NEW DELHI :
The Rajasthan assembly last week introduced two bills which aim to tackle the growing number of incidents of mob lynching and honour killings. The two bills propose severe punishments, fines and appropriate protection, relief and rehabilitation measures along with the setting up of fast track courts to deal with faster prosecution.
The issue holds key importance as there have been an increase in the number of cases of mob violence and honour killings across the country. The demand for a stronger legislation has been seen at the national level as well.
The discussion in the Rajya Sabha last week for the passage of the bill that bans the practice of Triple Talaq saw opposition parties including the Congress , Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Aam Aadmi Party demand a stronger legislation for incidents of mob lynching.
“If the government is so serious about implementing every minority judgment of the Supreme Court, then why have they not brought a law against mob lynching?," Ghulam Nabi Azad, leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha said.
The 17 July 2018 judgment by an apex court bench, headed by the then Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, had issued guidelines for preventive, remedial and punitive measures for the rampant increase in incidents of lynching in India. The court had held that such an act of mob lynching and violence would “invite serious consequence under the law".
Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha on mob lynching, the government has said that there is no common pattern
with incidents occurring in different states ruled by different political parties.
The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam has demanded in the Lok Sabha that both mob lynching and honour killings be treated as terrorist activities.
According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) figures released in 2018, a total of 28 cases in 2014, 251 cases in 2015 and 77 cases in 2016 were reported with motive as honour killing.
“Something needs to be done. However, legislations as deterrence really does not work. Unless you reform the legal setup because the real perpetrators normally go free. If you look at the witness system, a bulk of them revolt and the prosecution rate is very low. What is the intention of the government and we must provide safety to every individual and they must be treated as basic human rights," said Subrata Mukherjee, a New Delhi-based political analyst.