Srinagar, Jul 18: Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Prof. Saifuddin Soz Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Courts response on lynching incidents.
“The Supreme Court’s judgment on wide-spread menace of lynching in the country, asking the Central Government to initiate immediate steps for enactment of a separate law for punishment for this crime, has come as a great relief to the people of India, particularly, to the down-trodden including minorities,” said Soz.
He said it is a measure of great relief when the Court described the situation in the country as extremely bad and observed strongly that there can be no shadow of doubt that the authorities have the principal obligation to see that vigilantism, be it cow vigilantism or any other vigilantism, does not take place.
“It is further a matter of great relief to the Nation that the Supreme Court has passed this strong judgment at a time when the Parliament is in Session. If the Govt. of India had paid any attention initially, it would not have become a widespread menace.”
“When India’s free media had taken this troublesome question with ministers and others, all of them had maintained silence. Arun Jaitley had, particularly, rebuked journalists on queries, saying, ‘these were stray incidents,” Soz said. (CNS)