President of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH) Maulana Mahmood A. Madani said that JIH is expecting that the law would create confidence among the socially and economically weaker sections. He demanded other states should also follow suit to ban such heinous acts through effective legislation.
NEW DELHI – President of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH) Maulana Mahmood A. Madani has hailed the legislation passed by the Jharkhand Assembly to curb mob lynching.
In a statement, Maulana Madani said that JUH is expecting that the law would create confidence among the socially and economically weaker sections.
“Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind has been demanding such legislation from the beginning in the context of the nature of the crimes,” he said.
The Jharkhand assembly on Tuesday cleared the Prevention of Mob Violence and Mob Lynching Bill, 2021 that provides for jail terms ranging from three years to life imprisonment and fines of up to ₹25 lakh against those involved in mob lynching leading to “injury or death” of an individual, The Hindu reported.
‘Other states should come up with similar legislations’
Maulana Madani urged other states to follow suit and “ban such heinous acts through effective legislation.”
Maulana Madani said that incidents of mob lynching have been reported from Jharkhand and other parts of the country.
“The current problem of mob violence is a crisis of hate violence against minorities, particularly Muslims and Dalits. Hate crimes against minorities create a pervasive environment of vulnerability where members of these communities feel that they can be subjected to violence anytime and anywhere,” he said.
Maulana Madani noted that the targeting of specific communities leads to the destruction of the social fabric of the country, and compromises tolerance and freedom. “Treating the problem of mob violence only as a problem of vigilantism misses this social dimension of the violence since it is a manifestation of the social and institutional exclusion of vulnerable minorities,” he said.
Maulana Madani said that Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind is fighting against Islamophobia, hatred and violent aggression within the framework of the constitution of the country.
“In order to create even an opportunity for effective implementation, the new law against mob violence must strengthen official accountability and facilitate victim empowerment,” he added.