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AIMIM to introduce bill against mob violence in Maharashtra

Mrityunjay Bose, Mumbai, DH News Service, Dec 4 2017, 16:06 IST
President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen Asaduddin Owaisi

President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen Asaduddin Owaisi

In the wake of growing incidents of intolerance leading to mob violence and lynchings in the country, legislators from the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) will bring in a bill in the winter session of the Maharashtra legislature for prevention and punishment for such cases.

The winter session commences in Nagpur on December 11.

AIMIM's Aurangabad MLA Imtiaz Jaleel said, "Mob Violence (Prevention and Punishment) Bill, 2017, is being brought to make a law that provides for punishment of persons involved in lynching or other forms of mob violence. The proposed bill will also include acts of omission by public servants in relation to such acts and to provide procedural safeguards for victims and witnesses of mob violence, including the establishment of special courts."

A former journalist, Jaleel stated that Article 21 of the Constitution protects and safeguards the right to life and liberty of all people living in the country.

AIMIM legislator from Mumbai, Waris Pathan said: "In order to assure citizens of their safety, ensure timely justice for the victims and enable better prevention of such incidents the need for a special legislation aimed at providing special courts, independence in investigation and protection for witnesses and victims has been felt."

"It has been observed that acts of omission of public servants who have the legal authority or obligation to protect victims must be penalised in order to create a deterrent effect and provide for a remedy under the law. The bill will also provide for appropriate compensation to victims of mob violence," said Pathan, a lawyer by profession.

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