In Jharkhand, under the Act of Mob Violence and Mob Lynching Bill, 2021, there is a provision of punishment ranging from three years to life imprisonment in addition to fine and attachment of properties for those found guilty of mob violence. It has become the third state after West Bengal and Rajasthan to pass such a bill.
Ranchi: The Jharkhand Assembly on Tuesday passed the Mob Violence and Mob Lynching Bill, 2021 by voice vote to deal strictly with the cases of mob lynching.
This bill will become a law after getting the assent of the governor, under which those involved in such violence and its perpetrators will be punished with imprisonment for life from three years.
The bill was passed by voice vote despite opposition from the BJP.
It has become the third state after West Bengal and Rajasthan to pass such a bill.
When this bill becomes law, there is a provision of punishment ranging from three years to life imprisonment, apart from fine and attachment of properties for those found guilty of mob violence.
Apart from this, the law also provides for imprisonment of up to three years and fine for those creating a hostile environment.
Definition of hostile environment includes threatening or coercing the victim, family members of the victim, witness or any person providing assistance to the witness/victim.
Not only this, arrangements have also been made to give financial compensation to the victim’s family in the new law.
In favor of the bill, the government said that this bill has been brought to stop mob violence. Under this law, an FIR will be registered against those responsible for sharing any information in an irresponsible manner, creating a hostile environment for the victims and witnesses.
Introducing the bill in the House, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Alamgir Alam said, “Its main objective is to provide effective security to the people, protect constitutional rights and prevent mob violence.”
During the debate on the bill, the main opposition BJP introduced several amendments which were sidelined by the government by voice vote.
BJP leader and former Speaker CP Singh accused the state government of bringing this bill in haste to appease minorities.
Although many cases of mob violence have been coming to the fore in Jharkhand, but mob lynching in the state came to the fore in 2019 when 24-year-old Tabrez Ansari was beaten up with a rope by a mob in Seraikela Kharsawan district on suspicion of goat theft. He died.
In the 2019 assembly elections in Jharkhand, Chief Minister Hemant Soren had condemned incidents of mob violence and promised to bring a law against it.
Earlier this year, the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha-led government had decided to set up district-level committees to deal with such cases after a rebuke from the High Court.
(with input from news agency language)
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