Supreme Court directs states to file report on dealing with cow vigilantism, lynchings within one week

The Centre informed the apex court during the hearing that an empowered Group of Ministers has been set up to consider framing a law on mob violence following the cow vigilantism verdict.

Published: 07th September 2018 12:51 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th September 2018 06:03 AM   |  A+A-

Mob Lynching

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By PTI

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday set a one-week deadline for the Rajasthan government to submit a detailed report regarding the steps taken against the policemen who delayed in taking a lynching victim to hospital.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra took exception to the fact that only 11 of the 29 states and seven Union Territories (UTs) filed reports regarding compliance of its order directing them to take steps to deal with mob lynchings and cow vigilantism.

Giving a week’s time, the bench directed the Centre and the States to widely announce on radio, television and other media platforms that lynching and mob violence will invite serious legal consequence.

READ: Supreme Court asks Parliament to consider new law against cow vigilantism

Attorney General K K Venugopal informed the top court that a Group of Ministers is considering the nature of legislation to be brought to deal with the crime of lynching by the vigilante groups.

In its July 17 judgment, the apex court had recommended to Parliament to create a separate offence for lynching and provide adequate punishment.

Directing all the states and the UTs to comply with its July 17 direction, the top court said the home secretaries failing to file report would be directed to appear before it in person.

The order came as senior counsel Indira Jaising informed the apex court that only nine States and two UTs have filed the compliance report.

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  • Ram

    Lynching and taking law unto one's own hand is simply NOT correct. At the same time, cow- smuggling, illegal slaughtering, violent butchering, and vengeful killing and eating, etc. - cannot be accepted. I am commenting based on the reports in newspapers here everyday about stealing cows, illegal slaughtering, murdering those responsible for these people being caught, etc. That side is not coming out in the English/National Media. News should not be one-sided.
    18 days ago reply