Narendra Modi must act decisively to stop lynchings across India – Editorial
Numbers seldom lie. When they are not tweaked, they can be harbingers of bitter truths. A recent set of data put together by a non-governmental organization has shown that 17 of the 44 incidents of lynching – the new rash that is spreading unchecked across New India – took place in Jharkhand.…
Such acts of omission – the BJP’s critics allege that they are proof of political complicity – may have emboldened the perpetrators. Among other failures, it has been reported that Jharkhand is yet to implement some of the crucial components of the guidelines issued by the Supreme Court to combat the contagion. Accountability is not being uniformly demanded of police officers; designated courts, regular hearings and compensation for victims are rare occurrences too.
The real reason for such tardiness has to be the lamentable absence of an administrative will to crack down on criminals. Such political inertia is unacceptable; it must be criticized in the harshest of terms.… Mr Modi must act decisively to stop lynchings across India.
- I wish PM Modi had pointed out that without rule of law there can be no democracy – By Tavleen Singh (Jun 30, 2019, Indian Express)
- India Take Heed, Lynchings are Crimes Against Humanity Under International Law – By Priya Pillai (Jul 4, 2019, The Wire)
- Jharkhand mob lynching: Social media, TV news and lack of faith in institutions eroding individual identities, morality – By Samrat (Jul 2, 2019, First Post)
- Psychology of a Lynch Mob – By Tarique Anwar (Jul 3, 2019, News Click)