Srinagar:In a big crackdown on lynching incidents in India, the Supreme Court of India on Tuesday asked the Centre to create a separate law to deal with vigilante-related crimes and treat it as a separate offence, Financial express reported.
The Supreme Court, while hearing a PIL, ruled that no ‘citizen can take law into his hands nor become law unto himself’. The apex court ruled that it is the duty of state to ensure maintenance of law and order so as to protect secular ethos and prevent mobocracy.
The Supreme Court also condemned recent incidents of lynching. The apex court ruled that lynching has to be dealt with as a special and separate offence, and recommends enactment of law in the regard.
In its previous hearing, the top court had ruled that state machinery responsible for keeping a check on all kind of vigilantism, including lynching in the name of cow protection.
Led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, the Supreme Court bench had said that vigilantism is a law and order issue and that each state has to be responsible for such acts.