It is up to States to take action on cow vigilantes: Centre to Supreme Court

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Centre said it is against “cow vigilantism by private persons”
  • The top court then asked the Centre and states to file their response on how they will prevent cow vigilantism
  • On Thursday in Parliament, the Opposition targeted the government over the lynchings

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that while it is against “cow vigilantism by private persons”, any action against such people has to be taken by States and not the Centre.

The top court then asked the Centre and states to file their response on how they will prevent cow vigilantism.

The court’s comments come amid a spate of cow vigilantism-related incidents around the country.

On Thursday in Parliament, the Opposition targeted the government over the lynchings, with the Congress accusing PM Narendra Modi of “creating an environment” for the violence and indulging in “double speak” on the issue.

Congress leader Kapil Sibal, while speaking in the Rajya Sabha, alleged that the PM was doing nothing to restrain cow vigilantes who, he said, include elements from the VHP and the Bajrang Dal.

Sibal said the year 2017 has witnessed maximum murders and the cattle ban had negatively impacted leather industry besides industries like soap and shampoo.

“I am shaken and shattered by the images of grotesque violence and heart-wrenching scenes (which) I have seen on social media and Twitter. We did not see it in the last 50 years,” he said.

Later in the day, Union minister Arun Jaitley criticized the opposition for “politicizing the issue of mob lynching”.

“Violence can never be a partisan issue and oppression in the name of cow won’t be tolerated,” the minister said in Parliament.

He defended the government saying it has taken requisite action.

 “Wherever acts of violence and lynching have erupted, legal proceedings and chargesheets have been filed in a systematic way.”

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always strongly condemned the act of lynching,” he said, adding, “We should all support each other to fight this.”

 

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