Lok Sabha braces for debate on mob lynchings today

Trevor Jackson
August 1, 2017

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday said that the Congress merely wants to level allegations on the saffron party, in reference to Congress leader Mallikarjuna Kharge ccusing the government of "indirectly encouraging groups like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal as well as Gau Rakshaks".

The issue of recent incidents of cow vigilantism and mob violence against persons of minority communities is likely to come up for discussion in the Lok Sabha on Monday. He claimed that vigilante mobs had become emboldened because of government inaction. "The Prime Minister condemns such incidents but what action has he taken", asked Kharge, adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had yet to speak about the killings on his monthly radio address, Mann Ki Baat.

Kharge also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not speaking about mob lynching in his "Mann Ki Baat" radio programme on Sunday.

"When the BJP adopts constitutional nationalism, lynching will end", he said.

Trinamool leader Saugata Ray said violence in the name of cow protection was actually targeted killing.

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"BJP is backing groups like gaurakshaks, VHP and Bajrang Dal etc who are behind the mob violence". Reiterating the government's stand that nobody has the right to take the law into their own hands, Jaitley had said that such incidents should not be given a political colour. "You disown them but what action has been taken", he asked. "I have always been willing to allow a debate", the Lok Sabha Speaker said. "The more you malign us, we become stronger". He said, it is for States to take action against people involved in violent incidents in their areas. If a discussion or debate is taking place then they should listen to what the treasury benches of the government have to say in response.

He said he could relate many incidents of 2014 and earlier - under Congress-led governments - when there were such attacks on minorities, mentioning a riot in a village of Maharashtra on March 17, 2014, over the alleged carrying of beef.

He demanded a separate "manav suraksha kanoon", or human protection law, to deal with such incidents, saying the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) and the Indian Penal Code (IPC) don't define lynching.

The BJP MP further questioned the Opposition as to why the lynching of Srinagar's DSP Ayub Pandith was not worth a mention.

Yadav equated the lynching incidents with the killing ofRSS workers in Kerala and that of a police officer in Kashmirand asked whether these were not equivalent to mob violence.

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