The other pandemic: Special criminal laws – Deccan Herald

For decades, we have been told that the necessity of special criminal laws in India arises due to the inefficacy of the ordinary criminal justice legislation we have. We have been told, without elaboration, that the Indian Penal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure, and the Indian Evidence Act, which broadly form the body of general laws that apply to crimes, are inadequate to deal with extraordinary crimes such as terrorism. And following this logic, we have been witness to the enactment of numerous special criminal laws. Often, such laws have been passed in the immediate aftermath of a terror attack, where public support for such measures is at its peak, and the government of the day can use that moment to push through a ‘tough’ law. Read more

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