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HC issues 5-point directives to stop mob lynching

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Health Desk- 02 March, 2020: The High Court on Sunday issued five-point directives to prevent spreading rumours and repeated incidents of mob lynching in the country.

In the directives, the court asked the Home Ministry to take initiatives to stop spreading rumours on mob lynching based audio, video and Short Message Service (SMS) by using social media like Facebook and others.

A HC Bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman delivered the directives after hearing on a writ petition filed by a Supreme Court lawyer Ishrat Hasan.

The petition was filed as public interest litigation.

The HC asked the authorities concerned to ask its officials to follow the directives. In the directives, it asked all assistant superintendents of police (ASP-Circle) to hold meetings with the officers in charge (OC) at least once in every six months.

It also asked the Home Ministry to conduct campaign in electronic media to create a public awareness and the district education officer of Dhaka to take necessary steps to investigate the negligence of the head teacher of Uttar Badda Government primary school in the murder case of Taslima Begum Renu, who died at a mob lynching last year.

On August 26, 2019, the HC issued a rule asking the government to explain in four weeks why its failure to protect Taslima Begum Renu and others who were killed in recent lynching should not be declared illegal.