ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Law on Mass Crimes and Victims' Rights

Given the state?s failure of governance in major communal riots, either due to partisan law enforcement or inefficiency, a central law under the provision of ?internal disturbance? in Article 355, holding the state government responsible for maintaining communal peace, is required. The state should be liable to dismissal under Article 356 if the rioting continues for, say, more than five days resulting in the loss of more than, say, 100 lives. There is also a strong case for a separate law on the protection and compensation for victims of crime and violence.

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