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Changes to be made in IPC, CrPC for lynching laws: Amit Shah
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Changes to be made in IPC, CrPC for lynching laws: Amit Shah

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New Delhi, Dec 4 : Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday told the Rajya Sabha that recommendations have been sent to state Governors and Lt Governors to make necessary changes in Indian Penal Code and CrPC for dealing with lynching incidents.

Replying during Question Hour to questions and supplementaries on laws to deal with mob lynching, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said, 'I have given letters to Lt Governors, Governors to send their suggestions to us. Then we will take the necessary action and keep Supreme Court's decision on lynching in mind.' He said a Group of Ministers was constituted by the Centre to deliberate on mob lynching matter and make recommendations.

'It is right to say that there is no definition of mob under the Indian Penal Code. Death sentence is the final punishment that can be one sentenced too. The government has already intimated Governors on this,' Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said. He said, 'Lynching incidents can be dealt with under Section 300 and 302 of IPC. Sec 302 provides that whoever commits murder shall be punished with death or imprisonment for life and shall be liable for
fine.'

The Minister said an advisory date July 4, 2018 was issued to the state and UTs to keep watch on circulation of fake news and rumours having potential of inciting violence, take all required measures to counter them effectively and to deal firmly with persons taking law into their own hands.' Mr Rai said advisories were issued to the state governments and UTs for taking measures to curb incidents of mob lynching in the country.

He informed the House that the Government has also sensitised the service providers to take steps to check the propagation of false news and rumours having potential to incite mob violence and lynching. The Mos Home also said National Crime Records Bureau has for the first time collected data on some new additional parameters or crime heads, including mob lynching for 2017, but it was observed that the data was unreliable and their definitions were prone to misinterpretations. So the Bureau did not consider to publish it separately. (UNI)