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Criminal justice system victimises poor, vulnerable: CJI

The criminal justice system largely victimises the poor and vulnerable sections of society and there is an urgent need for reform on multiple fronts, Chief Justice of India HL Dattu said on Wednesday as he called for scrapping of laws that criminalise begging and sex work.

‘Not only does the criminal justice system largely victimise the poor and vulnerable sections of society, very often, laws themselves criminalise poverty and destitution,’ Dattu said on the occasion of Law Day function on the Supreme Court lawns. ‘In India, laws criminalising beggary, sex work and certain occupations of the tribal community are often largely seen by the scholars and human rights activists as widening the net of criminality by punishing destitution,’ he said.
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