New Delhi: The Rajasthan government has introduced two bills in the state assembly to tackle rising incidents of mob lynching and honour killings.
The step comes after Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, earlier this month, said the state would bring laws to tackle mob lynching and honour killings following a rise in such cases. The bills propose to make offences non-bailable and also impose heavy penalties and punishment, including death penalty or life imprisonment, in case of honour killings.
The bills -- the Rajasthan Protection from Lynching Bill, 2019 and the Rajasthan Prohibition of Interference with the Freedom of Matrimonial Alliances in the Name of Honour and Tradition Bill, 2019 -- were introduced in the house by state parliamentary affairs minister Shanti Dhariwal on 30 July. However, these have not been taken up for discussion and passage yet.
The bill on lynching proposes setting up fast track courts, providing relief and rehabilitation measures, including free-of-cost treatment for victims, compensation, and establishment of relief camps. The bill also proposes the same level of punishment for conspiracy, abetment, aides or attempts to lynch.
The bill said “where the act leads to the death of the victim, shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for life and with fine which shall not be less than one lakh rupees and may extend to five lakh rupees". The bill proposes a punishment of 7-10 years in case the victim is hurt and fine of ₹1-3 lakh.
In case of criminal intimidation of a couple, the bill on marriage proposes “imprisonment for a term not less than three years but which may extend to five years and shall also be liable to fine which may extend to two lakh rupees". The is in the interests of protecting individual liberty and preventing victimisation, prohibition of unlawful assemblies and other conduct interfering with the freedom of matrimonial alliances in the name of honour and tradition and for the matters connected therewith.
“Whoever causes death of a couple or either of them on the basis that marriage of such couple has dishonoured, or brought disrepute to, the caste, community or family shall be punished with death, or with imprisonment for life, which shall mean imprisonment for the remainder of that person's natural life, and with fine which may extend to five lakh rupees," the bill said.
It also proposed a jail term of not less than 10 years in case of death, which may extend to imprisonment for life.