New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai, in a written reply to a question regarding details on mob lynching cases in Lok Sabha today said that the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) does not maintain data with respect to mob lynching.
However, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) have issued advisories to States and UTs, from time to time, to maintain law and order and ensure that any person who takes law into their own hands is punished promptly as per law.
Rai said that advisories dated 23 July 2018, and 25 September 2018, were issued to the State Governments and Union Territory (UT) Administrations for taking measures to curb incidents of mob lynching in the country.
In addition to this, the Government, through audio-visual media, has also generated public awareness to curb the menace of mob lynching, he added. The Government has also sensitized the service providers to take steps to check the propagation of false news and rumours having potential to incite mob violence and lynching, said the Minister.
Rai stated that an advisory dated 4 July 2018 was issued to the States and UTs by MHA, to keep watch on circulation of fake news and rumours having potential of inciting violence, to take all required measures to counter them effectively, and to deal firmly with persons taking law into their own hands.
Further, the Ministry has also issued an advisory on 9 August 2016 to all States and UTs for taking prompt and strict action against miscreants who take law into their own hands in the name of protection of cow.
‘Police’ and ‘Public Order’ are State subjects under the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India and State Governments are responsible for prevention, detection, registration and investigation of crimes and for prosecuting criminals through their law enforcement agencies, Rai added.
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