The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, 17 July, asked the Parliament to draft a new law to effectively deal with offences of mob lynching.
The bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra decried cases of lynching and cow vigilantism. “No citizen can take law into his hands nor become law unto himself,” the bench said.
The bench, which also comprised justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud said that it was the duty of State to ensure rule of law is preserved.
Reacting to the Supreme Court’s observation, the petitioner in the cow vigilantism matter activist Tehseen Poonawalla, stated that he is greatful to the Supreme Court to have come out with a strict judgement, “We have already drafted a law called Masooka which we will be presenting to all the political parties in hope to see it become the reality.”
The court also asked the government to broadcast, on several forms of media including radio, television and government websites, that mob violence would be dealt with seriously under the law. It has sought a compliance report from the Centre and states and also recommended strict action against those who spread volatile messages and videos.
The court ordered the appointment of nodal police officers in all districts, efficient patrolling in areas where there was possibility of such incidents, and completion of trial in these cases within six months. The trial courts shall award the highest punishment in relevant sections of the law for lynching.