The Supreme Court has given all state governments one week’s time to show a detailed report of steps taken to prevent mob lynching and cow vigilantism after most of the states failed to comply the reports as directed on July 17.

Number of mob lynching and cow vigilantism incidents in India keep adding up and the administration is in desperate need to resolve the problem. While the central government is pressurising WhatsApp to prevent spread of fake news in India, the Supreme Court has given a week’s time to states to show step taken to prevent mob lynching and violence. Earlier on July 17, the apex court had ordered all state governments to submit reports on incidents of cow vigilantism and mob lynching. But most states failed to file the compliance report as only 11 states and 7 union territories submitted the report.

Tightening the order, the SC has directed all states to come up with steps and actions taken to stop such heinous act of mobocracy within a week, starting from Friday. If any state fails to file the required report within a week, the home secretary of the defaulting state will have to appear in person at the Supreme Court. Also, since the Alwar lynching incident happened just a few days after Supreme Court’s order on July 17, the Rajasthan government is required to file report of the updates on Alwar probe and actions taken against the errant police officials involved in the incident.

Slew of strict notifications and orders are issued by the central administration to deal with mob lynching and cow vigilantism as the court says that the “horrendous acts of mobocracy cannot be allowed to overrun the law of the land”. Within a year, 23 deaths have been reported from 9 states because of mob lynching and the Centre is considering to reinforce and enact a new law to uproot the problem sternly.