Lynchings by cow vigilante are targeted killings: TMC

'This Is Hindustan, Don't Make It Lynchistan': Congress In Parliament

Let us be Hindustan, not Lynchistan, says Mallikarjun Kharge

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge attacked the government in the Lok Sabha today over rising incidents of mob violence, accusing it of "indirectly encouraging" cow vigilantism.

With the Opposition demanding a governmental condemnation and framing of a strong law to tackle vigilantism, the government said that mob lynching or anything related to it was "unacceptable" and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself had condemned it.

In a similar debate in the Rajya Sabha on 20 July, finance minister Arun Jaitley had condemned incidents of mob lynching and killings by cow vigilantes.

Concluding his over-30-minute talk, Kharge said: "Let India remain Hindustan and not Lynchistan". "This government is against dalits, minorities and women", Kharge said.

Midway through Mr. Rijiju's reply, Congress and Left MPs staged a walkout.

However, he did not agree with Opposition parties' demand that the Prime Minister must speak on this issue in the Lower House. "The government keeps saying it wants Congress-free India, I want to ask, do you want to make a Muslim-free India as well", Roy said, inviting protests from treasury benches.

He demanded a separate "manav suraksha kanoon", or human protection law, to deal with such incidents, saying the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) and the Indian Penal Code (IPC) don't define lynching.

Slamming the BJP governments in Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh, the Congress leader said: "Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh have become mob lynching centres". "It becomes the responsibility of state governments to follow his instructions", he said. You get unmasked when you raise these issues.

When asked by opposition members whether government has set up "concentration camps" for them, he said no concentration camps have been established by the government but the refugees themselves have concentrated themselves there.

But Trinamool's Roy sought to know why the Prime Minister made just two statements so far - once in 2016 and then a few days ago - on mob violence.

"It took three day for the Haryana Chief Minister to condemn the incident in Bahadurgarh".

He said to many Hindus the cow is like a mother, but said that this should not let people take law in their hands and that every state government should act against those who violate the law.

Mr Paswan also wanted to know from the opposition whether they will like the Centre to send Armed Forces in the States to control incidents of mob lynching.

"We should give a message we are one as parliament in condemning it".

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