India's highest court is asking the federal government to consider enacting a law to deal with an increase in mob violence and lynchings that have mostly followed rumors that the victims either belonged to members of child kidnapping gangs or were beef eaters and cow slaughterers.
The Supreme Court said Tuesday that "horrendous acts of mobocracy" cannot be allowed to become a new norm, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.
India has seen a series of mob attacks on minority groups, especially Muslims, since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party won national elections in 2014. The victims have been accused of either smuggling cows for slaughter or carrying beef.
This year, several attacks have been fueled by rumors that child-lifting gangs were active in villages and towns.