Aug 11

India looking to overhaul colonial-era laws

India’s government has moved three bills in the lower house of parliament aimed at overhauling some colonial-era criminal laws, ranging from the controversial sedition law to strengthening laws that protect women and minors. Al Jazeera quotes some legal experts as saying that the bills, if approved by parliament, may create disruptions and add complexity to the legal process as courts will have to figure out procedural implications and positions on tens of thousands of existing trials. But those in favour of the changes said they enable fresh discussions on the need to reform several laws protecting females and minors and also add a fresh layer of transparency to criminal codes.