Mamata's draconian new law to curb gang violence!
An undercover police unit will be set up to implement the law. If something is released or shared on social media to incite gang violence, it will be actionable.
The Mamata Banerjee-led government in West Bengal is planning to introduce a new law against mob violence. Accordingly, those convicted of gang violence will face a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a fine ranging from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh.
The Gang Violence Act 2019 is expected to be introduced in the forthcoming session of the West Bengal Assembly on August 30, said state government officials. Under the Act, two or more persons may be convicted of violence, coercion or based on religion, ethnicity, caste, sex, origin, language, eating habits, sexual orientation, political orientation or more.
The State Government has said that the law is being introduced to prosecute gang violence and to protect vulnerable people.
Officials said that if a victim of gang violence dies, the culprit will be sentenced to life imprisonment or a fine of up to Rs 5 lakh. They said a unit of undercover police officers led by a State Police DIG will be set up to prevent the mob violence.
The Ombudsman, with the help of the intelligence service, will work to locate and identify areas where gang violence is most likely. And these will be investigated by the unit.
The law also covers compensation for victims and protection of the witnesses. The law also provides that if something is released or shared on social media to incite gang violence, a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh will be imposed with a maximum of 3 years imprisonment.
[Autotranslated from Tamil]