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West Bengal govt to introduce law against mob lynching

MNA Feature Desk: The West Bengal government is planning to introduce a Bill in the Assembly to check incidents of mob assault and lynching.

Mamata Banerjee government is planning to table West Bengal (Prevention of Lynching) Bill, 2019 in the House on August 30, sources said.

The legislation will seek a jail term, which may vary from three years to life, for those involved in assaulting and injuring a victim, according to media reports.

a) In case of death due to mob lynching, the accused would be punished with rigorous life imprisonment and fine up to Rs 0.50 million.

b) In case of serious injuries due to mob lynching, the accused will be punished with jail term of 10 years and fine ranging from Rs 25,000 to Rs 0.30 million.

c) In case of injuries due to mob lynching, the accused will be punished with jail term of 3 years and fine up to a maximum of 0.10 million.

On July 17, 2018, Indian Supreme Court had advised all states to introduce law on mob lynching. Rajasthan had acted as per the SC’s advise and had then introduced a law against mob lynching.

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