Union home minister Amit Shah  (PTI)
Union home minister Amit Shah (PTI)

Government mulling changes in IPC, CrPC to stop lynching

  • Home minister Amit Shah said a committee has been set up under the aegis of Bureau of Police Research and Development (BNRnD) in this respect

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is considering changes to the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) to curb incidents of lynching in the country, home minister Amit Shah said in reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.

In response to a question by Congress leaders, Anand Sharma and Nasir Hussain, the home minister said a committee has been set up under the aegis of Bureau of Police Research and Development (BNRnD) in this respect.

“For changes in under IPC and CrPC, I have myself written to all chief minsters, LGs (lieutenant governors) and governors where there is President’s rule. I have requested them to hold meetings in their states with experts on investigations and public prosecutors and send their suggestions here," Shah said.

Shah said after receiving suggestions from various state governments, the union government will consider the directions of the Supreme Court.

“A committee has been set up under the aegis, BNRnD which will consider changes to IPC and CrPC in this respect. After these suggestions come, we will undertake the work of bringing changes to IPC and CrPC. At that time, we will also consider all decisions of the Supreme Court," Shah added.

During the monsoon session in 2018, the then home minister Rajnath Singh, while responding to criticism from the Opposition in the Lower House, had said the government would enact a law against lynching, if necessary.

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