Congress on Tuesday has proposed a Law against the rising number of mob engineered hate crimes in India since last few years. The election manifesto of Congress for 2019 LS Polls says, “We will pass a new law in the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha and in the Rajya Sabha to prevent and punish hate crimes such as mob-engineered stripping, burning, and lynching”.
The proposed law will contain provisions to compensate victims and to hold the police and district administration accountable for proven negligence. It was on September 28, 2015, Mohammed Akhlaq, a 52-year-old Muslim man was pulled out of his house and lynched to death by a fear-mongering mob. They accused him of keeping cow meat in his house. Since then, numerous cases of mob lynchings and hate crimes have been happening all over India. Muslims and Dalits were mainly targetted by these mobs. African students in different parts of India were also attacked. These kinds of islamophobic and xenophobic atrocities have been condemned from different spheres of society.
Congress has been alleging that cases of lynching and mob violence have increased significantly under the BJP rule and no strong action is taken against the perpetrators of such crimes. The government has categorically rejected all such allegations and said strong action has been taken whenever such cases have occurred.