New Delhi 18, July 2018: Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) welcomed the verdict of Supreme Court of India today in the case of lynching incidents. SDPI National President M.K. Faizy said in a statement, "It has been a crisis for the Muslim minority community as well as the marginalized Dalit community facing life threatening for years in the hands of Hindutwa fascist groups across the nation. The Hindutwa goons have always enjoyed impunity evading law and order during communal riots and lynching incidents in the name of cow protection and so on. SDPI has been expressing its concern over the law enforcing agencies’ as they are either turning blind eyes or are under the political influence when it comes taking action against the Sangh Parivar goons. The rampant lynchings were one of the major problems, faced by India without a way out from menace of unruly murderous mob, motivated by the politics of hate. Now, the Apex court’s judgment in this regard will be of great relief, said Faizy.
The bench comprising the hon'ble Chief Justice Dipak Misra, justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Dr. D.Y. Chadrachud said in the operative portion of the judgment, "We may emphatically note that it is axiomatic that it is the duty of the State to ensure that the machinery of law and order functions efficiently and effectively in maintaining peace so as to preserve our quintessentially secular ethos and pluralistic social fabric in a democratic set-up governed by rule of law. In times of chaos and anarchy, the State has to act positively and responsibly to safeguard and secure the constitutional promises to its citizens. 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 State cannot turn a deaf ear to the growing rumblings of its People, since its concern, to quote Woodrow Wilson, "must ring with the voices of the people." The exigencies of the situation require us to sound a clarion call for earnest action to strengthen our inclusive and all-embracing social order which would, in turn, reaffirm the constitutional faith. We expect nothing more and nothing less".
"Apart from the directions we have given hereinbefore and what we have expressed, we think it appropriate to recommend to the legislature, that is, the Parliament, to create a separate offence for lynching and provide adequate punishment for the same. We have said so as a special law in this field would instill a sense of fear for law amongst the people who involve themselves in such kinds of activities. There can be no trace of doubt that 45 fear of law and veneration for the command of law constitute the foundation of a civilized society", hon'ble justices further said.
The court ordered to list this case again on 20th August 2018 for further directions.
"We would like to congratulate the apex court for establishing the justice and upholding the faith of the victims. SDPI believes the verdict would heal the prolonged wounds of voiceless people and check the menace of the unruly mob", M.K. Faizy added.