New Delhi, July 23: After facing flak over the rising incidents of mob violence, the Centre on Monday set up a high-level ministerial panel under Home Minister Rajnath Singh and a committee headed by the Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba to deal with lynching incidents. Also Read - First Priority To Strengthen Grassroots Democracy In J&K, Says PM Modi After Meeting With 14 Leaders
The panel headed by Home Secretary Gauba will suggest measures, legal framework to effectively deal with incidents of mob violence and lynching. As per a report, it will submit its recommendations to the ministerial panel within four weeks. The group of ministers will then submit its findings as well as high-committee’s recommendations directly to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also Read - PM Modi-J&K Leaders Meet Concludes, Centre Assures Help For Future, Betterment of UT | Top Developments
“In order to formulate appropriate steps to address the (mob lynching) situation, the government has set up a high-level committee to deliberate and make recommendations within four weeks,” a Home Ministry statement said. Also Read - Tokyo Olympics 2021: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wishes Very Best to Indian Contingent
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad and Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot are members of the ministerial panel whereas the Secretaries of the Departments of Justice, Legal Affairs, Legislative and Social Justice and Empowerment are members of the committee, headed by Gauba.
Notably, several cases of lynching and mob violence have been reported from across the country in the recent past, the latest being from Rajasthan’s Alwar where a 28-year-old man named Rakbar Khan was beaten to death on Friday on suspicion of cow smuggling .
Condemning the rising incidents of lynching in India, the Supreme Court had on Tuesday asked the government to enact a law to deal such cases. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had termed the incidents of lynching “horrendous acts of mobocracy”.
(With agency inputs)