Government to soon introduce bill proposing death penalty for mob lynching

Jul 31, 2018 20:28 IST
Government to soon introduce bill proposing death penalty for crime of lynching

The Union Government will soon bring a bill proposing death penalty for those guilty of the crime of lynching.

The information was shared by Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir when a delegation of the Nathjogi community called on him in Yavatmal, Maharashtra.

Speaking on the act of lynching, the Ahir stated that lynching is a barbaric crime and no civilised society can accept it. The minister's remarks came against the backdrop of a wave of incidents of mob violence over cow smuggling and child lifting being reported from various parts of the country.

The proposed bill is expected to be on the lines of a legislation seeking capital punishment to those convicted of raping girls below the age of 12 years.

Background

As per reports, over 69 people have been killed across India in incidents of mob violence.

The reasons for such a heinous crime have been reported to be different in different cases.

In most cases, people were made victims of lynching on mere suspicion of being robbers, cattle slaughterers and child lifters.

Five members of the Nathjogi community, a Nomadic Tribe (NT), from Solapur district were allegedly lynched by a mob in Dhule district in north Maharashtra on suspicion of being ‘child lifters’ earlier this month.

 

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