Centre Should have Brought Law Against Lynching, Says Mamata as Bengal Passes New Law
'Lynching is a social evil and the Supreme Court has given direction to take action against lynching,' Mamata Banerjee told the Assembly.
West Bengal Chief Minster Mamata Banerjee at an Iftar party during the holy month of Ramadan, in Kolkata, Monday, June 3, 2019. (PTI)
Kolkata: The West Bengal assembly Friday passed a bill to check incidents of mob assaults and lynching and criminalised such actions.
The West Bengal (Prevention of Lynching) Bill, 2019 was tabled in the House on Friday and supported by the opposition Congress and CPI(M). The BJP, which has emerged as the main opposition party, neither supported nor opposed the bill as it felt that the legislation may be used for settling political scores.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday the state government has brought The West Bengal (Prevention of Lynching) Bill, 2019 as the Centre did not introduce any law against it.
"Lynching is a social evil and all of us have to come together to fight against it. "The central government should have brought a law against it. But they are yet to do so. So we are bringing this law in our state to fight against this social evil," she said tabling the bill in the House.
Lynching is a social evil and the Supreme Court has given direction to take action against lynching. she told the Assembly.
The Bill aims to protect the constitutional rights of vulnerable persons and prevent incidents of lynching. It also proposes action against those involved in perpetrating the crime.
The legislation also pitches for a jail term, which may vary from three years to life for those involved in assaulting and injuring a victim.
In case of death of the victim, persons responsible for the incident would be punished with rigorous life imprisonment and fine up to Rs 5 lakh, the bill said.
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