Lynching: At Last, Modi Govt Wakes Up

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Prodded by Supreme Court, Modi govt sets up four-member panel to suggest laws against lynching, mob violence.

New Delhi: After a series of lynching and mob violence, the Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday has constituted a four-member committee to frame rules to check such horrendous acts. The Committee will he headed by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and will suggest laws against lynching and mob violence.

The committee has been asked to submit its recommendations in four weeks. And, for heaven’s sake, the committee should not be given any extensions as is the practice with all government panels.

The move to set up the committee comes days after the Supreme Court asked Parliament to come up with a special law to deter such crimes, saying “the horrendous acts of mobocracy cannot be permitted to inundate the law of the land”.

The apex court had said the “recurrent pattern of violence “cannot be allowed to become the new normal”.

A group of minister headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has also been constituted to make recommendations for legislation on lynching. The group of ministers will submit their recommendations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Government is concerned at the incidents of violence by mobs in some parts of the country. Government has already condemned such incidents and has made its stand clear in Parliament that it is committed to upholding the rule of law and adopting effective measures to curb such incidents,” the MHA said in a press release.

The high level committee chaired by the Union Home Secretary will have Secretary, Department of Justice, Secretary, Department of Legal Affairs, Secretary, Legislative Department and Secretary, Social Justice and Empowerment as members.

The GoM headed by the Home Minister will have Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Thawarchand Gehlot and will submit their recommendations to the Prime Minister.