The government has introduced new clauses mandating the consent of the victim’s family before granting amnesty in cases related to life crimes. This amendment, proposed by the Ministry of Home Affairs, has been officially published in the Gazette.

According to the revised sub-rule (1) of Rule 5 of the original regulations, new clauses have been introduced specifically, in the case of crimes related to life, it is now mandatory that a consent letter be provided by the victim themselves or a close family member. The close family members eligible to provide this consent include the husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, father-in-law, or mother-in-law of the victim. The consent letter must follow the format specified in Schedule-2B.

Furthermore, if the court’s decision requires the payment of compensation or damages, an additional procedural step has been instituted. A receipt confirming the payment to the concerned party must be provided.