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Jharkhand’s Anti-lynching Bill Will Include Strict Penalties, Including the Death Penalty for Guilty

The state of Jharkhand is preparing to pass anti-mob lynching legislation. The ‘Prevention of Lynching’ bill has been drafted. Continue reading.

Jharkhand is preparing to pass legislation to prohibit mob lynchings. The “Prevention of Lynching” bill has been written. It is expected to be introduced during the winter session of the state legislature. The bill will impose harsh penalties on those found guilty of mob lynching. The prisoner would be sentenced to a harsh life sentence or the death penalty, according to the bill.

The law includes a provision for a fine of not less than Rs 10 lakh if the victim dies. The Legislative Assemblies of West Bengal and Rajasthan have already passed similar legislation. Minister for Minority Affairs in Jharkhand, Hafizul Hasan, told ANI, “This is for everyone. The process of drafting legislation is currently underway… The law is intended to deter future incidents such as mob lynchings by instilling fear in those who commit such crimes. This fear was much lower under the previous administration. After this law is implemented, such incidents will decrease.”

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Jharkhand is planning to introduce an anti-mob lynching bill

The West Bengal Assembly passed a bill in 2019 to prevent and punish mob assaults and lynchings. With the support of Congress and the Treasury benches, the West Bengal (Prevention of Lynching) Bill, 2019, was passed. “Nodal officers” will be established to “monitor and coordinate the prevention of lynching,” according to the bill, which includes a death penalty provision. It suggests that people who assault and injure another person face prison sentences ranging from three years to life. According to the Bill, which defines terms like “lynching” and “mob,” the West Bengal Lynching Compensation Scheme could be established under this Act.

Jharkhand's Anti-lynching Bill news
Jharkhand’s Anti-lynching Bill news

In 2019, the Rajasthan legislative assembly passed a bill that mandates life imprisonment and a fine ranging from Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 5 lakh for anyone convicted of mob lynching that results in the victim’s death. Despite the Opposition BJP’s loud protests and demands that the Bill be referred to a select committee, the Vidhan Sabha passed the ‘Rajasthan Protection against Lynching Bill, 2019’ on a voice vote. The bill was introduced in the state legislature by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal.

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In Jharkhand, there may be a case of mob lynching

Six members of a family were arrested last Friday for allegedly killing a 35-year-old man who had come to their home for robbery, according to police. Sunil Pasi and two other people had gone to Dashrath Mahato’s house to rob him. Two others were able to flee the scene, but the owner apprehended Pasi. “He was apprehended by the owner (Dashrath Mahato), and he was beaten by six people, including the owner. On the basis of information, police went to Mahato’s house and rushed him to the hospital.

He was declared dead by the doctors “Giridih Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Naudhad Alam said. According to Alam, a complaint has been filed and six people have been arrested. The defendants include Dashrath Mahato, Hiralal Mahato, Ghanshyam Mahato, Jagdish Mahato, Narayan Mahato, and Gajadar Mahato. In total, 14 people have been charged by the police, including the six people who have been arrested. Authorities are investigating whether or not it was a mob lynching.

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