Don’t protect any kind of vigilantism: SC tells Centre and states

The BJP-ruled Gujarat and Jharkhand informed the court that action has been taken against those involved in violence related to cow vigilantism. The hearing was done amidst the recently held several attacks on people in the name of cow vigilantism.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 21, 2017 1:31 pm
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The Supreme Court on Friday asked the states, which have knocked its door in the cow vigilantism matter, to file an affidavit. The apex court also told the Centre and states not to protect any kind of vigilantism, according to the news agency PTI.

The BJP-ruled Gujarat and Jharkhand informed the court that action has been taken against those involved in violence related to cow vigilantism. The hearing was held in the wake of several recent attacks in the name of cow protection.

Asserting that it does not support any kind of vigilantism in any state, the central government told the bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra, “No vigilante group has any place in the country as per the procedure of law.”

“You say that law and order is a state subject and states are taking actions as per law. You don’t protect any kind of vigilantism,” the bench, also comprising A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar, said. It also sought the assistance of the Centre and states for removing violent content related to cow vigilantism uploaded on social media.

“Law and order is a state subject and Central government does not have any role into it. However, Union of India is of the view that no vigilante group has any space in the country as per procedures of law. It does not support any kind of vigilantism by private persons,” Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar said.

The bench recorded their submission and asked the Centre and other states to file their report regarding to the violent incidents in four weeks time and posted the matter for further hearing on September 6.

On April 7, the Supreme Court had formally issued a notice to the Centre and some of the states on a petition that sought a ban on cow protection vigilantes allegedly indulging in violence and committing atrocities against Dalits and minorities. Activist Tehseen S Poonawalla, in his plea, said violence committed by these ‘Gau Raksha’ groups have reached such proportions that even Prime Minister Narendra Modi had declared them as people who were “destroying the society”.

On Thursday in Rajya Sabha, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stressed on the government’s commitment to crack down on cow vigilantes. He also warned against a “selective morality” where hurting the sentiments of one side is deemed fair but not those of the other.

“All sides have condemned violence, the prime minister has severely condemned it, in fact he has spoken about it thrice. There can be no justification of this violence. Our respect for cows cannot be the reason. Violence can never be a partisan issue. Right to equality and right to religious belief come with the obligation of mutual respect and tolerance…but Mr [Ghulam Nabi] Azad, ask yourself, have we twisted the definition of secularism?”, Jaitley was quoted as saying.

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    Parth Garg
    Jul 21, 2017 at 2:08 pm
    The SC itself has openly expressed its angst over the fact that the government doesn't honor its judgments. When numbers are on its side why the government bothers about niceties?
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    1. Joseph R Stephen
      Jul 21, 2017 at 1:34 pm
      What action can Supreme Court can take? With powerful BJP ruled center and states the government can easily destroy evidence or turn a blind eye. Only if a case is registered by state then a record wound exist💪 Let us see can our cons ution protects its citizens or it is one more fake democracy like Pakistan and Iran
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      1. Eknath Meshram
        Jul 21, 2017 at 1:27 pm
        AS A MATTER OF FACT CRUELTY TO ANY ANIMAL IS WRONG. THE HUMAN BEINGS ARE DISCRIMINATING ANIMALS. THEY WANT TO CUT AND EAT THE FLESH OF SOME ANIMALS WHEREAS THEY WANT TO WORSHIP SOME ANIMALS. THE COW IS A KIND ANIMAL AND MUST BE PROTECTED AND WORSHIPPED . BUT WHAT ABOUT WANDERING COWS UNFIT FOR GIVING MILK WHICH ARE NOT GETTING PROPER FOOD AND SHELTER? NOW A DAYS, THE YOUNG SONS AND DAUGHTERS DO NOT GIVE SHELTERS TO OLD PARENTS IN SOME CASES.MOST OF THE HUMAN BEINGS AND THEIR CHILDREN HAVE NO FOOD AND SHELTER. WHO BOTHERS FOR HELPLESS HUMAN BEINGS? HUMAN BEINGS ARE TREATED LESS THAN ANIMALS.
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          madhav
          Jul 21, 2017 at 4:12 pm
          To solve all these problem, only you have to start worshiping the holy cow. Salute the cow every morning. Better add a bit of cow and dung in your diet. Think only about the cow. Rest you leave to the people who are elected to do it.
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          s s nair
          Jul 21, 2017 at 1:09 pm
          The govt is shameless to respect the SC directive. Come what may all the hooliganism will continue in the country as the govt says something and does something else. They do not care for any court order.
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            Srinivasaraghavan
            Jul 21, 2017 at 1:45 pm
            How does the Government become shameless by respecting SC directive Pambu Nair ??? U r a notorious anti-Modi troll that is why you rant and rave so much but try to write sensible stuff atleast once in a while. Is that too much to ask for ???
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