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India’s mob lynching problem
Citing the “final post-mortem report” that Ansari died of “cardiac arrest”, and stating that it was “not a case of pre-meditated murder” Jharkhand Police have dropped the murder charge against 11 accused in the killing of Tabrez Ansari. Just a few weeks ago, the adult men accused in the lynching of dairy farmer Pehlu Khan were all acquitted.
What are the parallels we can draw from these cases of mob lynching across India? How can they be stopped? On this episode of 3 Things we deep dive into India’s mob lynching problem. First, Jharkhand correspondent Abhishek Angad, who reported on the Tabrez Ansari case, details how it unfolded and lapses in investigation. Next, Apurva Vishwanath, who reports on courts and law for the Indian Express, discusses the recommendations the Supreme Court made to the Parliament to curb such incidents and why arguments are being made to create a separate anti-lynching law. Last, lawyer and human rights activist Vrinda Grover unpacks why the problem also lies with law enforcement agencies and argues that a separate law is not needed to tackle it.
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Episode 513- Why child lifting rumours are causing mob violence
Episode 482- The Pehlu Khan case
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