Monsoon Session of Parliament: Rajnath Singh says 'if necessary', govt will enact law to curb lynchings

The government will enact a law, if necessary, to curb incidents of lynching, home minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday amid Opposition outcry over such incidents.

Press Trust of India July 24, 2018 16:09:33 IST
Monsoon Session of Parliament: Rajnath Singh says 'if necessary', govt will enact law to curb lynchings

New Delhi: The government will enact a law, if necessary, to curb incidents of lynching, home minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday amid Opposition outcry over such incidents.

Monsoon Session of Parliament Rajnath Singh says if necessary govt will enact law to curb lynchings

File image of home minister Rajnath Singh. PTI

Opposition parties, mainly the Congress and the Trinamool Congress, raised the issue in the Lok Sabha during Zero Hour and demanded that the Centre take 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.

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