Activists question introduction of key bills in Rajasthan assembly without public consultation

Written by Sabrangindia | Published on: July 31, 2019
Two important pieces of legislation dealing with matters as serious as mob lynching and honour killing were introduced as bills in the Rajasthan assembly today. However, activists and civil society members are upset that this was done without any consultation with the public or even key stakeholders. They fear the bills are being rushed without following the correct process, and have now issued a statement.

Rajasthan Assembley

The activists led by Aruna Roy, Nikhil Dey, Kavita Srivastava, Lad Kumari Jain, Renuka Pamecha, Mamta Jaitaly, Nisha Siddhu, Nishat Hussain, Pawan Surana, Sumitra Chopra, Harkesh Bugalia, Kailash Meena, Prem Krishan Sharma and M. Hasan have issued a public statement to this effect. They welcome the two bills namely, The Rajasthan Protection from Lynching Bill, 2019 and The Rajasthan Prohibition of Interference with the freedom of Matrimonial Alliances in the Name of Honour and Tradition Bill, 2019. However, question why the drafts were created unilaterally without any consultation or inputs from stakeholders. The statement says, “This unilateral creation of draft bills and finalizing it without any public input of the stakeholders, is a non-compliance of the 5 February 2014, directions given by the Ministry of Law and Social Justice. They clearly state that before finalizing the draft of the bill and placing it before in the Legislature, it should be before the public for consultation and scrutiny.”

The statement further says, “The draft bill should be put on the internet so that it is accessible for everyone. The language of the bill should be simple and consultation and conference and conventions to reach a consensus, especially the ones who will be impacted by the said laws.  Any suggestions given by the public should also be put in the public domain by uploading them on the website.”

The activists now demand that the bills be sent to a select committee. The statement says, “Since the voice of the public and the inputs of civil society organizations is very important, therefore it is our demand from the legislators, to send the Bill to the Select Committee, rather than rush its passage.”
A a notification issued by the Ministry of Law and Justice, dated February 5, 2014 that gives details about the importance of pre-legislative consultation police may be read  here

The entire statement by the activists may be read below:

Bill on the prohibition of Lynching and Honour Crimes be sent to the SELECT COMMITTEE OF THE VIDHAN SABHA

For public input
*The various movements, campaigns and social organizations of Rajasthan are extremely pleased that State government of Rajasthan has been eager to address the issues of preventing and prohibiting lynching and the honour crimes and killings along with right to choice in marriage. That the Government is committed towards bringing this law also shows through the two Bills, Bill No. 22 of 2019, The Rajasthan Protection from Lynching Bill, 2019 and Bill No. 23 of 2019 The Rajasthan Prohibition of Interference with the freedom of Matrimonial Alliances in the Name of Honour and Tradition Bill, 2019. However, members and representatives of most of the social movements are extremely upset with the fact that these two bills, which have been a demand of our movements, were brought in without any public consultation.

This unilateral creation of draft bills and finalizing it without any public input of the stakeholders, is a non-compliance of the 5 February 2014, directions given by the Ministry of Law and Social Justice. They clearly state that before finalizing the draft of the bill and placing it before in the Legislature, it should be before the public for consultation and scrutiny. The draft bill should be put on the internet so that it is accessible for everyone. The language of the bill should be simple and consultation and conference and conventions to reach a consensus, especially the ones who will be impacted by the said laws.  Any suggestions given by the public should also be put in the public domain by uploading them on the website.

But we are disappointed that the Home Department of Rajasthan Government did not put the draft of the bills, in front of the public, neither on any website nor put it for any consultation.

Since the voice of the public and the inputs of civil society organizations is very important, therefore it is our demand from the legislators, to send the Bill to the Select Committee, rather than rush its passage.

We are: Aruna Roy, Nikhil Dey, Kavita Srivastava, Lad Kumari Jain, Renuka Pamecha, Mamta Jaitaly, Nisha Siddhu, Nishat Hussain, Pawan Surana, Sumitra Chopra, Harkesh Bugalia, Kailash Meena, Prem Krishan Sharma, M. Hasan and Others.
 
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