Mob in eastern Bihar state beat to death three men suspected of stealing cattle in a new mob lynching incident reported by police that highlights hardening Hindu nationalism.
"Horrendous acts of mobocracy cannot be allowed to become a new norm," says the Supreme Court, ordering the right-wing BJP government to enact a new law banning lynchings over rumours the victims either were child-kidnappers or beef eaters.
At least 20 people have been killed in several states by mobs in attacks the government says are tied to inflammatory messages circulated on WhatsApp. The social media giant says it is "horrified" and has promised to take action.
No arrests have been made in the cases but authorities said they were questioning several suspects. The chief minister of Tripura state has warned of strict action against people indulging in spreading rumours and fake news.
At least 31 people have been convicted over the campus lynching of university student Mashal Khan who was falsely accused of blasphemy.
At least 21 documented lynchings of Muslims and Dalits have taken place in India since Narendra Modi's government came to power. But what is driving ordinary citizens to form lynch mobs in India?
Both US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have vowed to destroy "radical Islamic terrorism", while ignoring repeated crimes against Muslims. The silence from both leaders provides protection for violent Islamophobes.
An angry mob lynched the bus driver after he lost control of his vehicle and ploughed into a group of people marking the birthday of Prophet Mohammed.
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