Stop call­ing them vig­i­lantes

Mint ST - - FIRST -

The Bu­land­shahr vi­o­lence, fol­low­ing al­leged cow slaugh­ter, is not even an ex­treme ex­am­ple of what hap­pens when armed mobs are al­lowed to seek “jus­tice” for a crime that is so es­o­teric that we should stop crit­i­ciz­ing the West’s char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of us as a land of snake-charm­ers. It is, in­creas­ingly, quite a com­mon ex­am­ple, and is likely to be re­peated un­less we stop call­ing mobs seek­ing jus­tice for cow slaugh­ter “cow vig­i­lantes” and start call­ing them what they are: mur­der­ers. Only when we treat the vi­o­lence dis­pas­sion­ately, as crime rather than retri­bu­tion, will we be able to let the law and or­der ma­chin­ery take its course. —SB

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