New Delhi: The government announced on Monday that Home Minister Rajnath Singh will head a panel of ministers to look into new laws to curb mob lynching incidents.
Based on the recommendations of a high-level committee led by the Union Home Secretary, the panel will submit its report to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The move comes amid the outrage over the growing incidents of mob killings, including the Alwar lynching, across the country. A man was killed in Alwar on suspicion of smuggling cattle.
last week, the Supreme Court, while hearing a plea filed by an activist, had urged the government to create a separate offence for lynching and provide adequate punishment.
"We think it appropriate to recommend ... to parliament to create a separate offence for lynching and provide adequate punishment for the same... A special law in this field would instil a sense of fear," the court said in its judgment.
The court had asked the Narendra Modi government to report back within four weeks.
"The horrendous acts of 'mobocracy' cannot be permitted to inundate the law of the land," the judgment said.