Dimapur, May 1: Human Rights Law Network, Nagaland in collaboration with English Department, Nagaland University organized a 1-day discussion on Mob Violence at NU, Meriema Campus.
Speaking on the topic “The use of violence to forward Political Gain”, Robert A Silverstein, Retired Asst. Deputy Commissioner, New York, Writer, Lawyer and M.Phil in Politics, Oxford University said that education does not make a person, a person can be educated and at the same time evil.
He lamented on the prevailing situation of Nagaland and gave an honest opinion about the on- going issues of in the state. He also said that during his 3 and half years of experience in Nagaland, he observed that people do not seem to understand the rule of law, people forget the fact that there is a Constitution, which regulates the conduct of the people and the statutes derived from this Constitution is the supreme law of the land.
He also encouraged the people from the younger generation to use their brain in finding solution to end the problems of the State.
Prof. Dr. Rosemary Dzüvichü, HOD, English Department, NU while deliberating on the topic “Is mob violence part and parcel of Naga Culture?” stated that we have seen and heard about mob violence through the sources of social media in a form of lynching, destruction of property or churches, attacks on Muslims which made me ponder whether mob violence is really a part of our culture.
“If we take a closer look at our history, we actually find ourselves very much involved in mob violence,” she said.
She said the whole community sometimes comes together against individual or villages on the issue of territorial claims or on the issues of village against village and tribe against tribe. In the past, there was a time where Christians did not like and accept other denominations so they destroy churches of other denominations, chased out the people who do not follow same denomination, she added.
She said that Nagas needs to rethink and analyse seriously on the issue of mob violence.
She lamented on the mob incident which happened during the last ULB election against women and termed it as phenomenon and appalling and also the March 5th incident about the mob lynching case in Dimapur and mob lynching incident in Meluri should serve as a wake-up call for the Nagas.
She urged the students to start thinking beyond village and tribe affiliation in order to timely tackle the numerous social evils including mob violence.
Prof. Salikyu Sangtam, Department of Political Science, St.Joseph College University, Dimapur supplementing on the topic “Is mob violence part and parcel of Naga Culture?”, said that the crowd has come to play an important role for tribal leaders and politicians to attain certain aims. It is interesting to note the transformation a person undergoes in a crowd.
Advocate Neiteo Koza, Administrator of HRLN, Nagaland spoke on Law & Mob Violence. She said that mob violence is not a new happening in the state Nagaland. Mob incidences are common when there is allegation of commission of crimes and during elections.
She narrated some incidences which is commonly practiced in Nagaland where alleged accused persons are manhandled and tortured by unauthorised public on a mere suspicion of committing an offence, which is illegal and is a punishable offence, she added .
She said till date there is no specific uniform law made for the offence of Mob Violence/Mob Lynching, however the perpetrators can be booked under the relevant sections of the India Penal Code as per the nature of the offence they have committed.
She laid emphasis on a landmark judgment passed by the Supreme Court on Mob violence/Mob lynching in Writ Petition (Civil) No.754 of 2016 where the Supreme Court has given a clear directive to the States under three specific heads- Preventive, Remedial and Punitive Measures.
The programme was chaired by Pakinrichapbo, Law Officer, HRLN-Nagaland. The event witnessed participants from different background including Professors, Asst. Professors, Post Graduate Students from Nagaland University and NGOs.
(Page News Service)