Ranchi: The list of mob lynching victims is long in Jharkhand. From 12-year-old Imtiyaz Khan, young Tabrez Ansari to middle-aged Alimuddin Ansari all kinds of people become a victim of it. And it is not that only Muslims were targeted, Tribals and Dalits were also lynched for one of the other reasons.
One Gupta family in Jamshedpur had also lost three members of its family because of two incidents in one night in the district in which seven people were killed.
During the assembly polls, 2019 Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren had promised that if they come to power, they will make a bill against the heinous crime.
Fulfilling one of his election promises, Jharkhand’s Hemant Soren-led gathbandhan government brought the Prevention of Mob Violence and Mob lynching Bill 2021. While doing so, it becomes the only third Indian state besides Bengal and Rajasthan. Between the year 2016 to 2019, Jharkhand had witnessed at least 22 mob lynching deaths in the state.
If it gets implemented after the governor’s nod, the accused will be punished from three years to life imprisonment. The new law will punish the spreader, who will share such contents if established. The victims will also be compensated. By leveling accusations of beef selling, cattle trade, motorbike and child theft to witchcraft, several innocent people were killed by the so-called vigilantes in Jharkhand. Hope it will end the most inhuman crime in the state.
Bengal and Rajasthan are the only two other states which have passed laws against mob lynchings in their state.
While informing about the bill getting passed at Jharkhand Assembly, CM Soren claimed that to maintain peace in the society, it was necessary to bring legislation against the lynchings because of which several people are losing their lives. only a few days ahead of the bill getting passed, a Dalit man was lynched in Giridih district.
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