‘Mobilised violence’ is defined as an act or series of acts of violence committed by a group with the intent of furthering a political purpose. Mobilised violence is detrimental to the democratic fabric of India. It prevents individuals from enjoying their right to speak, move and conduct business freely. It can also cause injuries and loss of life to bystanders, in addition to significant economic costs from a cessation of economic activity and damage to property.
Takshashila launched a new report which provides a Framework for Countering Mobilised Violence. As existing laws have proven inadequate to address the problem, this report provides new ways of addressing the problem.
The Takshashila Institution, along with Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy released a discussion document titled, “A Framework for Countering Mobilised Violence” at Takshashila Institution’s office on December 5.
Uday Holla, Advocate General of Karnataka, gave the keynote, illustrating the need for a new framework to create sufficient laws to tackle the issue of mobilised violence.
R Srikumar, former DGP of Karnataka; senior advocate Aditya Sondhi and Vikas Kumar, professor at Azim Premji University formally launched the report. They then joined co-author of the report Divij Joshi of Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy for a panel discussion on the possible solutions to counter mobilised violence.
We concluded the evening with questions from the audience – some of which included how certain entities can be held responsible for inciting mob violence and how we as a society can promote people trying to seek justice through democratic means.