Cow vigilantism a crime, states must stop mob violence, maintain law and order: SC

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday observed that mob lynching, whether it is related to cow vigilantism or child lifting rumours, is a crime. It also put the onus on the states to ensure that such cases of violence do not take place.

The apex court made the observation while hearing pleas seeking directions to formulate guidelines to curb mob violence. The Centre submitted that mob lynching is a law and order problem and the court may deal with the state governments if they are not following its order.

Observing that no one can take law into their hands, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud said each state needs to be responsible.
The three-judge bench said it will pass an order on the pleas.

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