Vigilantism in India

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Vigilantism in India refers to when a group metes out extralegal punishment to alleged lawbreakers. Vigilantism is also referred to as "mob justice". It is typically caused by perception of police corruption[1] and delays in the judicial system,[2] and is usually practised on petty crooks.[2] In recent years with the resurgence of groups supporting hindutva ideology, India is experiencing an exponential rise in religion based vigilantism with primary targets being minorities, non-Hindus and dalits. Incidents of hindu groups lynching Muslims for the alleged transportation and consumption of beef has been on the rise. Caste-based vigilantism is also increasing with more reports of dalits being targeted especially in the cases of inter-caste marriages where the spouse of a lower caste have either been beaten up or murdered. Under the guise of "ghar wapsi" drives, churches and Christians have been targeted and the free exercise of their religion forcibly stopped by groups supporting the BJP and RSS. In all these cases there is little or no police intervention or investigation.


  • In August 2011, ten suspected thieves from Andhra Pradesh were beaten to death with stones and wooden clubs by more than 2,000 villagers in Chikaballapur, Karnataka.[3] Police were on the scene but were prevented by the mob from stopping the violence.[3]

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  1. ^ David, Ruth (2007-09-03). "In India, Rough Justice Of The Mob". Retrieved 2011-08-03. 
  2. ^ a b Bhunia, Abhirup (March 25, 2010). "Mob justice reigns in India". United Press International. Retrieved 2011-08-03. 
  3. ^ a b "Ten suspected thieves beaten to death in India". BBC News. 3 August 2011.