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Welcome sign of change in crime law

Often it comes in the news of ‘murder (or misdemeanor) while going to court on the date of the rape victim,’ the angry criminal shot the witness ‘or the witness pre-deposed for fear of the offender’. The result is that witnesses do not have courage or report is not written for fear of domination even after the rape. Even if the case goes to court, the police do not present the correct evidence and the culprit dupes the society and then gets the courage to commit the crime, while the common people, despite being the victims of crime, stay in the house. This is a terrible situation for any civilized society.

In India, only one accused in three is convicted for serious crimes like murder, attempt to murder, rape or robbery. In rapes, only 25 percent get punished, that is, the rest of them roam around in the society to become bulls. Speaking on the 29th foundation day of the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR & D), Union Home Minister Amit Shah took cognizance of this appalling situation and indicated that changes will be made in the Indian Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code and help the police in crime research. – More and more new techniques of science will be taught. The investigative police will be mandated to use new technology in serious cases under the proposed law.

“The days of confessing crime by adopting third degree methods are over,” Shah said. His motive was quite timely and expected, but the Minister in his speech, between ‘Police Reform’ and ‘Improving Policing’, clearly stated that this change in law is for better policing and not for ‘Police Reform’. Perhaps the political class is not interested in following the Supreme Court’s judgment in the 2006 Prakash Singh case. In that decision, fixed term tenure was fixed for posts ranging from Thanedar to DG and also there was an order to hand over their appointment to several level committees. No state government in power has allowed it to be implemented even after 13 years, as the police have been used to harass the opponents of the ruling class and to protect their criminal ‘servants’. However, the effort of the Home Minister is commendable.