Rajasthan Assembly passes anti-mob lynching Bill; convicts face life imprisonment, Rs 5 lakh fine

The Rajasthan legislative assembly on Monday passed a bill providing for life imprisonment and a fine up to Rs 5 lakh to convicts in cases of mob lynching involving the victims death. The Rajasthan Protection from Lynching Bill, 2019 was passed by the Vidhan Sabha by a voice vote amid vociferous protest by the opposition BJP, which wanted the Bill to be referred to a select committee. The Bill was introduced by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal in the state assembly last week. Responding to the debate on the bill, Dhariwal Monday told the House that though there are provisions in the Indian Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code to deal with the cases of mob lynching incidents, they are not adequate. Accordingly, the government has brought in the Bill to provide for strict punishment to curb such incidents, he said. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had announced to bring in the Bill while replying to the debate on state Budget on July 16.