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Harsh Mander Files PIL with Jharkhand HC, Seeks Directions To Curb Mob Lynching

Mander’s PIL comes in the wake of mob violence in Jharkhand where 24-year-old Tabrez Ansari was thrashed by a mob for over 18 hours.

Social activist Harsh Mander has filed a Public Interest Litigation petition in the Jharkhand High Court seeking measures to curb incidents of mob violence and lynching. Mander’s PIL comes in the wake of mob violence in Jharkhand where 24-year-old Tabrez Ansari was thrashed by a mob here for alleged theft and was forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman”. He was beaten up for over 18 hours before being handed over to the police. He later succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital.

Activist Harsh Mander

The petition, per a report in Live Law, has sought for implementation of the directions issued by the Supreme Court on July 17, 2018, for controlling mob lynching. The apex court had directed states to take specific preventive, punitive and remedial measures to curb lynching, observing that “rising intolerance and growing polarisation expressed through a spate of incidents of mob violence cannot be permitted to become the normal way of life or the normal state of law and order.”

In the PIL, Mander has sought for compliance of the SC directions by seeking:

  1. A lynching/mob-violence victim compensation scheme in the light of the provisions of Section 357A of CrPC.
  2. Designation of a court in all districts for trying lynching cases on a day-to-day basis and concluding the trial within six months from the date of cognisance.
  3. Broadcast on television, radio and other media platforms and also on official websites of the Home Department and the Jharkhand Police that mob violence and lynching shall invite serious consequences.
  4. To ensure that all families of Lynching victim receive commensurate compensation.
Stop Mob Violence: Hindu brethren extend solidarity with Muslims, the victimized community

The Jharkhand mob violence incident has received widespread political attention. Congress president Rahul Gandhi termed the incident a “blot on humanity”, TMC’s Mahua Moitra said in Parliament, “The lynching of citizens in broad daylight is being condoned. From Pehlu Khan in Rajasthan last year to Mr Ansari in Jharkhand yesterday, the list is not stopping.”

TMC’s Saugata Roy too called it an example of religious intolerance. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi was forced to tweet about the incident, albeit his response seemed half-hearted. He said that while the attack pained him, it was not fair to insult the entire state for it.

Update | News Central 2019

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