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Mob Lynching in India: A so-called justice, served by the Mob

Author: Nishant Kumar, Student, School of Law, UPES, Dehradun, India

Abstract

India is observing a high rise in cases relating to lynching. Lynching means the death of someone by a mob without legal approval. The major reasons of mob lynching in India are caste, religion, region, politics, witch hunting and intolerance. Ranging from 1857 revolt, 1947 partition, community riots to religious riots have been witnessed of major cases of mob lynching. There is no national law on mob lynching; however, victims have the protection of human rights and constitutional rights to get justice. In this paper, the researcher would study the effect of this on victims of mob lynching and would also look at the methods to be adopted to curb such mental and physical effects. The researcher would be referring to a few of the cases related to mob lynching which shook the world. The researcher would be also focusing on the current legal provisions regarding mob violence, the problems with these provisions and the need for special laws dealing with such violence with the help of doctrinal research. The researcher would also try to find out what are the steps that government is taking for these victims & would also point out the recommendations made by the Supreme Court as well as the bills introduced by the Members of Parliament to curb such violence.


Keywords: Mob Lynching, Supreme court guidelines, State Laws, Remedial Measures.

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