Guilty till you prove your innocence: The new statutory normal

Commitment to constitutional safeguards led to incorporating the principle of ‘presumed innocent until proven guilty’ into criminal law.

BySouth First Desk

Published May 30, 2024 | 5:24 PMUpdatedMay 30, 2024 | 5:24 PM

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The principle of reverse burden of proof and presumed guilty until proven innocent today extends to many offences. This diminishes the exceptional nature of the rule. It will ensure a dangerous trend of a sudden increase in conviction rates by putting an unreasonable burden on the accused to prove himself innocent against the might of the state and the prosecution.

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