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Asaduddin Owaisi: New Criminal Bills Endangering People’s Rights and Civil Liberties

Asaduddin Owaisi, the chairman of AIMIM and a member of parliament from Hyderabad, said on Wednesday that the new criminal legislation poses a danger to people’s rights and civil liberties since it provides the police broad authority to take action against anybody.

During a discussion on the three proposed criminal laws in the Lok Sabha, Owaisi said that the laws are against the country’s ordinary people because, if they become law, their rights would be taken away.

The three redrafted bills, the Bharatiya Nyaya (Second) Sanhita (BNS), the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha (Second) Sanhita (BNSS), and the Bharatiya Sakshya (Second) Bill (BSB), were introduced by Union Home Minister Amit Shah last week. The Lok Sabha debated the bills on Tuesday in order to consider and pass them.

The proposed laws aim to replace the Indian Evidence Act of 1872, the Code of Criminal Procedure Act of 1898, and the Indian Penal Code of 1860, in that order.

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president, Owaisi, said that the BNS had a number of “extremely dangerous” measures.

He said, “The bills’ provisions are a threat to civil liberty and rights,” adding that police now have broad authority to serve as “judge, jury, and executor.”

According to his claims, the proposed measures have changed the definition of sedition and increased its sentence from three years to seven years. Additionally, Owaisi insisted that rape be classified as a gender-neutral offense.

He said that 30% of inmates nationwide and 33% of prisoners in Uttar Pradesh alone are members of the Muslim community and that the new legislation would put the nation’s Muslims, Dalits, and Adivasis in danger.

During the discussion, Nishikant Dubey, a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah for initiating the amendment of the nation’s criminal laws after 163 years, stating that the laws would impact the 130 crore citizens of the country.

He said, “This bill will free the nation from police raj.” Dubey said that every effort was made by Congress and its supporters to delay the legislation’s introduction into Parliament.

In addition to Hindi-speaking and non-Hindi-speaking people, he said that the opposition is now attempting to split the country under the names North and South. He said, “Their opposition to the bills is incorrect.”

Additionally, Dubey attacked the opposition parties for their view that the death penalty ought to be repealed, claiming that the purpose of the laws is to intimidate people into abstaining from crime.

He said, “The three bills have been brought with consideration for Indianness and the Indian ethos.”

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