The Centre has set up a four-member committee headed by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba to recommend measures to deal with mob violence and lynching.
The decision to form the panel was announced on Monday, two days after a man from Haryana was allegedly lynched in Alwar, Rajasthan, while transporting cows.
The move also comes less than a week after the Supreme Court direction to the Centre and the states to take preventive, punitive and remedial measures to stop lynching incidents in the future.
A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra had also asked Parliament to form new penal provisions that deal with lynching.
Group Of Ministers
The panel will include the Secretaries of the Department of Justice, Department of Legal Affairs, the Legislative Department, and the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment. It has been asked to submit its recommendations to the government within four weeks.
The suggested measures will be examined by a Group of Ministers headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad, and Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot will be the other members of the GoM.
Advisory To State Governments
A Home Ministry spokesperson said that the Centre had already issued advisories to the state governments after the directions of the Supreme Court on mob violence. The states had been asked to implement stringent measures to prevent mob violence and lynching and take stringent action according to law.
The ministry pointed out that an advisory was issued on 4 July to address the issue of lynching by mobs on suspicion of child lifting. Referring to disturbances by miscreants in the name of cow protection, it referred to an earlier advisory dated 9 August 2016.
WhatsApp Asked To Stop Fake News
The government has also issued a series of warnings to WhatsApp, asking the social media platform to take immediate steps to stop the spread of false news and rumours that spark violence.
WhatsApp has since introduced several new features. Soon after the first warning, it had launched a campaign against fake news and listed several steps that users could take to help prevent its spread.