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NEW CRIMINAL CODE: HARMING A WOMEN’S MENTAL HEALTH IS A CRIME

The Indian government has added two new sections in Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS) that pertain to women. The first: harming a woman's mental health as 'cruelty'. Second: prescribed jail term for anyone who reveals the identity of a sexual assault survivor without their permission.

NEW CRIMINAL BILL: HARMING A WOMEN’S MENTAL HEALTH IS A CRIME

Two new sections pertaining to women have been added to Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS) by the Indian government. A woman's mental health harm is considered "cruelty" in the first section, and disclosing a sexual assault survivor's identity without consent is punishable by law in the second.

 

The new modification to India's penal code goes far beyond its original intent to punish cruelty. The Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita bill, which was originally intended to criminalize crimes against women, has since come to acknowledge the complex field of mental health as a necessary component of cruelty. This dramatic change recognizes the complex levels of abuse and recasts the story.

 

The revised measure addresses a critical component of survivor protection in addition to protecting mental health. The law provides a safeguard against the trauma of public exposure by taking a strong stand against the unlawful revelation of the identity of sexual assault survivors.

 

Together with groundbreaking projects like the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita and the Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam legislation, this legal growth is embodied in the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita Bill. When combined, they go beyond simple revisions and aim to replace outdated statutes from the 1800s.

 

The increased suicide rates among stay-at-home moms are a major social concern that these changes aim to address. The government's proactive approach demonstrates a commitment to tackling the underlying causes of such anguish as well as its symptoms, as highlighted by the National Crime Records Bureau, which also reveals a concerning trend.

 

India's legislative transformation is a dedication to the overall well-being and female empowerment of the country, not only a means of preventing crime. While we should celebrate India's significant legislative reforms, we also need to stress how important gender-neutral legislation is.

 

Gender stereotypes should not be the limit of equality; males can also be victims. For all people, regardless of gender, to be treated fairly and be protected, a thorough legal framework is necessary.


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