‘#justiceserved’, ‘#telanganajusticedelivered’, ‘#vikasdubeyencounter’, ‘#oneshotjustice’ and many such hashtags trended on various social media platforms after the ‘much talked about’ encounter killing of the four accused rapists in Hyderabad and the encounter killing of the gangster ‘Vikas Dubey’ in Uttar Pradesh took place. About 103 alleged criminals were killed in encounters since 2017 in Uttar Pradesh and the number keeps on increasing. So, are these encounters justified? Does encounter killing provides justice?

Encounter killing — A self-defense attack carried out by the police or the armed officers against the criminals when they are engaged in an encounter.

History of encounter killings in India

Many cases of encounter…

Naman Vaghela

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