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To prevent mob vandalism make organisers and supporting parties accountable
The Supreme Court of India, on 10 August 2018, came down hard on governments and law enforcement authorities regarding the uncontrolled mob violence and vandalism. The three-judge bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra was hearing a PIL on recent incidents of vandalism by kanwariyas.

The Central government’s counsel Venugopal appeared to be helpless and asked the top court to intervene. It is a ridiculous situation if the government has to ask the judiciary to intervene over a law and order issue.

Every week there’s a protest followed by rampage from one group or another over some petty issue. The organisers always issue a customary advice to the protesting members for a peaceful agitation. But it always results in violence, vandalism, arson resulting loss of life and property.

Venugopal suggested the court that top police officers should be made accountable for such acts of vandalism. I don’t think that’s the correct approach as state governments can’t provide police everywhere to check violence when large scale protests are held. If such accountability is fixed then either all top police officers will get suspended or they will take intentional leaves citing urgent personal reasons on the day of protest.

The best way to prevent vandalism and violence during protests is to make the organisers and their supporters accountable. They must be booked and immediately and put behind bars. All the compensation for the damages must be recovered from the organisers apart from stringent punishment of imprisonment. If a political party’s protest results in arson and vandalism then that party must be derecognised immediately. This might appear draconian but it has to be implemented if India to be rid of the mob violence and vandalism.

But no government will introduce or implement such laws as governments are formed by political parties.And every political party indulges in such protests.

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