The UPA Government may have tried to take the credit for introducing the Communal Violence (Prevention, Control and Rehabilitation of Victims) Bill, but the Administrative Reforms Commission has negated the role of such a specific legislation. Communal Violence (Prevention, Control and Rehabilitation of Victims) Bill, 2005 was tabled in the Rajya Sabha on December 5, 2006 and referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee of the Ministry of Home Affairs for detailed examinations. Going into details of religious conflicts in the country, the commission headed by senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily has suggested incorporating the contents of the proposed Bill in the CrPC and the IPC itself.
“A separate law to deal with communal violence is not required,” the report recommended and warned that such legislation might even lead to restricting the use of substantive provisions in the basic laws. The report said that the Left extremist violence has “gained people’s confidence, grown in strength particularly in forest and tribal areas, by mobilising dispossessed and marginal sections,” the report added. In case of other political conflicts as was witnessed recently in Kerala between the CPI (M) and the RSS-BJP, and those in Maharashtra against the north Indians, the report has urged the political outfits to restrict the use of identity politics.