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Draft Communal Violence Bill 2011: Areas of Concern

The National Advisory Council's draft Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill 2011 rests on the premise that while the existing legal framework adequately addresses communal violence directed at dominant groups, it fails when the group affected is a religious or linguistic minority. However, there exist several concerns in the draft related to accountability, command responsibility, and the watering down of accepted principles of criminal jurisprudence. Further, is an entirely new legislation replete with tough restrictions on civil liberties the best solution that we can think of?
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