SC tells states that Cow vigilantism must stop

Lester Mason
Сентября 6, 2017

Responding to it, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said 'We know laws are there, but what action has been taken? Representing the Centre in Supreme Court, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said the law is already there to take care of any kind of untoward incidents by the cow vigilante groups.

The Centre had told the court it didn't support cow vigilantism, states must follow the same, the SC said.

In the previous hearing, the Centre said ending vigilantism and violence by cow protection groups is a "State subject" and the Centre has no role to play, though it condemns all forms of violence. Then such incidents have to be curbed. People can not be allowed to take law into their hands.

Indira Jaisingh, senior advocate appearing for one of the petitioners, told the Supreme Court that it was important that the Centre and states cooperate to ensure vigilantism does not grow, reported Mint. "They say FIRs are being lodged". But we do not want to come to court when people are dead.

The states, the court said, must have a plan in place to prevent such violence.

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The petitions had also sought a direction to the Central and State govetnments to pull down all the videos of violence uploaded by cow vigilante groups from social media sites.

The court directed the Centre to respond to a submission by senior advocate Indira Jaising for Mr. Gandhi that the Centre can not wash their hands off its constitutional responsibility under Article 256 to instruct the States to take "necessary" steps in law to save innocent human lives from fury of the mobs.

The court also asked the Centre to explore what action could be taken against states if they fail to prevent such violence. The court also asked Chief Secretaries of each state in consultation with DGPs to keep highways safe from cow vigilante groups.

The Court recorded the same in its order and directed all the other respondent States to implement the same. The petitioner alleged that the centre has not done enough to stop the problem. A division bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Dipak Misra had on October 21 previous year said it will examine the issue if the cow vigilante groups across the country should be banned for allegedly indulging in violence.

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