The Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS), 2023 – New Criminal Act | LexisNexis

The Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, 2023 repealing the Indian Penal Code, 1860 (45 of 1860) to streamline provisions relating to offences and penalties. The Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, 2023 replaces the Indian Penal Code, 1860 (IPC), which is the principal law on criminal offences. It provide first time community service as one of the punishments for petty offences. The offences against women and children, murder and offences against the State have been given precedence. In order to deal effectively with the problem of organised crimes and terrorist activities, new offences of terrorist acts and organised crime have been added with deterrent punishments. A new offence on acts of secession, armed rebellion, subversive activities, separatist activities or endangering sovereignty or unity and integrity of India has also been added. The fines and punishment for various offences have also been suitably enhanced.