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Is Vigilantism Ever Permissible?
Instead of wasting time with minor infractions, vigilantes can go after major threats such as murderers and rapists.
Three Bangladeshi men
accused of rape
were killed by vigilantes in 2019.
paedophile hunting groups
have sprung up across the UK in the past few years.
were a group of vigilantes who targeted one of the most ruthless gangs known: MS13, who are known to be savage criminals. This group proves the usefulness of vigilantes in going after people who are known to be public menaces.
The Gulabi Gang
is an all-female vigilante group in India that fights violence against women, prevents child marriages and ensures delivery of basic rights for the poor and women.
Vigilantes with no training are going to be no match for the international community.
This sounds like a way of inviting reigning anarchy.
A group of civilians (or non-state militia) does not have the right to judge another civilian, being it a suspect of a crime or not.
There are cases where
have murdered suspected threats and have ended up in prison themselves.
Many vigilante groups have immoral beliefs and target communities for regressive reasons.
International crime requires an
enormous amount of resources
cooperation on a state level
, which vigilantes don't have access to.