Supreme Court asks Parliament to make new law against mob lynching

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New Delhi, July 17 : Criticizing the Central government for its failure to stop mob lynching incidents by vigilante groups/cow vigilantism across the country, the Supreme Count on Tuesday asked Parliament to create a new penal provision to deal with cases of lynching across the country .

Issuing a series of directions to the government  to tackle with the rising cases of lynching incidents, a bench of CJI Dipak and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud  said ‘mobocracy can’t take over’ and that law and order is the government’s responsibility.

The Supreme Court ruled, “No citizen can take law into their own hands. In case of fear and anarchy, the state has to act positively. Violence can’t be allowed.”

The  court sought a compliance report from centre and states. The top court called lynching incidents ‘horrendous acts of mobocracy’.

 Stating that no citizen can take law into his hands nor become law unto himself, the top court said that it is the duty of state to ensure maintenance of law and order so as to protect secular ethos and prevent mobocracy.

While fixing the matter for further hearing on August 28, the Apex Court asked Parliament to see whether a new law can be made into the issue.

“The State is duty-bound to ensure law and order and to prevent mobocracy,” Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra ordered while hearing a case against cow vigilantism.

Court said mobocracy can’t be allowed and has asked the Centre and States to file compliance report on the issue.

 

 

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