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Supreme Court asks Parliament to frame law against cow vigilantism, mob lynching

Tuesday July 17, 2018 12:59 PM, & Agencies

SC on Mob Lynching

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday while condemning cow vigilantism and mob lynching asked the Parliament to see if a new law can be framed to combat the increasing number of such violent cases.

A bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud gave a series of directions to deal with cases of lynchings. The apex court, while calling incidents of lynching ‘horrendous acts of mobocracy’, sought a compliance report from centre and states.

“Horrendous acts of mobocracy can not be allowed to become a new norm and has to be curbed with iron hands,” the SC bench said, adding that states cannot turn a deaf ear to such incidents.

“No one can take the law into their hands. No one can become law unto themselves. Recurring pattern of violence cannot be allowed to be the new norm,” the bench said.

Putting out "preventive, remedial and punitive" measures to prevent mob lynching in the name of cow protection, the Supreme Court urged the Parliament to bring in a separate law. The apex court also asked the states and Union Territories to come back with a compliance report in four weeks.

The Supreme Court had on July 3 reserved its verdict on pleas by social activist Tehseen Poonawalla and Thushar Gandhi, who prayed to the court to initiate contempt against states that failed to take measures to combat cow vigilantism.

The bench had also termed cow vigilantism as 'unacceptable' and stated that mob lynching is 'beyond law and order problem'. Tushar had also filed a contempt plea against some States, accusing them of not enforcing the earlier orders of the court.

Earlier in September 2017, the apex court had directed all the state governments and union territories to take strong measures to stop violence in the name of cow protection. The SC had also asked them to designate special officers who would keep a strong vigil on the 'vigilante groups'.

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