Panel submits report on possible new law on mob lynching

Panel submits report on possible new law on mob lynching

Courtesy : Agencies31/08/2018 22:10

A panel headed by Home Secretary Rajeev Gauba has prepared a report on the possibility of a new law to target the menace of mob lynching, and presented it to a Group of Ministers (GoM). It has also issued guidelines to social media platforms to check rumours and hate mongering. The panel's recommendations are likely to be taken up by the GoM headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, sources said.

The panel met representatives of various social media platforms, and asked them to set up a portal to let people register complaints regarding objectionable content. "It was felt that further measures are required for monitoring content and cyber policing has to step up. A balance between privacy monitoring should be maintained," said an official.

The GoM and the secretarial panel was set up after a recent Supreme Court judgment asked Parliament to consider enacting a new law to deal with mob lynching. The GoM — whose members are External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot will now submit its recommendations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a final decision, a home ministry official said.

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