Anti-lynching panel wants laws to be tightened

Anti-lynching panel wants laws to be tightened
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The number of incidents of mob lynching has been exceptional since 2014. The Supreme Court has been strongly critical of this phenomenon. It is the lack of any form of governance which leads to such incidents. Earlier a Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, termed incidents of mob-lynching in India as ‘horrendous acts of mobocracy’ and directed the Parliament to draft a new legislation to effectively deal with incidents of mob lynching across the country.

Now a panel of secretaries looking into the possibility of enacting a law against lynching has submitted its report to a group of ministers headed by home minister Rajnath Singh. The panel suggested that existing provisions in the Indian Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code should be tightened by inserting new clauses.

The recommendations will be sent to PM Modi after the GoM will analyse the report and submit it for a final decision, a home ministry official said.