House demanded law against false rumour and fake news in social media

Nagpur: Members from opposition and ruling party on Wednesday demanded to set up a mechanism that can initiate action against social and electronic media, who spread false rumours and fake news that can have an enduring effect which could lead to crimes, like Dhule lynching case.

Raising the issue under the legislative council under the rule of 97, the opposition leader, Dhananjay Munde said that there should be a law to prevent such fake news in social and electronic media which mislead the people and instigate mobs to act such heinous crimes.
Munde was supported by the Shiv Sena member, Neelam Gorhe. She said that the government should set up a mechanism that can curb such fake news and rumours that spread in social media that make people panic.

Munde demanded that the families of Dhule lynching victims should be properly rehabilitated, given at least Rs 25-lakh each of family member and a job to a member of each family.

Besides, he insisted to institute a special investigation team (SIT) probe into the matter, led by the superintendent of police (SP), Dhule. “The recent lynching of five people, members of a nomadic tribe, by a mob in Dhule district on suspicion that they were child-lifers was an inhuman act. The inhuman act of lynching people on the suspicion that they were child lifters showed how the beast in a human being can come to the fore,” he said.

Though the government announced to conduct the trial by a fast-track court, there is a need to probe the entire matter through an SIT, Munde further insisted.