Activists & student leaders discuss lynch mob culture

ST Correspondent
Friday, 9 June 2017

PUNE: Tehseen Poonawalla, Shehla Rashid, Kanhaiya Kumar and Jignesh Mevani jointly addressed a press conference on Friday to announce launch of a sustained campaign against cultural terrorism in the form of mob-lynching that is poisoning the country and allegedly being encouraged by people in positions of power.

PUNE: Tehseen Poonawalla, Shehla Rashid, Kanhaiya Kumar and Jignesh Mevani jointly addressed a press conference on Friday to announce launch of a sustained campaign against cultural terrorism in the form of mob-lynching that is poisoning the country and allegedly being encouraged by people in positions of power.

Commenting on the situation, these leaders said that the government was either directly responsible for this murderous situation in the country or was entirely incapable of handling the situation. Student leader Shehla Rashid said the way lynch mobs have taken over the country signals a total breakdown of law and order and calls for urgent response on part of the Central government. It is the government’s responsibility to ensure that law and order is upheld.

Activist and student leader Kanhaiya Kumar said that they are not here to protest. “We are here to help the government to curb the mob-lynching environment that is poisoning our country. If the government is sincere in fighting this utter breakdown of rule-of-law, it must agree to our demand of enacting a special legislation to curb mob-lynching. We, as young citizens of India, have come together to fulfill our duty of upholding the rule-of-law and Constitution,” said Kumar.

Entrepreneur and activist, Tehseen Poonawalla, on whose petition the Supreme Court recently issued a notice to the Central government regarding ban on vigilante groups, said, “The need of our times is a specific law to deal with vigilantism. The government must promulgate an ordinance and make lynching a non-bailable offence with punishment up to life imprisonment. The local police officer, in whose jurisdiction lynchings take place, must be suspended immediately and a judicial inquiry must be initiated. If the government fails to enact a law in the stipulated period, lakhs of farmers, cattle grazers and dairy farmers will leave their cattle at the PM’s residence.”

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