No separate data with Union govt on mob lynchings: Home ministry in Parliament

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In the Lok Sabha, the Ministry of Home Affairs said that no data is maintained on mob lynching.

“No separate data of mob lynchings was maintained by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). The NCRB publishes crime data from all the States/Union Territories under various crime heads which are defined under the Indian Penal Code and Special and Local Laws”: MoS Home Nityanand Rai said in Lok Sabha about the number of cases of mob lynching across India.

His statement was in response to a question on mob lynchings by Lok Sabha member from Kerala Hibi Eden.

Kerala MP Eden’s question raised the issue of the requirement of a special law to deal with offences like mob lynching.

Since 2014 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power, Muslim organisations and rights groups have been complaining about Muslims coming under attack amid a resurgence of right-wing Hindu agenda.

Mob lynchings in India are the products of systematic incitement to violence by Hindu nationalists against Muslims, other religious minorities and Dalits and Adivasis.

A number of BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have been accused by critics of maintaining silence on the issue of mob killings.