AHMEDABAD – Expanding the ambit of the Section 153 (A) of the Indian Penal Code, the Gujarat government has decided that any action that provokes mob lynching would be covered under this law, entailing a jail term of three years.
Acting upon the recent directives of the Supreme Court to curb mob lynching, the state government has issued special instructions to the police and administration.
As per a government’s release, the Police commissioners and superintendents of police would be made nodal officers in such cases in their respective areas “and it would be their responsibility to control incidents of this nature”.
The IPC section 153 (A) will also cover spread of fake news on social media or any other channel/medium, provocative speeches, provocative or objectionable literature/writings that could hurt sentiments.
On 17th July this year, in Tehseen Poonawalla vs Union of India case, the apex court stated that nobody has the right to take law in their hands in the name of cow protection or compassion to animals or any other reason.
The three-judge bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice D Y Chandrachud had also asked Parliament to frame a special law to tackle the problems posed by cow vigilante groups in various states.
In recent years, dozens of people have been killed in mob lynching on suspicion of cow slaughter, cow smuggling, beef or child lifting. Most of the mob lynching cases have occurred in BJP-ruled states. Gujarat has also witnessed such incidents. The state witnessed a mob lynching case when a woman, suspected to be a child lifter, was beaten to death on 26th June in Ahmedabad.
IPC Section 153 (A):
Section 153A covers promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony. The offender shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.