New Delhi: A panel set up by the Centre suggesting ways to check anti-lynching incidents was heard by a group of ministers (GoM) today, said several officials. The GoM meeting was headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. According to a Home Ministry official, this was the first meeting and ministers are being administered measures for keeping a check on the number of anti-lynching incidents. Also Read - Medal For Excellence in Investigation 2020: List of 121 Police Personnel Receiving Award This Year
During the meeting, one of the key recommendations suggested by the committee of secretaries is to put to task the country heads of the social media platforms sites. The committee of secretaries suggesting the monitoring of all social media platforms is being headed by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba. The panel has also recommended the tightening of the law by inserting various clauses in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) through parliamentary approval. Also Read - Why Some 'Made in India' Items Are Among 101 Weapons Embargoed by MoD? Here's The Clarification
Additional meetings are scheduled to be held over the next few weeks for finalising the recommendations given by them and the committee of secretaries. However, the final call will be taken only after the recommendations will be looked over by PM Modi. Also Read - Rajnath Singh to Launch 'Atma Nirbhar Bharat Saptah' at 3:30 PM Today | What to Expect
It must be noted that both the GoM and the committee of secretaries were set up after cases of lynching increased in the last one year. Almost 40 people have been lynched in at least nine states in 2017. The Home Ministry, therefore, had issued advisories to states and UTs in July this year following SC’s directives to check lynching incidents. The government had also asked the both GoM and the committee of secretaries to appoint an officer in each district, set up a special task force to gather intelligence and closely monitor social media to prevent mob attacks on suspicion of being child-lifters or cattle smugglers.
The members of the GoM are External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot. Home Minister Rajnath Singh heads the GoM.