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Mob Lynchings in India: Uttar Pradesh recommends life imprisonment for the offence

Taking cognisance of increasing incidents of mob lynching including those by cow vigilantes, Uttar Pradesh law panel has submitted a report to the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath suggesting life imprisonment for the offence along with a heavy fine for the crime.

Uttar Pradesh Law Commission Chairman Justice (Retd.) A.N. Mittal has submitted a report on mob lynching, along with the draft Bill, to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on July 10.The 128-page report cited various cases of lynching in the State and recommended the immediate enactment of a law as per recommendations made by the Supreme Court in 2018.

Suggesting that such a law may be called the Uttar Pradesh Combating of Mob Lynching Act, the Commission specified the responsibilities of police officers and district magistrates, spelling out the punishment for failing in their duty.It suggested a punishment ranging from seven years in jail to life imprisonment for the offence, compensation to the family of the victim for grievous injury or loss of loss of life and property.

There should also be provisions for the rehabilitation of the victims and their families, it said.

As per the available data from 2012 to 2019, 50 incidents of mob violence have taken place in the State.

It referred to various cases of lynching and mob violence in the State, including the 2015 killing of Mohammed Akhlaq in Dadri on the suspicion of beef consumption.

It mentioned the killing of Inspector Subodh Singh on December 3, 2018, in a clash between police and Hindutva groups in Bulandshahr after cattle carcasses were found in a field.

The Chairman noted that mobs were now turning on police as well.

“Incidents of mob violence have taken place in districts of Farukkhabad, Unnao, Kanpur, Hapur and Muzaffarnagar. Police are also becoming victims as people have started thinking of them as their enemy,” Mittal said in the report.

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