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Is the Gulabi Gang a force for good in India?
The Gulabi Gang undermines the rule of law by virtue of being a vigilante organization which takes justice into its own hands.
Vigilante organisations encourage other people to act outside the law and take justice into their own hands.
Undermining the rule of law reflects poorly on the government's ability to control law and order, which makes it
for foreign investors to invest in India.
Vigilante justice undermines the
faith of Indians in the justice system
, particularly if the vigilantes themselves do not face justice.
the social contract
according to which people adhere to the state's law in exchange for protection and services.
Vigilante justice can never be as fair or effective as a functional court and police system.
The Gulabi Gang is able to pressure politicians into enforcing existing laws and fulfilling their responsibilities.
Rape is not being catered to at all by the existing justice system, so the Gulabi Gang is not meaningfully undermining anything.
The Gulabi Gang
that they always take complaints of domestic violence to the authorities first and only act where the authorities refuse to.