Hope PM’s remarks on lynchings are followed by punitive measures: Mehbooba

Mehbooba Mufti at press conference. Photo: ReutersFormer Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday expressed hope that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement condemning mob lynching incidents in the country would be followed by concrete steps and punitive measures against the culprits.Mob lynching has become a dominant discourse and its near- normalisation has marked a new low for the democracy in India. I hope the PM’s statement condemning it is followed by concrete steps and punitive measures against the culprits, Mehbooba wrote on Twitter.In response to a question on the issue of cow vigilantism and incidents of mob lynching, Prime Minister Modi, in an interview to a leading national daily, said “it is very sad that we keep hearing about such incidents.”Referring to various advisories by the Centre to states on the issue, Modi said, “I want to make it clear that mob lynching is a crime, no matter the motive. No person can, under any circumstances, take the law into his or her hands and commit violence.”

“State governments need to adopt effective measures to prevent mob violence and lynching, protect innocent citizens irrespective of caste, creed, place, time and religion, and take stringent action against the perpetrators of such violence,” he said.

Source: Business Standard