When Mob Lynchers Run Riot


India is a second most populous country of world. The country embraces almost all major religious communities in its composition. The Hindus and Muslims are by far numerically superior to their counterparts. Apart from this wide geographical extent and varied topography gives rise to multiculturalism. That’s what is oft repeat­edly quoted “Nation in making”.

Britshers left the politically united India, gov­erned by rule of law, but what was left unfulfilled is culturally united nationality. Social cohesion gov­erned by harmonic balance is completely missing in the social composition of India. Our country’s mix­ture is guided by social solidarities where religion , language ,ethnic allegiances are strong to over­ride the national unity. The manifestation of these extreme solidarities are events like mob lynching, communal riots, terrorism etc. The country is facing menace of mob lynching these days.

Lynching is an extrajudicial punishment by an informal group. It is most often used to characterize informal public executions by a mob in order to pun­ish an alleged transgressor, or to intimidate a group.

To a simple explanation the extreme and wanton killing of a man due to illegitimate action of a mob is termed as Mob Lynching. This Lynching is out of those social solidarities which claim perversion of basic core to apparently support the legal view. In its present status the mob lynching incidents are justified on communal orientation or they seem to be performed for religious belief. The Gau Rakshaks support their thesis to protect defamation of cow deemed to be sacred in religion. Nevertheless cow is sacred in Vedas but does they support lynching to prefer killing of human being over rearing of cow? The lackadaisical belief of promoting and thereby safeguarding religion by these events shudders one’s consciousness. The dismal picture of country guided by Gau Rakshaks speaks volumes about the tall claims where human beings are murdered in broad daylight.

Mobocracy, now rampant, has been now hogging the headlines in northern regions of country. They defend the action in terms of perverted religious nar­rative. They fail to grasp the essence of religion and siphon it of its moral character. The essence of al­most all religions of the world promote compassion towards humanity irrespective of religion, , race, caste and gender. Be it Hinduism, Islam or Christi­anity the foundation is humanity through monothe­ism. The philosophy teaches that God is the creator of this universe.

Supreme Court recently took cognizance of this grave matter and declared it “ An act of horrendous mobocracy”. It directed the government to take im­mediate steps for prohibition of this evil practice. In this direction GOI under supervision of Rajnath Singh is looking out in the serious matter to bring law for this. However government is not more than a facilitator and regulator although steps need to be expedited on government’s part but citizenry should also play its part.

The executive machinery should be depoliti­cized from the entire case. The provisions of mak­ing DC and SP directly responsible for such events be inscribed and enforced immediately. Law and order shall be strictly enforced. Concerned SHO be permissibly held responsible for any sort of cal­lous negligence on his part. Recent cry over illegal involvement of Rajasthan police in mob lynching death is a case in point. Apart from this long drawn strategy, onus lies with religious preachers and politicians. After all the incidents are correlated to politics which prim pumps it with necessary impe­tus for performance.

Shahid Majeed Mir

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