BJP govt turning Hindustan into 'Lynchistan': opposition

Posted August 01, 2017

The Lok Sabha saw a heated debate on cow vigilantism and lynching on Monday, with the Opposition accusing the Centre of complicity and the treasury benches accusing the Opposition of "enacting a drama" in the name of secularism.

The government asserted that mob-lynching or anything related to it was "unacceptable" and noted that the Prime Minister has himself condemned this several times while terming the acts as the "worst form of crime".

He said the incidents of mob lynchings were not coming down.

Earlier, initiating the discussion, Mallikarjun Kharge of Congress expressed concern over such incidents and blamed government for failure to check such crimes.

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"Hindustan should not be allowed to become lynchistan", he said and asked the government to give details of action taken against the accused.

But members of the Congress, Left parties, Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal and Asaduddin Owaisi of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) were not satisfied with the minister's remarks. If the Prime Minister has appealed, that should be respected. "Does the Opposition want the Prime Minister to break the federal structure and the Centre to take over?" he asked.

All-India Trinamool Congress MPs protested, to which Mr. Rijiju said the figures were sent by State governments.

He demanded a separate "manav suraksha kanoon", or human protection law, to deal with such incidents, saying the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) and the Indian Penal Code (IPC) don't define lynching.

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BJP-ruled Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh had become centresof mob lynching, he said, adding that such incidents wouldbecome a major threat to the nation's integrity. They raise issues like attack on churches. "We ask the Prime Minister - you say one thing and do something else", Kharge said, and demanded that the government reveal how many cases of mob lynching had taken place and how many people had been booked for them. The Minister also said that the opposition is raising such issues as they are devoid of any real issues.

While comparing the national song to mob lynching, Hukumdev raised Vande Mataram issue and said, "Why is it wrong to say Vande Mataram these days?" "He says something and does something else", Mr. Kharge said, seeking to know how many First Information Reports had been filed and how numerous accused were in jail.

"It took three day for the Haryana Chief Minister to condemn the incident in Bahadurgarh".

Nationalist Congress Party's Supriya Sule said the house should stand united against such incidents.

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