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Legal Series;Expert Views; Changes in Laws brought by the Modi Government: Part-II

  • Posted on December 26, 2022
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  • By Akta Yadav
Changes in Law :-
In the last article of this series, we dealt with 4 major changes in law, i.e., integration of Jammu and Kashmir to the Union of India, imposition of the CAA, legalization of homosexual relationships and introduction of GST in the field of taxation; brought about by the Modi Government. In this article, we will further look into 4 more such changes.
Introduction of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code
Changes in Law Changes in Law The Modi government in 2016, introduced the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 also known as the IBC, 2016. This Code is applicable to Companies and it sums up all the procedures involved in winding up of a Company by reason on insolvency or bankruptcy of a Company and Corporate restructuring of assets and liabilities between debtors and creditors related to a Company. Earlier, all these laws would be found in bits and pieces in different legislations but by application of this Code, a uniform set of laws were made applicable by consolidation of all the smaller Acts into this Code.
Decriminalization of Adultery
Changes in Law Changes in Law Adultery while being a party to a valid marriage was earlier an offense. However, the Modi government took a courageous step to decriminalize it. Currently, adultery can only be a ground for divorce but is no more a punishable offense for which the spouse would be held liable.
Strengthening of Rape Laws
Changes in Law Changes in Law The Criminal law Amendment Act of 2018 brought about several changes in the IPC, CrPC, POCSO and Indian Evidence Act to strengthen rape laws of the country and ensure safety of women. The Amendment has increased the punishment for rape of women from 7 to 10 years. Further, punishment for the rape or gangrape for girls aged below 12 years was increased to a minimum of 20 years and could be extended up to lifetime imprisonment. The Amendment also took care to make the authorities more liable and sensitive to rape victims by imposing a 2 month- limit within which the investigation must be completed in a rape case.
The New Education Policy, 2020
Changes in Law Changes in Law While the whole country was going through a period of struggle in bringing about progressive changes during the COVID lockdown, the Modi Government took the opportunity to devise remarkable plans in the field of education to make Indian education more practical and less theoretical. This would be achieved by incorporating multidisciplinary courses in the curriculum and adding vocational training during primary and secondary education. Setting up of the National Research Foundation for promoting higher quality of peer- reviewed research was devised. The policy’s key impacts have yet not been assessed with certainty but the changes were indeed a high leap taken by the Government.
In this article we have investigated 4 major changes of law brought about by the Modi government which are as follows: Introduction of the IBC, 2016, strengthening the rape laws of the country, the NEP, 2020 and decriminalisation of adultery. Stay tuned for Part III which will deal with changes in law which will be brought by the Modi government in the upcoming years.
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