Mob Lynching: A New Form of Hate Crime


  • Manoj Kumar Pathak1 , Srishti Rai2



Lynch, WhatsApp lynching, cow vigilantism, child lifters


Lynching is a form of extrajudicial execution by hanging carried out by mob, which is functioning

independently of local police and law enforcement authorities. Indian also faced Indian WhatsApp lynching,

which are a spate of Mob-related violence and killing following the spread of rumours, primarily relating to

child-abduction and organ harvesting, via the WhatsApp message service. They fall under the category of

organised hate crimes. According to the source from internet, it has been observed a rise in mob lynching cases

related to cow vigilantism by over 10%. It is important to note that India does not have one comprehensive

parliamentary law on mob lynching. Strong provisions of law and speedy convictions in mob lynching cases

will act as deterrence for the society

Author Biography

Manoj Kumar Pathak1 , Srishti Rai2

1 Professor and Head, 2Research Scholar, Forensic Medicine, Department of Forensic Medicine, Institute of

Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India



How to Cite

Manoj Kumar Pathak1 , Srishti Rai2. (2020). Mob Lynching: A New Form of Hate Crime. Medico Legal Update, 20(3), 122-128.

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