You are here: Home » News-IANS » Politics
Business Standard

Secretaries' panel submits report on separate law for lynchings

IANS  |  New Delhi 

A committee of secretaries, formed to deliberate and make recommendations for a to deal with the incidents of lynching, has submitted its report to Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by Rajnath Singh, officials said on Wednesday.

The panel headed by consulted a cross-section of society and other stakeholders before submitting the report to the GoM, a requesting anonymity said.

The GoM, which includes Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari, Ravi Shankar Prasad, and Social Justice and Thaawar Chand Gehlot, will examine the recommendations and submit its report to

The committee was formed by the government post a verdict in mid-July to examine ways to crack down on rising incidents of lynchings and mob violence across the country. The apex court had said it is the "responsibility of the government to protect the citizens".

The apex court had asked the government to examine bringing out a to crack down on such offences so that it can instil a sense of fear in the perpetrators.

The details of the report have not been made public since the is yet to consider it, the said, adding the panel has explored the possibility of treating lynchings as a separate offence under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) or making a for the same.

In separate discussions with the earlier this week, the had examined the matter and felt that treating the offence under a separate section in the IPC, which would define mob lynching, could be an immediate step to begin with.

"A final decision on the new law will be taken at the level of the once the forwards its suggestions to him," the said.

The panel, which includes secretaries of the departments of Justice, Legal Affairs, and Social Justice and Empowerment as its members, was formed by the in the wake of lynchings that claimed over 35 lives in nine states in the past one year.

In July, the Home Ministry issued advisories to states and Union territories following the Supreme Court's directive to check incidents of

The Centre asked the states to appoint an in each district at the level of of Police, set up a special task force to gather intelligence, and closely monitor to prevent mob attacks on suspicion of being child-lifters or cattle smugglers.

--IANS

rak/nir

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, August 29 2018. 21:50 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU