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MOB LYNCHINGS: NEED OF THE LAWS

Why in news?

  • The spate of incidents of lynching over the past few years has led to a heightened sense of insecurity among the marginalized communities.
  • No data has been compiled by the NCRB of the number of cases of lynching in the country since 2015 for reasons unknown.

SC on mob lynching

  • In 2018, the Supreme Court described lynching as a “horrendous act of mobocracy”.
  • The Court directed the Centre and State governments to frame laws specifically to deal with the crime of lynching and laid down certain guidelines to be incorporated in these laws

State laws

  • In this backdrop, the Manipur government came up first with its Bill against lynching in 2018, incorporating some logical and relevant clauses.
  • The Bill specified that there would be nodal officers in each district to control such crimes
  • The Rajasthan government passed a bill against lynching in August 2019 which reported highest number of mob lynching cases since 2014
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