New Delhi (Sputnik) — India's apex court on Tuesday asked the Narendra Modi-led government to frame a law to deal with the increasing incidences of lynching and mob violence across the country. In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court of India said that brutal acts of "mobocracy" cannot be allowed to become a new norm in the country.
"The horrendous acts of mobocracy cannot be permitted to inundate the law of the land. Earnest action and concrete steps have to be taken to protect the citizens from the recurrent pattern of violence which cannot be allowed to become 'the new normal,' the court said in a judgment that was delivered following over a dozen cases of lynching fueled mostly by rumors circulated on social media including Facebook-owned WhatsApp.
SC directs Centre and States to effectively curb mob lynching incidents. pic.twitter.com/TXhlUzqlCX— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) July 17, 2018
A three-member bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said that the state could not turn a deaf ear to the growing rumblings of its people and that it was the obligation of the state to ensure that the "pluralistic social fabric" of the country holds against mob violence.
On July 3 this year, the bench had reserved its judgment on a string of writ petitions filed by Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla and Tushar Gandhi, in light of rising instances of cow vigilantism.
The Indian government had earlier asked Facebook to find ways to curb rumors that led to panic and mob lynchings across the country. Last week, WhatsApp published full-page ads in the country's leading English and Hindi newspapers, giving readers 10 tips to spot messages that might be fake.
"Fake news often goes viral" one of the adverts read.
"Just because a message is shared many times does not make it true," read another ad.