New criminal laws focus on justice rather than punishment: Tawang SP

TAWANG, Jul 10: In a significant move to help officers concerned to know about the nitty-gritty of the new legal framework of criminal laws, the Tawang District Police on Wednesday had a meeting with the administrative officers and District Medical Officer in the conference hall of DC office here.

The new criminal laws - Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita, Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita and Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam which came into force from July 1 all over the country, have replaced the Code of Criminal Procedure, Indian Penal Code and Indian Evidence Act.

“The new criminal laws are based on Indian thinking and more citizen-centric. The new criminal laws will free people from colonial mindset. These laws focus on justice rather than punishment with its key theme ‘Sab ke Saath Samaan Vyawahar’,” said the Tawang district Superintendent of Police Dorjee Wangdi Thongon as he explained the various new significant and miscellaneous changes in the new laws to the officers present through a power-point presentation.

He also informed the officers about new offences added and provisions of community services as a form of punishment for petty offences.

In his address, Deputy Commissioner Kanki Darang asked the officers to familiarise themselves with the new framework of criminal laws.

He extended his gratitude to the District Police for organising the programme for the administrative officers of the district HQs and Kyidphel circle. Similar programme with the administration of Lungla and Jang sub-divisions had already been conducted, informed the SP.