Anti-lynching legislation: Ministers’ group discusses panel recommendations to check lynching incidents

Anti-lynching legislation: Ministers’ group discusses panel recommendations to check lynching incidents

The panel is also believed to have recommended tightening of law by inserting clauses in the Indian Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure through parliamentary approval.

THE FIRST meeting of the Group of Ministers (GoM), headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, on Wednesday discussed the recommendations of a panel set up to suggest ways to check incidents of lynching, officials said.

The panel is believed to have recommended tightening of law by inserting clauses in the Indian Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure through parliamentary approval.

The GoM is expected to hold more meetings over the next few weeks to finalise its recommendations and would subsequently forward the same to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a final decision, the official said.

The GoM comprises External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot. Home Minister Rajnath Singh heads the GoM.

The GoM and the committee of secretaries were set up after around 40 people were lynched in nine states over the past one year. In July, the Home Ministry had issued advisories to states and Union Territories following Supreme Court’s directives to check incidents of lynching.



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