lynching

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lynching

An act of violence inflicted by a mob upon the body of a person, which results in that person’s death.

The popular definition of lynching is that of an extrajudicial execution by hanging carried out by a mob, which is functioning independently of local police and law enforcement authorities.
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Security analysts say mob lynching can be seen as a desperate reaction caused by people's anger and anguish because of the actions committed by alleged criminals, while the unlawful killings committed by the police set a negative example as "people have learned from the police that the way to deal with criminals is to kill them.
And although no one has yet been executed by the state for a blasphemy conviction, vigilantism or mob lynching have claimed at least 32 lives of those accused of blasphemy or simply even "disrespect" to Islam.
The re-postmortem of the victims of a mob lynching incident, was to be conducted today in Imam Sahab cemetery on the orders of the Supreme Court.
The re-post-mortem of the victims of a mob lynching incident, was to be conducted today in Imam Sahab cemetery on the orders of the Supreme Court.