New Delhi, July 24: Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Tuesday said that there has been a sudden surge in the cases of mob lynching and the citizens shouldn’t blatantly rely upon the social media messages to ensure “peace and order” in the society. Misra said that blindly believing the social media messages leads to “mobocracy and loss of life in certain cases”. The CJI further added that viral fake messages on social media in one of the reasons for a sudden surge in mob violence cases.

“There is a recent surge in mob lynching, please don’t misunderstand me because I have authored the judgement, there is a recent surge in mob lynching based on the viral text on the social media and this leads to mobocracy and loss of life, in certain cases,” CJI Dipak Misra said, adding, “The blatant reliance on social media needs to be checked by the citizens themselves; to ensure peace and order in the society.”

Reiterating that 1984 Sikh riots were the biggest incident of lynching, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said the central government is taking the incidents of lynching “very seriously” and might bring a law, if necessary, to stop it. “I want to make it clear that the government is not just concerned but has taken lynching incidents very seriously,” Rajnath Singh told the Lok Sabha after opposition members raised the issue days after a cattle farmer was killed allegedly by cow vigilantes in Rajasthan’s Alwar.

“After deliberations, we will take a decision as to what needs to be done to take strong action against the incidents of lynchings. We will also bring a law if that is required,” he said, adding that such incidents have been happening for the past many years.