New criminal laws come into force, first case registered

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Three new criminal laws — Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita and the Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam — came into effect across the country on Monday. These laws will replace the colonial-era Indian Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure and the Indian Evidence Act, respectively.

A first FIR (First Information Report), under the new criminal laws, was registered on Monday at Delhi’s Kamla Market Police Station, against a street vendor.

Ahead of the laws coming into force, posters educating people about the new laws were put up at various places, particularly police stations, across the national capital.

Some of the posters, giving out information about the new laws, were seen at the police stations of Connaught Place, Tughlak Road, Tughlaqabad, and many more.

The posters were incorporated with information about laws and what changes they will bring.

The new criminal laws would bring widespread changes in India’s criminal justice system and end colonial-era laws.

The Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita and the Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam will replace the British-era Indian Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure and the Indian Evidence Act, respectively.

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