Government sets up Two high-level committees to suggest measures on mob violence, lynching

The move came days after the Supreme Court asked the government to enact a law to deal with such incidents, terming them as "horrendous acts of mobocracy".

Published: 23rd July 2018 06:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th July 2018 12:17 AM   |  A+A-

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. | PTI

Express News Service

NEW DELHI: After facing a hammering from the Opposition on growing mob violence and lynching in the country, the Centre on Monday constituted two high-level committees to suggest measures and the legal framework to address the situation. While one committee comprises secretaries of different ministries, the other one is a group of ministers (GoM) headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

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The first panel, headed by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, will submit its suggestions to the Home ministry within four weeks. The GoM will then examine the report and submit its suggestions to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said a senior home ministry official.

The decision to form the panels comes a week after the Supreme Court asked the Centre to enact a law to deal with incidents of lynching and take action on mob violence. The latest incident was reported from Rajasthan's Alwar district where 28-year-old Rakbar Khan was lynched allegedly due to suspicion of cow smuggling.

The Home Ministry issued a statement on Monday saying, it respects the recent directions of the Supreme Court and has issued an advisory to State governments urging them to take effective measures to prevent incidents of mob violence and lynching.

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"In order to formulate appropriate measures to address the situation, the government has set up a high-level committee chaired by Union Home Secretary Gauba to deliberate upon the matter and make recommendations. The Secretaries of the justice, legal affairs, legislative, and social justice and empowerment departments are members of the committee," read the statement.

The government has also decided to constitute a Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by Home Minister Singh to consider the recommendations of the high-level committee of the Secretaries, the spokesperson added. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot are members of the GoM. The GoM will submit its recommendations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The ministry spokesperson said that the government is concerned about such incidents and has made its stand clear in Parliament that it is committed to uphold the rule of law and adopt effective measures to curb such incidents. 'Police' and 'Public Order' are State subjects as per the Constitutional scheme and State governments are responsible for controlling crime, maintaining law and order, and protecting the life and property of the citizens, the spokesperson said.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Home Affairs has, from time to time, issued advisories to States and Union Territories for maintenance of public order and prevention of crime in their areas of jurisdiction, he added.

On July 17, the apex court had made the Centre and the state governments accountable for mob violence and lynching, and asked them to take steps to curb and stop dissemination of irresponsible and explosive messages and videos on social media platforms which incite such incidents.

 

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  • baburajan

    the first step and the best step is to declare the cow vigilents as anti nationals and terrorists who damage the unity and peace in our country. they should be hanged without any enquiry simply on the complaint from anybody especialy the oppressed and suppressed people of this country. if this step is taken they will have fear. or they think that the bjp government will protect them at any cost by any means.
    3 months ago reply
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