From Salwa Judum to Gau Rakshaks, Indian Laws are Giving Vigilante an Out

In this co-authored piece for the Wire, Satya Prasoon examines the “good faith” armour of cow protection legislations which gives legitimacy to Gau Rakshaks, the civilan vigilante group. While drawing parallel with Salwa Judum, he argues that legitimacy to Gau Rakshak stands on even sloppier moral and legal premise. The argumentative gist is that the ‘good faith’ clause under the cow-protection legislations can even legitimise killing by gau-rakshas as long as done in “undefined” good faith and so, it needs to be struck down.

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'From Salwa Judum to Gau Rakshaks, Indian Laws are Giving Vigilante an Out' (18 Sep 2017) <https://thewire.in/law/law-vigilante-powers-impunity> accessed on 25 May 2019