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 caused by perception of police corruption[1] and delays in the judicial system,[2] and is usually practised on petty crooks.[2]


  • 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.