The country is witnessing horrendous incidents of mob lynchings, some over cow vigilantism and some over fake news spread through social networking sites about child abduction.
Today, The Supreme Court of India has condemned these lynching incidents across the country. The Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said the horrendous acts of mobocracy cannot be allowed to become a new norm in the country and recommended to Parliament to enact a separate law to punish offenders.
“The horrendous acts of mobocracy cannot be permitted to inundate the law of the land. Earnest action and concrete steps have to be taken to protect the citizens from the recurrent pattern of violence which cannot be allowed to become “the new normal” ,said the top court.
A bench of Chief Justice (CJI) Dipak Misra , Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said it was the duty of state governments to ensue law and order in society, besides ensuring that the rule of law prevailed. The bench also said that preventive, punitive and remedial measures need to be taken to stop lynching incidents in the future.
“No citizen can take law into their hands. In case of fear and anarchy, the state has to act positively. Violence can’t be allowed,” Supreme Court said. The top court passed the order on a plea seeking formulation of guidelines to curb such violent incidents in the country.
Supreme Court has now fixed the matter for further hearing on August 28.