Content of the Bill Summary:
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”. It imposes varying degree of punishment ranging from 7 years imprisonment and Rs. 1 lakh fine in cases of simple injuries of the victim, and up to a maximum of life imprisonment and Rs. 5 lakh in cases of death of the victim. Planning or conspiracy to lynching will be given the same punishment, and the bill includes punishments for those impeding justice. The bill requires the appointment of a nodal officer to prevent lynchings at the rank of Inspector or higher. The bill also provides a compensation package to the families of the victim as well as directions to the state for the rehabilitation of the family, setting up of relief camps for all victims of the violence.
Critique of the Bill:
Pehlu Khan case
Ashok Gehlot, present CM said that the Rajasthan government will monitor the court proceedings of cases like those of Pehlu Khan’s. “In the Pehlu Khan case, the previous govt intentionally shielded the accused. Now this heinous crime will be investigated separately. A monitoring cell will be created to probe this crime,” said Gehlot.
Pehlu Khan’s younger son, Mubarik who drives a lorry said, “I have invested nine months of my earning in pursuing the case in court. When I heard about the judgment I was shattered. Two of my brothers stay at home and not earn because of the court case. Justice is denied because police diluted the case and produced no evidence.”