Centre mulls changes in IPC to deal with mob lynching

NEW DELHI: The Centre is considering the possibility of amending the Indian Penal Code to define ‘mob lynching’ as a penal offence, a senior Government functionary has said.

Another option being considered is to draft a model law that states can adopt to prevent incidents of mob lynching, he said.

“Everything is in the preliminary stage as the entire Supreme Court order asking the Centre to come up with a new law has to be examined,” he added.

If the IPC is amended, the Government will not have to bring a stand alone law on mob lynching.

If the burden of proof to prove innocence is put on the accused, then certain sections of the CrPC and the Indian Evidence Act would also require amendments, the functionary said. (AGENCIES)