Two MPs bring private Bill against lynching

Tharoor denied permission to table the legislation in the Lok Sabha; Tulsi tables his in Rajya Sabha
Ahead of the government which is still consulting stakeholders to cast a law against lynching, Shashi Tharoor, Lok Sabha member of the Congress, and K.T.S. Tulsi, a nominated Rajya Sabha member, introduced a private member’s Bill in Parliament on Friday. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan did not allow Mr. Tharoor to table the Bill in the Lok Sabha, arguing that law and order was a State subject and it was not for the Lok Sabha to debate it. Mr. Tulsi’s Bill was tabled in the Rajya Sabha.
The Bill introduced by the two gives a detailed definition of what constitutes lynching. It suggests that the minimum punishment should be seven-year jail term and the highest, life imprisonment, depending on the gravity of the offence. It has provisions to deal with “creation of a hostile environment”. They include incidents where a Minister felicitates a lynching accused. “The Bill also talks about protecting the victim and witnesses. If witnesses are not protected, then nobody will come forward and the courts will not be able to arrive at the truth,” Mr. Tulsi explained.
Mr. Tulsi and Mr. Tharoor said the government was trying to shirk responsibility by claiming law and order was a State subject. The two will send their draft to Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
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