- Research/Scholar Paper name – “Emerging Peril of Mob Lynching in India”
- Author: Siddhi Singh
- Designation: Assistant Professor, Vishwakarma University, Pune
- Affiliation: Centre for Study of Contemporary Legal Issues
- Date of Publication: 16/05/2021
Recently we have heard a lot about lynching incidents in India so to understand the concept, this paper has focused on the evolution of this offence and why there is a need for curbing such mob violence. Tracing the history of mob-lynching, it has come to the knowledge of the researcher that the word ‘lynch’ was originated during American Revolution. This paper tries to evaluate and analyze the guidelines issued by the Supreme Court of India concerning the offence of mob lynching. The Constitution of India is the guarantor and guardian of the fundamental rights of the citizens including the right to life enshrined under Article 21, and therefore it is important to discuss and understand the vitality of the consequences of such offence. This paper not only aims to provide suggestions to prevent this offence but also to create a sense of awareness about the functioning of the administrative system and how the machinery can be challenged to provide effective results.
Hate crime is prevalent in many countries and mob lynching is one of them. This hatred is fuelled by prejudice and biases towards the vulnerable groups belonging to a particular race or religion. This paper aims to evaluate the offence of mob lynching and its negative implications in the welfare of society and also to have an in-depth probe into the functioning of our criminal justice system to make stringent laws for mob lynching. This paper also recommends suggestions regarding the issue of mob lynching through duly proved empirical data.
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