India's Vigilante Cow Protectors: 'If Police Did Their Job, We Wouldn't Have To' – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

PANIPAT, India—Across this northern town, clusters of young men embarked on patrols one recent night, some along a highway, others in shadowy alleys and on rooftops. Their mission: to rescue cows they suspect are being transported for slaughter.

Much of India bans killing the animal, which is revered by hundreds of millions of Hindus. The vigilantes, sometimes working with police, nab men they believe are cow smugglers, a job that…

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