New Delhi, Aug 12: Reacting over the recent mob lynching incidents, Minister of State For External Affairs General (Retd) VK Singh on Sunday said that this problem is everywhere in the country not only in western Uttar Pradesh.
In June, Samiuddin, 64, and Qasim Qureishi were allegedly severely beaten at Hapur in Uttar Pradesh by a group of people who alleged that they were involved in cow slaughter. Both had received injuries and Qureishi died later.
Recently, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said that the government will enact a law, if necessary, to curb such incidents. Responding to the criticism by the Congress in Lok Sabha over the mob lynching of Rakbar Khan in Rajasthan’s Alwar, Singh had said that the government has taken action to curb lynching incidents.
Opposition parties, mainly the Congress and the Trinamool Congress, had raised the issue in the Lok Sabha during Zero Hour and demanded that the center take action to curb lynching incidents. (ALSO READ: Mob Lynching Incidents Are Being Given Unnecessary Importance: Yogi Adityanath)
Taking an increased number of mob lynching cases into consideration, the Supreme Court also had asked Parliament to see whether a new law can be made to check mob lynching. The next date for the hearing has been set for August 28.
The Centre had set up a high-level committee to curb the menace of mob lynching. The committee headed by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba will submit its recommendations to the government within four weeks.
A statement issued by the Centre read, “Government is concerned at the incidents of violence by mobs in some parts of the country. The government has already condemned such incidents and made its stand clear in the Parliament that it is committed to upholding the rule of law and adopting effective measures to curb such incidents”.
Reportedly, more than 20 people have been lynched in different parts of the country over suspicion of being child lifters. Five people were lynched to death by villagers in Maharashtra’s Dhule district after videos of child lifters were actively circulated on a WhatsApp group. A similar incident was reported from Tripura, wherein one person was lynched while two others were injured after a mob suspected them to be child lifters. Lynchings were also reported from Assam, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh.