Central Law To Deal With Lynching

Central Law To Deal With Lynching

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Rishika Srivastava started this petition to Prime Minister and

'Lynching' is a form of violence in which a mob, under the pretext of administering justice without trial, executes a presumed offender, often after inflicting physical and mental torture on the same. Lynching related attacks mostly include attacks by vigilantes, murder and attempt to murder, harassment, assault, gang-rape etc. The victims are often brutally beaten, chained, stripped and hanged causing grievous injuries or death.

According to the Quint, more than 120 people have been killed and several others brutally tortured in mob lynching attacks since 2015. However, there is no present codified law against lynching in India as such. Sub Section (a) of Section 223 of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973 contains the provision for persons being charged for an offense jointly when they are accused of the same offence committed in the course of the same transaction which is applicable on two or more people.

It is now time that we bring in an official, specific, legal punishment against lynching, protecting the rights and freedom of those inflicted with its horrors. Deciding innocence or awarding punishment in India should solely lie in the hands of our legal institutions. 

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