The Centre is considering the possibilities of amending the Indian Penal Code to define ‘mob lynching’ as a penal offence, a senior government functionary was reported to have said.
Another option being considered is to draft a model law that Indian States can adopt to prevent incidents of mob lynching, the functionary informed. The functionary also added, “Everything is in the preliminary stage as the entire Supreme Court order asking the Centre to come up with a new law has to be examined.”
If the Indian Penal Court law is amended the government will not have to bring standalone law on mob lynching.
Furthermore, if the burden of proof to prove innocence is put on the accused, then certain sections of the CrpC and the Indian Evidence Act would also require amendments, the functionary was reported to have opined.
It was also reported that it will take several days before the government firms up its stand. A Minstry of Home Affairs source confirmed that the NDA government wants to strengthen the framework relating to social media to ensure that rumours, which may lead to such incidents are checked.
Several cases of lynching and mob violence have been reported from across the country over the last few months, the latest being from Rajasthan where a man was beaten to death on Friday on suspicion of cow smuggling.
Condemning the rising incidents of lynching in India, the Apex Court had on Tuesday asked the government to enact a law to deal with such cases. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Mishra had termed the incident of lynching as horrendous acts of mobocracy.
Last Friday the Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi had also attacked the Modi-led government on this issue. He had questioned why PM Modi keeps quite on the issue. This is vulnerable and horrific incident, government and local authorities immediately should step in.
Meanwhile the opposition is attacking the NDA government on the issue and accusing that such acts are happening, where BJP-ruled government is in power. If now it is not being rectified now then it will effect on vote politics. To keep this theory in mind government is thinking about the law amendments.
However, the BJP and its allies are refuting the accusations by stating that the opposition is trying to politicise every issue and is advocating cheap vote-bank politics.