India to revamp colonial-era criminal laws to end ‘signs of slavery’

India’s ruling Hindu nationalists have proposed a legislation to remove archaic references to the British monarchy and other ‘signs of slavery’ to protect the constitutional rights of the Indian people.

Home Minister Amit Shah said sweeping amendments would dismantle the draconian laws used by the British when India was ruled by London.

According to Shah, “These laws were made to strengthen the colonial rule, to protect colonial rulers, and the intention was to punish and not give justice … and we are going to change this and the spirit of these new laws will be to protect the constitutional rights of our citizens.”

The ruling BJP party has moved to junk 313 provisions of its three law books to ensure people get justice within three years in India’s overworked courts. A vote is expected later this year.

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