‘Draft new legislation to stop people taking law into own hands’, says SC to Parliament on mob lynching

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New Delhi: It is the state’s duty to ensure order and prevent mobocracy. No citizen can take the law into their hands and the government must act, the Supreme Court today said.

“In case of fear and anarchy, the state has to act positively. Violence can’t be allowed,” said Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, leading a three-judge bench while hearing on mob killings in the name of cow protection.

“Horrendous acts of mobocracy cannot be allowed to become a new norm and has to be curbed with iron hands,” the court said.

The Supreme Court urged the parliament to bring in a separate law against lynching. The top court also asked the states and Union Territories to come back with a compliance report in four weeks.

The bench asked the legislature to consider enacting a new penal provision to deal with mob violence and provide deterrent punishment to offenders.

The court has ruled on petitions including those by social activist Tehseen Poonawalla and Tushar Gandhi, great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, seeking to check violence by cow vigilante groups.

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