Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday that the centre will enact a law to curb lynching incidents, if necessary. Singh’s statement came amid opposition’s outcry over such incidents.
The issue was raised in Lok Sabha during Zero Hour by opposition parties, mainly the Congress and the Trinamool Congress which demanded that government should take strict action to curb lynching incidents.
Responding to the criticism, Singh said the government has taken the issue seriously.
A 28-year-old man was lynched on suspicion of being a cow smuggler in Lalawandi village in Rajasthan’s Alwar district on Saturday last.
On Monday, the Home Ministry announced setting up of two high-level committees to suggest ways and legal framework to effectively deal with incidents of mob violence and lynching.
The government would look at taking stringent action against culprits and would enact a law, if necessary, to curb incidents of lynching, Singh said. While one committee is headed by Singh, the other panel is headed by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba.
The committees were set up a week after the Supreme Court asked the central government to enact a law to deal with incidents of lynching and take action on mob violence.
(With agency inputs)