India top court calls for new law to control mob violence

India top court calls for new law to control mob violence

The Highest Court in India on Wednesday asked the government to pass a law to control the outbreak of mob violence and increase of lynchings in the past year.

There has been growing unrest in India between the different religious groups. There have been more than 25 mob-related incidents of violence and lynchings in 2018 alone.

In one of these so-called cow vigilante cases [text, PDF], in which mobs are acting to protect the sacred animal, the Highest Court in India has called on the government to create a law that protects all citizens, saying that this increasing rate of mob violence cannot become the new normal.

When any core group with some kind of idea take the law into their own hans, its ushers in anarchy, chaos, disorder and, eventually, there is an emergence of a violent society. Vigilantism cannot, by any stretch of imagination, be give room to take shape, for it is absolutely a perverse notion.

Such a law has not yet been proposed in parliament.