Actress Swara Bhaskar has launched an online campaign against mob lynching on Change.org, demanding a ban on cow vigilante groups.
The actress made an appeal to lawmakers for the enactment of a Manav Suraksha Kanoon (MASUKA) to stop such crimes.
In her petition, Swara stated, “I am an actress in the Indian Film Industry. But as a conscientious citizen of India, cannot allow these lynchings to take place… I, along with thousands of young Indians, stood up against this public menace in protests that were recently held across 20 cities of the world.”
“We, together, said #NotInMyName, to such violence. Next day, PM Modi issued a statement condemning the killings in the name of gau raksha (cow protection). But even after vigilante violence has continued.”
The actress concluded her appeal, saying it was time for Prime Minister Modi to “walk his talk” as the youth of this nation has elected the first PM born after independence.
“We want him to preserve our social independence,” she added.
Manav Suraksha Kanoon or MASUKA demands the government to put into place a legislation to stop the mob lynching. The petition has laid down five demands:
1. Enactment of Manav Suraksha Kanoon.
2. Collection of data about mob lynching/violence by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
3. Setting up of a national helpline to report any cases of mob violence.
4. Ban on cow vigilante groups.
5. Police reforms and sensitization of the authorities and law enforcement agencies about the issue.
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