Mamata Banerjee govt passes law against mob lynching with provision of death penalty


The Mamata Banerjee government on Friday passed new legislation in the state assembly to curb mob lynchings in Bengal. The West Bengal (Prevention of Lynching) Bill, 2019 aims to “provide effective protection of the Constitutional rights of vulnerable persons and to prevent the lynching” of innocents.In order to instil fear in the mind of perpetrators of such crime, the new law has provision of the maximum punishment i.e death sentence. If any act of mob lynching results in the death of a victim, the perpetrator shall be punished with death sentence or rigorous imprisonment for life states the law.The bill, passed by a voice vote, in the aftermath of a string of incidents of people getting beaten to death over rumours of cattle smuggling and child theft, carries punishment of a jail term for three years to life imprisonment in cases of assault leading to injury, besides a fine ranging from Rs one lakh to Rs three lakh.