UP State Law Commission Draft Mob Lynching Bill 2019

Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission Draft Mob Lynching Bill 2019

The Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission has drawn up a stringent law to deal with rising incidents of mob lynching.

In a report that contains the draft Uttar Pradesh Combating of Mob Lynching Bill, 2019 — it has been submitted to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath by commission chairman Justice (retd) Aditya Nath Mittal — the state law panel,

While taking suo motu cognizance of incidents of mob lynching, has said the existing law is not sufficient and there is need to not just punish the wrongdoers but also hold authorities responsible for dereliction of duty if such incidents take place under their watch.

Draft Law Recommendations :-

* Imprisonment up to 7 years and fine up to Rs 1 lakh if the victim is injured.

* Imprisonment up to 10 years and fine up to Rs 3 lakh if victim suffers serious injuries.

* Rigorous imprisonment for life and fine up to Rs 5 lakh if the victim dies.

* Those involved in conspiracy, abetment be punished like those actually involved in lynching.

* In case of dereliction of duty by police officer or district magistrate, imprisonment of one year, which may be extended to three years and fine up to Rs 5000.

* Imprisonment of six months for contributing or enforcing a hostile environment.

The draft Bill not only defines “lynching”, “mob”, “victim” and “offensive material” but also “hostile environment” created against the victim or family, including boycott of trade, public humiliation, depriving fundamental rights, and forcing a person to leave home etc.

While The commission only recommends and proposes to state government, it is up to the state government to accept it or take it forward.

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