Centre, states get SC notice over lynchings

By Moderator July 27, 2019 11:25


The Supreme Court issued notices to the Centre and 11 states on a petition seeking implementation of the apex court’s July 2018 directions on guidelines to prevent incidents of mob lynching.

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  • A bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi also issued notice to the National Human Rights Commission and the Union Ministry of Law and Justice on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a Delhi-based NGO, Anti-corruption Council of India Trust.
  • The petitioner contended before the bench that lynchings are on the rise, especially in the garb of cow protection. “The angry mob is trying to become the final adjudicator by punishing the accused without even informing the police officials, and taking law into their hands,” claimed the petitioner.
  • The court agreed to hear the petition, although, as recently as last week, it refused to list a contempt petition on a similar issue.
    • The contempt plea was moved by one of the parties on whose petition the court, last year listed out the preventive, remedial and punitive measures.
  • The petitioner wants the court to call for a status report from the respondent States on cases registered in instances of mob lynching. It also adds that the States must present an action-taken-report with regard to the directions issued in July 2018 by the top court.
  • The petitioner has also demanded that Parliament should frame a law to make mob lynching a non-bailable and non-compoundable offence and have a timebound trial in such cases. States must also be asked to evolve compensation scheme for victims in mob lynching cases, the petitioner submitted.

Supreme Court 2018 verdict

  • The July 2018 judgement had condemned the increasing number of incidents of mob lynchings across the country as “horrendous acts of mobocracy”. The court even then asked Parliament to make lynching a separate offence.
  • The court had held the primary obligation of the government was to protect all individuals irrespective of race, caste, class or religion.“Crime knows no religion and neither the perpetrator nor the victim can be viewed through the lens of race, caste, class or religion,” the judgement said.
  • The several measures which were mooted by the court in the judgment included the setting up of a special task force in the States to procure intelligence reports about the people likely to commit such crimes or involved in spreading hate speeches, provocative statements and fake news.
  • The court had also directed States to prepare a lynching/mob violence victim compensation scheme. The cases of lynchings should be exclusively tried by designated court/fast track courts in each district.

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/mob-lynchings-supreme-court-seeks-response-from-centre-nhrc-states/article28723014.ece

By Moderator July 27, 2019 11:25