Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan shocked the House of Elders on Monday in the discussion on the Hyderabad veterinarian rape and murder case. Both Houses of Parliament debated the shocking increase in rape cases in the country in the surcharge of emotion surrounding the rape and the remorseless way the accused in the Hyderabad rape acted. Bachchan thundered that rapists should be arrested and handed over to the public to be lynched for their crimes. Social media erupted in support of Bachchan but the other side, including several activists, joined issue; calling for due process and not mob justice.

Let’s take a moment to examine why Bachchan thought lynching was the best means to extract justice after as heinous a crime as rape. And that too in the Upper House. The fault should lie in our stars that lynching has become the most popular way of avenging a crime. Someone carries meat we don’t know of which animal, lynch him! Someone looks like a child-lifter, lynch him! Someone looks suspicious, lynch him! Unnecessary power cut, lynch him or at least beat up a few electricity supply guys!

People have been lynched for worse things. Like 15-year-old Junaid Khan who was killed in a local EMU train plying between Delhi and Faridabad, because he didn’t give way to some other passengers in 2017. Lynching is the most popular crime to target people of another faith.

With so many lynchings happening across the country, right from the boondocks south and east of Delhi to the arid hills of Jharkhand and to Nagaland, where an uneasy peace holds between the Centre and the proponents of the Naga cause, where an alleged rapist was dragged from the custody of the Dimapur Central Jail and lynched in 2015; it is but natural to assume lynching is one way to send a popular message. Muslim and Dalit communities have stopped their entire trade-in dead cows fearing lynching in the name of beef. If such action can save the cow, isn’t that to be imagined the best way to bring rapists to justice?

Given the popularity of this instant mode of justice, why should we as a society be disturbed when the powers that control the law and order machinery in the country cannot stop lynchings and it takes an emotive yesteryear actor to suggest lynching of rapists for our collective bile to rise?

PS: If all the lynching talk wasn’t enough, the top trend on twitter this Monday evening was RapistJalao aka burn the rapist. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust!

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