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States unwilling for stricter Anti-Racism Law

Home Ministry made a proposal to amend two provisions in IPC i.e. section 153A and 509A to make them stricter which are related to anti-racism discrimination. Ministry of state for Home Kiren Rijiju informed the Rajya Sabha that the ministry proposed to amend the IPC “to deal with the racially motivated crimes”. As the matter falls under concurrent list, it becomes necessary to obtain the opinion of the state governments to push through the legislation. But only four states have given their assent to the proposed law.

The amendments are based on the recommendations of the  Bezbaruah Committee , constituted by the Centre in 2014 in the aftermath of increased attacks on persons belonging to the northeast.

Draft 153 C IPC provision proposed by the Ministry says:
“whoever promotes or attempts to promote, on the ground of race, racial features, behaviour, culture, customs or way of living, any act which is prejudicial to human dignity or dignity of members belonging to particular race and uses criminal force or violence in furtherance of such act, or, participates in such act intending to use criminal force or violence or knowing that participants in such act is likely to use criminal force or violence against the member of a race or cause or likely to cause fear or feeling of insecurity amongst the members of such race, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years and fine.”

The government is also examining the possibility of the provisions being misused. The proposed amendment will ensure that the culprits don t go scot-free and at the same time need to ensure that innocent should not be punished either.

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