Mob violence: Home Ministry issues advisory to state governments

New Delhi: The Union home ministry on Thursday issued an advisory to the states asking them to take measures to prevent incidents of mob lynching as a result of rumours of child lifting circulating on social media. The advisory came a day after the Supreme Court termed lynchings as unacceptable crimes. The SC has said that it is the responsibility of state governments to prevent mob violence.

The home ministry urged the state governments to keep a watch for early detection of such rumours and initiate effective measures for countering them. They were also asked to identify vulnerable areas and conduct community outreach programmes for creating awareness and building confidence.

According to the Week, the home ministry also asked the states to properly investigate the complaints of child abduction or kidnapping in order to instil confidence among the affected persons.