‘Anti-lynching law need of the hour’

With just a week left in the Monsoon Session of Parliament, CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Saturday hoped that the government would bring in a law to tackle crimes such as mob lynching in this session.

Mr. Yechury, however, said that a law alone would not help if there was no political will to implement it. “The law in itself is never enough. Existing CrPc has enough provisions to tackle this menace. Mob lynching is patronised by the state itself. It doesn’t help that the government and law enforcement agencies turn a blind eye to it,” he said.

Referring to Union Minister Jayant Sinha, who welcomed mob-lynching accused with garlands and sweets, Mr. Yechury said that such incidents speak volumes of the “patronage that BJP/RSS provides” to the accused. “The police have not arrested many perpetrators whose identities are known and who have been caught on camera.”

The Home Ministry has started deliberations on bringing in a law. Last week, it held its first meeting with stakeholders to discuss the broad contours of such a law. The Supreme Court on July 17 passed a slew of directions to provide “preventive, remedial and punitive measures” to deal with offences like mob violence and cow vigilantism.

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