Centre constitutes high-level committees to deal with mob violence, lynching

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Two high-level committees have been set up by the central government to suggest ways and legal frameworks to effectively deal with incidents of mob violence and lynchings, the Interior Ministry said on Monday.

One of the committees is headed by the Minister of the Interior of the Union, Rajnath Singh, and the other by the Secretary of the Interior of the Union, Rajiv Gauba.

The measure came a week after the Supreme Court asked the central government to enact a law to deal with lynch incidents and take action against mob violence.

The government respects the recent instructions of the Supreme Court on the issue of street violence and has issued a notice to state governments urging them to take effective measures to prevent incidents of violence and street lynchings, and to take strict measures in accordance with the law. Ministry spokesman said.

In order to formulate appropriate measures to address the situation, the government has established a high-level committee chaired by the Union’s Secretary of the Interior, Gauba, to deliberate on the matter and make recommendations.

The secretaries of the departments of justice, legal affairs, legislation and social justice and empowerment are members of the committee.

The committee will present its recommendations to the government within four weeks.

The government also decided to set up a Group of Ministers (GdM) headed by Interior Minister Singh to consider the recommendations of the secretaries’ high-level committee, the spokesperson said.

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, Minister of Road Transport Nitin Gadkari, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot are members of the Government of the Interior.

The GoM will present its recommendations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Referring to the incidents of mob violence and lynching, the Ministry spokesman said that the Center is concerned about incidents of mob violence in some parts of the country.

The government has already condemned such incidents and has made it clear in Parliament that it is committed to maintaining the rule of law and adopting effective measures to curb such incidents.

‘Police’ and ‘Public Order’ are state issues according to the constitutional scheme and state governments are responsible for controlling crime, maintaining law and order and protecting the life and property of citizens, the spokesperson said. They are empowered to enact and enforce laws to curb crime in their jurisdiction.

Consequently, the Ministry of the Interior has issued, periodically, notices to the States and territories of the Union for the maintenance of public order and the prevention of crime in their areas of jurisdiction.

On July 4, 2018, a notice was issued to address the issue of lynching on suspicion of eviction of minors.

Previously, a warning was issued on August 9, 2016, about riots by malefactors in the name of protecting the cow.

The state governments have been advised to implement the instructions issued in the matter by the Supreme Court on July 17, 2018.

Condemning the increase in lynch incidents, the Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the government to enact a law to deal with these cases.

The supreme court also blamed the Center and state governments for the violence and lynching of the mafia, and asked them to take measures to stop and stop the dissemination of irresponsible and explosive messages and videos on the social media platforms that incite such incidents. .