Lynchings point to breakdown of the rule of law

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  • July 22, 2020
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Lynchings point to breakdown of the rule of law

Part of: GS Mains II – Governance issues; Social issue; Rule of law 

In news: 

  • In previous DNA article, we read that three people, alleged cattle thieves suspected to be Bangladeshi nationals, were lynched in Assam. 
  • According to the National Crime Records Bureau’s 2017 data which was released in October 2019, Assam has one of the highest crime rates in the country. 
  • Anecdotal trends suggest a spike in mob lynchings in recent years, often incited by malicious dissemination of false accusations of cow slaughter, kidnapping of children and theft, through social media. 

Key points for Mains: 

  • Suppressing of data: The NCRB did collect data on lynchings in 2017 but did not publish. 
  • The victims are invariably from vulnerable groups. 
  • Lynchings  must have no place in a democratic society. 
  • Lynchings are a uniquely unsettling derailment of governance. 
  • Act of mob violence is a sign of failure of law enforcement. 

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