Criminal Procedure Bill: Break a law and the police can store your personal information


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The Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on March 28. And by April 6, it was passed in both houses of the Parliament. This new law allows law enforcement agencies to collect a range of private information from people arrested under any offence. The information can be stored for 75 years.

In this episode, host Suryatapa Mukherjee talks to Nikita Sonawane, co-founder of Criminal Justice and Police Accountability Project, and Praavita Kashyap, a member of Article 21 Trust and Rethink Aadhaar campaign. We explore who this new law will impact and we tease out its ambiguities. This is part one in a two-part miniseries.

As of April 18, 2022 the Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill became a law. Henceforth it will be called Criminal Procedure (Identification) Act, 2022.

Additional reading:

Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill, 2022
NCRB data: Higher share of Dalits, tribals, Muslims in prison than numbers outside | The Indian Express

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