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Law tweak likely to fight mob lynching

A mass protest agaisnt mass lynching (File photo)

NEW DELHI: The government has set up a committee to suggest necessary amendments to the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) to deal with certain crimes like mob lynching and has started a consultation process with the states.
Responding to a question in Rajya Sabha, home minister Amit Shah said he has written to all chief ministers and governors to send recommendations on making changes after consultations with investigating officers and public prosecutors.
“Under the Bureau of Police Research and Development, a committee has been set up to make changes in the IPC and CrPC. We will start working on amendments after receiving recommendations from the committee,” the minister said. He said the government will keep in mind the Supreme Court orders while making any change.
On the issue of lynching, minister of state for home Nityanand Rai said there is “no separate” definition for such incidents under the IPC.
Lynching incidents can be dealt with under Section 300 and 302 of IPC. Rai cited that offence under Section 302 (murder) attracts maximum punishment of death or imprisonment for life besides fine. He said murder is a cognisable, non-bailable and noncompoundable offence.
In a written reply, Rai also said a group of ministers was constituted to deliberate on a law to specifically handle cases of lynching and make recommendations. In response to another question on the status of laws passed by two states—Manipur and Rajasthan —to curb mob lynching, Rai said these are reserved for Central accord.
When a CPM member sought to know ideological reasons for rise in mob lynching, RS chairman Venkaiah Naidu said, “Should some community be totally excluded from operation of this Act? Why are you bringing community in this?”

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