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Rajasthan Assembly passes anti-mob lynching bill, convicts to get life imprisonment

'The Rajasthan Protection from Lynching Bill, 2019' was introduced by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal in the state assembly.

Aug 7, 2019 16:18 IST
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Rajasthan Legislative Assembly on August 6, 2019, passed a bill against mob lynching and honour killing in the state. In the case of the victim's death, the bill provides a fine up to Rs 5 lakh and life imprisonment to convicts involved in mob lynching.

'The Rajasthan Protection from Lynching Bill, 2019' was introduced by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal in the state assembly. It was passed by the legislative assembly by a voice vote amid protest by the BJP (opposition party in the state). BJP was asked to refer the bill to a select committee.

Key Highlights

• The bill defines lynching as "an act or series of acts of violence or those of aiding, abetting or attempting an act of violence, whether spontaneous or preplanned, by a mob on the grounds of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth, language, dietary practices, sexual orientation, political affiliation or ethnicity".

• The anti-mob-lynching bill proposes imprisonment up to seven years and a fine up to Rs. 1 lakh in case of the victim suffering simple injuries.

• The convicts will get jail terms up to 10 years and a fine of Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 3 lakh in case of an assault by mob or victim suffering serious injuries.

• In case of victim’s death, the Rajasthan Protection from Lynching Bill, 2019 provides for life imprisonment and a fine from Rs. 1 to 5 lakh to those convicted in cases of mob lynching.

Why anti-mob lynching bill in Rajasthan?

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal told the legislative assembly in his reply that the Bill was introduced to ensure that the incidents of mob lynching are not repeated in the State. Among the total number of mob lynching cases happened in India after 2014, 86% of cases of mob lynching reported in the Rajasthan.

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