Owaisi sends Private member’s bill notice against mob lynching

New Delhi: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief and Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad Asaduddin Owaisi sent private members’ Bill  notice to fight incidents of mob violence.

The Lok Sabha MP on July 18 tweeted that he has given notice to introduce the Mob Violence (Prevention and Punishment) Bill, 2017.

As reported by the Hindu, “The Bill criminalises the act of mob violence as well as acts of omission by public servants. As we have seen in the Pehlu Khan case, two of the accused have not been arrested yet and similar slowing of investigations when the media spotlight is taken away from such incidents,” Mr Owaisi told The Hindu.

Provisions mentioned in the proposed bill includes,

  • Establishment of Special Courts for the trial of mob violence.
  • A collegium of five senior-most judges of the High Court should do the appointment of a judge for the same.
  • Complaints of the mob violence should be handled by the Special Courts as the additional responsibility, and has the responsibility of setting up Special Investigation Teams (SIT) and appointing a public prosecutor.
  • The SIT and public prosecutor, besides reporting to the Special Court, shall also be under the supervision of the Supreme Court (via the appointment of an amicus curiae).
  • Punishment of up to life imprisonment for those found guilty of engaging in mob violence.
  • Special compensation and witness protection.

Awarding of penalties on public servants for failing to investigate properly due to malafide intentions or willful neglect of their duties is the most significant portion of the Bill.

Mob violence has been defined to include “any act where two or more persons injure, harm, oppress, and threaten any person’s enjoyment of a right guaranteed under the Constitution of India or on the basis of their identity.”

Recent incidents of lynching related to cow vigilantism, in Haryana, Rajasthan and Jharkhand, have led to demands in various quarters for a law to deal with such incidents.