The Supreme Court of India has taken cognizance of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by the National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW) concerning the alarming rise in lynching and mob violence incidents targeting Muslims, particularly by self-proclaimed ‘cow vigilantes.’
The PIL highlights the persistence of such incidents despite the court’s landmark Tehseen Poonawalla ruling in 2018, which had laid down comprehensive guidelines for the prevention of lynching and mob violence.
A bench comprising Justices BR Gavai and JB Pardiwala issued a notice seeking responses from the Union home ministry and the police chiefs of several states, including Maharashtra, Orissa, Rajasthan, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and Haryana.
Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, representing NFIW, expressed concern that approaching individual high courts would yield little results for the victims of mob lynching, citing the slow process of obtaining compensation as per the previous court ruling. The bench acknowledged the seriousness of the matter and proceeded to issue the notice.
The court’s decision to address the matter through the PIL reflects the ongoing efforts to combat mob violence and enforce the principles laid down in the Tehseen Poonawalla judgment, while also considering the necessity for a more comprehensive and effective approach to protect the rights and safety of all citizens.
Source: Live Law