Opposition ‘should show concern’ for rights of victims too, says Amit Shah

Opposition ‘should show concern’ for rights of victims too, says Amit Shah
The Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill will protect the rights of victims and law-abiding citizens, said Union home minister Amit Shah while allaying fears of the Opposition in Lok Sabha about human rights violations due to possible misuse of the bill.

“Those who are citing human rights should also think about the human rights of rape victims. They (opposition) only worry about rapists and looters. What about the human rights of the person who has been looted?” said Shah.

“This bill has been brought for the safety of law-abiding citizens. Don’t try to paint it otherwise. In 2014, PM Narendra Modi put forward the concept of SMART policing. Where T meant Technology. We are here to fulfil that promise of T. England, Canada, South Africa, Australia and the US have more stringent laws than this,” Shah asserted while reeling out the data on conviction rates in these countries and comparing them with India’s. The home minister added, “Opposition is talking about UAPA.

The UAPA Amendment was brought in by Chidambaram, we supported it. How has UAPA been misused? POTA was a law, it was abrogated for appeasement,” the home minister said while adding that the whole world is making use of databases. “Why are you scared of it? How long will we live in the British era? We must use it to solve today’s problems,” he said.

Referring to concerns of some Opposition members over the misuse of data collected under the proposed law, Shah said the world is using databases and “we too will have to use it”. “The database has been in use for two-and-a-half years to solve crimes, including automobile thefts. Shah said data will be stored in a protected hardware and those “who send samples (for matching) will be sent results and data will not be shared,” Shah said.

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Following the discussion, the Bill was passed by a voice vote. The Bill enables officers to collect the biometric details of prisoners.

The Bill proposes to allow police to collect finger impressions, palm prints, footprint impressions, photographs, iris and retina scans, physical and biological samples. It will also ensure that police and investigators remain two steps ahead of criminals, Shah, urging the Opposition to not have any apprehensions about the draft law.

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