LUCKNOW — Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) President Mayawati on Saturday welcomed the Uttar Pradesh Law Commission’s draft Bill that seeks stringent punishment for those involved in mob lynching.
“Mob lynching has emerged as a dreadful disease across the country and the loss of lives due to this is a matter of serious concern. In this regard, there is a strong need for a stringent countrywide law, but the Centre’s approach towards it is lackadaisical,” she said.
The UP Law Commission has recommended up to life imprisonment for mob lynching crimes and submitted a draft bill in this regard on Friday.
Justice (retd) A.N. Mittal, Chairman of Law Commission has submitted the report on mob lynching, along with the draft Bill to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
The Commission said the existing laws were not sufficient to combat lynching and asserted that there should be a separate law to tackle them.
It suggested a punishment ranging from seven years in jail to life imprisonment for the offence.
The panel said the law should also provide for compensation to the family of the victim for grievous injury or loss of life and property. There should also be provisions for the rehabilitation of the victims and their families, it said.
Welcoming the submission of a draft Bill by the commission which recommended up to life imprisonment for the crime, BSP supremo commented:
“This disease is a gift of the intention and policy of the governments of not allowing the establishment of the rule of law. As a result, not only the Dalits, tribals or the religious minorities but people from all sections of the society and police are also becoming a victim of mob lynching,” reports IANS.
“Along with drafting strong laws, the BJP will have to develop strong willpower like the BSP, to strictly enforce the laws. Only then this disease can be curbed,” Mayawati said.
(With agency inputs)