SC Asks Parliament to Enact Separate Law to Deal with Mob Lynching

Team SoOLEGAL 17 Jul 2018 3:30pm

SC Asks Parliament to Enact Separate Law to Deal with Mob Lynching

Amid rising incidents of mob lynching across the country, the Supreme Court today passed a landmark judgement directing Parliament to enact a separate law to deal with the offences of mob lynching.

The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra passed the judgement while hearing a bunch of petitions including those by the social activist Tehseen Poonawalla and Tushar Gandhi, great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, on recent lynching incidents in the country.

Citizens cannot take the law into their hands and cannot become the law unto themselves ... Horrendous acts of mobocracy cannot be allowed to become a new norm and have to be curbed with iron hands,” the SC bench said.

The bench, which also comprised of Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, also passed a slew of directions to provide “preventive, remedial and punitive measures” to punish offenders participating in the act of mob violence and cow vigilantism.

The top court bench said that it is the responsibility of the state governments to ensure that law and order is maintained, so as to protect the constitutional promise to its citizens. Accordingly, the apex court directed the state governments to designate a senior police officer in each district, who will be responsible for taking preventive measures to avoid incidents of mob violence and lynching.

The court also asked the states to identify the districts, sub-divisions and villages wherein such incidents have been reported in the past five years.

The Centre and state governments were also directed by the top court to broadcast on radio, and other media platforms, including the official sites of the home department and police, that any act of lynching and mob violence shall invite serious consequence under the law.

Further, the top court said that, “The state governments must curb and stop the dissemination of irresponsible and explosive messages, videos and other material on various social media platforms”, which can provoke mob violence and lynching of any kind.

The court then posted the PIL for further hearing on August 28 and recommended the central and state governments to take steps to handle the crime of lynching in pursuance of its directions.

So far, 69 lynching incidents have been reported based on the rumours about child kidnapping gangs alone. Such incidents circulated through WhatsApp about suspected child lifters and kidnappers – resulting in 33 deaths in last 18 months.

However, despite the Police department and government continuous warnings to people to not believe in such rumours have gone unheeded. 

Tagged: Supreme Court   Mob Lynching   Mob Violence   Chief Justice Dipak Misra  
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