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Vigilante justice: Hacktivist Anonymous fights for raped teen
Continuing with what many people term as 'vigilante justice', hacktivist group Anonymous has threatened to publicly identify four boys accused of gang-raping a Canadian teenager who committed suicide after images of the attack went viral on the Internet.

The group, which has earned lot of bad publicity for hacking government websites in various countries, said it was taking the action on behalf of the people who feel police had failed to arrest or convict any of the four accused of raping Rehtaeh Parsons.

The family of Parsons, who was 15 at the time of the attack in 2011, said she suffered almost two years of depression and bullying after pictures of the attack were spread around her school. Parsons hanged herself in the bathroom of her home on Thursday last in Nova Scotia and died in hospital three days later.

With the police maintaining that the investigation was hindered by “insufficient evidence”, no one has ever been charged for the attack.

Anonymous, in a video statement, has said it has identified two of the alleged attackers and were “currently confirming a third”. It is only a matter of time before we find the fourth, the group has said.
“Our demands are simple - we want the Nova Scotian police to take immediate legal action against the individuals in question. We encourage you to act fast. If we were able to locate these boys within two hours, it will not be long before someone else finds them,” the group said in a message to Justice Minister Ross Landry. “We encourage you to act fast. If we were able to locate these boys within two hours, it will not be long before someone else finds them.”

What caught a quick traction from a small group of anonymous hackers, Anonymous has over the past couple of years targeted Israeli websites to protest its anti-Palestine policies, besides playing an active role in the Occupy Wall Street protest of 2012.

One biggest success of Anonymous is taking down of child pornography. In Octover 2011, the group launched, what it called Operation Darknet, intended o target illegal child pornography websites.
In India, Anonymous grabbed headlines after it brought down the websites of Supreme Court and the Congress party last year. Earlier this year, the group vowed its support to “Kashmir Cause” after the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru who was secretly hanged and buried in New Delhi’s Tihar jail.

The group attacked and brought down temporarily websites of Kashmir’s ruling National Conference party and principal opposition People’s Democratic Party. Protesting the Internet blackout in the Valley post the hanging of Guru, an Anonymous member wrote on Twitter: “#OpKashmir – lift the internet and media blackout in #Kashmir.”

Fearing the protests over the hanging of Guru on February 9 might snowball into massive anti-India and pro-freedom movements, the government imposed indefinite curfew, blocked the Internet and closed down TV channels. Pertinently, at least five people have died in firing, allegedly by security forces in the Valley after the hanging.

Soon after launching its #OpKashmir, the group on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, released a barrage of pictures and videos of paramilitary soldiers beating Kashmiri boys with bamboo sticks and gun butts.

Claiming to be a defender of Internet freedom, the group also attacked the website of Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) in May last year after many people accused the Congress-led UPA government of trying to curb free Internet in the country.

Even though many people are condemning what they see as attempts to deliver vigilante justice by Anonymous, but the group’s actions, especially the recent one, has been welcomed by people from many sections of the society.

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