Supreme Court asks Parliament to form law to combat cow vigilantism


The Supreme Court of India has asked the Parliament to see into the possibility of the formulation of a new law to combat cow vigilantism, stating that violence cannot be allowed in the name of protecting cows.

“No citizen can take law into their own hands. In case of fear and anarchy, the state has to act positively. Violence can never be allowed,” the apex court said during a hearing.

On July 03, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud reserved its ruling on pleas by social activist Tehseen Poonawalla and Thushar Gandhi, who requested the court to take action against states that failed to take adequate measures to combat cow vigilantism.

The apex court also stated that mob lynching is ‘beyond law and order problem’, directing all state governments and union territories to take action to put an end to the violence in the name of cow protection.

The court shall hear the matter on August 28.


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