‘Goal To Protect People, Not British Interests’: Home Ministry Begins Process To Revamp Indian Penal Code

‘Goal To Protect People, Not British Interests’: Home Ministry Begins Process To Revamp Indian Penal CodeUnion Home Minister Amit Shah (Arun Sharma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) headed by Union Minister Amit Shah is set to revamp the British-designed Indian Penal Code (IPC) which came into force long back in 1860, reports The Hindu.

The present form of the IPC which is primarily based on the mindset of 'master and slave' was structured to protect the interests of the colonial rulers of India, which stands archaic today.

The development comes merely days after Shah had pressed for amending various sections of the IPC and the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), reasoning that their goal is no longer to protect the interests of the British, but to protect the people.

Taking forward the matter in full steam, the MHA has already written to all the States and Union Territories of India, seeking suggestions and inputs to amend several sections of the IPC. Two committees have also been formed to pursue the matter.