By Bharath Joshi
The Congress government has formulated a new compensation scheme under which Rs 5 to 10 lakh will be paid to the kin of every person who is lynched to death or killed in riots.
The separate compensation scheme covering deaths or injuries caused due to lynching by mob comes five years after the Supreme Court, in the Tehseen Poonawala case, directed all state governments to do so.
Poonawala, a social activist, had moved the top court seeking action against violence by cow vigilantes. In its judgement dated July 17, 2018, the apex court had called out the “sweeping phenomenon” of mob violence. The state governments were asked to prepare a lynching/mob violence compensation scheme within one month.
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