20/08/2018 1:16 PM IST | Updated 20/08/2018 1:16 PM IST

Mob Lynchings: Government Committee Told To Mull Changes To IPC, CrPC And Set Up Relief Fund

Making mob lynchings a non-bailable offense was also suggested.

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People shout anti-government slogans during a protest against what the demonstrators say are recent mob lynchings across the country, in Ahmedabad, India, July 23, 2018. REUTERS/Amit Dave

The high level committee set up to come up with measures to curb mob lynchings in India have been suggested to make changes to the IPC and CrPC to make laws against such incidents stronger.

The suggestions have come from a group headed by the Union Home Minister to make recommendations to the high level committee set up by the government in accordance with the direction from the Supreme Court.

A report in The Indian Express says that group has also suggested making lynchings non-bailable, setting up special courts to fast track the cases and set up a relief fund for the families of victims.

The relief, the group suggested, would come from a Central fund.

The report said that the group will submit the draft report of the measures to the panel — set up by the Ministry of Home Affairs and headed by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba to check mob lynchings.

The report also said that the group also spoke to the police and other authorities of law and order before making the recommendations.

The government on 23 July had said that it was committed to upholding the rule of law and adopting effective measures to curb such incidents and hence set up the high level committee.

These recommendations come at a time when India has seen several mob lynching incidents related to cow vigilantism.

Rakbar Khan, 28 years old, was beaten to death by a vigilante mob in Alwar in July on suspicions of cow smuggling.

In June, Qasim, a cattle trader, was beaten to death and another man Samiuddinwas severely beaten up by a mob on rumours of cow slaughter.

India has seen several more cases of lynchings in the last four years.