‘Stone-pelting death is also a lynching case’

New Delhi: The high-level committee to check mob lynchings and suggest measures to stop mob violence will also consider the cases of stone-pelting in its ambit, said Union minister Rajyavardhan Rathore told News18. He said that when a cop, who is doing his duty, dies due to stone-pelting, “that is also lynching”.

“Every violence should be shunned and condemned and you cannot politicise these incidents. When a cop is killed by a mob for doing his duty is also lynching and if someone dies of stone-pelting that is also lynching,” he said. The Union minister added that the committee will consider all the cases of mob-lynchings to deal with and to make a new law to curb them.

Speaking on the Pakistan Election 2018 outcome, Rathore said that India is ready to deal with any kind of situation. “Whatever the situation is there in the neighbourhood… We have protected India and will continue to do so in future as well,” he said, adding, “External affairs ministry, keeping in mind the situation, has always proposed cordial relations with Pakistan. We are ready otherwise, as well.”

Union home minister Rajnath Singh had on Tuesday said the central government is taking the incidents of lynching “very seriously” and might bring a law, if necessary, to stop it. “I want to make it clear that the government is not just concerned but has taken lynching incidents very seriously,” Rajnath Singh told the Lok Sabha.

Reiterating that the 1984 Sikh riot was the biggest incident of lynchings, he said that the incidents of lynching should not be politicised. “The Supreme Court has also given its observations on lynchings,” Rajnath Singh said.
The Union minister’s remarks came a few days after 28-year-old Rakbar Khan was lynched to death in Alwar, Rajasthan, on the suspicion of smuggling cows.