West Bengal passes Bill against lynching

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The law has provision for death sentence

Lynching is described as “social malice”, by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee appealed to the Centre and other State governments to bring similar legislation.

The West Bengal Assembly on Friday passed a Bill to prevent and punish mob assaults and lynching. The West Bengal (Prevention of Lynching) Bill, 2019 was passed with Left and Congress legislators joining the Treasury benches in supporting it.

The legislation, which has provision for the death sentence, says “nodal officers” will be appointed to “monitor and coordinate prevention of lynchings”.

Any lynchers may get a jail term from three years to life for those involved in assaulting and injuring a person.

The Bill, while defining terms such as “lynching” and “mob”, says the West Bengal Lynchings Compensation Scheme may be framed under this Act.

The statement of objects and reasons of the Bill referred to a Supreme Court judgment dated July 17, 2018 in the case of Tehseen S. Poonawalla vs Union of India, and said the legislation was an attempt to “nip the evil in the bud and to prevent spreading of hatred or incidents of mob lynching.”

Mamata Banerjee is an Indian politician who has served as the 8th and current Chief Minister of West Bengal since 2011 being the first woman to hold the office. She founded the party All India Trinamool Congress (AITC or TMC) in 1998 after separating from the Indian National Congress, and became its chairperson.She is often referred to as Didi (meaning: elder sister in Hindi and Bengali).

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