New Delhi, July 26 : Slamming Narendra Modi led government, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said Mob lynching is on the rise under NDA and garlanding the convicts is a shame in a civilised country like India.
“Mob lynchings on a rise under NDA and it is a shame that such incidents are happening in a civilised country like India, Azad said while leading the offensive against the Modi led government on mob lynching .
Recalling a discussion on lynching during the last Monsoon session, he notes the case have only gone up instead of coming down.
Azad asked, ” how many people have been booked for spreading fake news and rumours?”
“BJP leaders have met the accused in jails, a Union Minister garlands lynching convicts, a BJP MP says he would pay the legal chargers of a lynching case accused. If the BJP reins in on its leaders, lynching will stop in four days, ” Azad added.
The government has asked social media agencies to appoint grievance officers as point of contact between the firm and the government. These firms should bring in more effective grievance mechanisam.
Manoj Kumar Jha (RJD) says the government cannot simply blame social media for the mob violence. Mobs won’t abide by laws, it will only take law in their hands, he says. Physical violence is the product of verbal violence, he says pointing out at foul language used in social media.
Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad responded by blaming WhatAapp forwards for such untoward incidents.
He says the government took up the issue with WhatsApp and the firm has brought certain changes such as restricting forwards to five, highlighting forwards. The minister says though these are significant steps, they are inadequate. He wanted WhatsApp to notify law enforcement agencies whenever such rumours are spread.
He also says fake and hoax news spread on websites are regularly being taken down. He also says 457, 91, and 321 pages of Facebook, Youtube and Twitter have been taken down.