Supreme Court asked Center, States to publicise steps taken to restrict cow vigilantism, mob lynching

Supreme Court asked Center, States to publicise steps taken to restrict cow vigilantism, mob lynching

Supreme Court asked all the states, centre and Union Territories to give wide publicity to the directions given to restrict cow vigilantism as people must realise that mob violence and taking the law into their hands will invite “wrath of law”.

The apex court asked them to put the information on measures to curb the mob violence on their websites so that people know the recourse available to them. A three-judge bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud gave this direction.

The top court also granted a week’s time to eight states and Union Territories to comply with its directions on curbing cow vigilantism and mob lynching.

The court had said the states shall designate, a senior police officer, not below the rank of superintendent of police, as nodal officer in each district for taking measures to prevent incidents of mob violence and lynching.

They shall constitute a special task force so as to procure intelligence reports about the people who are likely to commit such crimes or who are involved in spreading hate speeches, provocative statements and fake news.