequently, he requested the Speaker to send these bills to the Standing Committee. The Standing Committee on Home Affairs operates under the Rajya Sabha Secretariat, with three months allotted to examine these bills.

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