Mapping Murder: The Geography of Indian Firearm Fatalities (IAVA Issue Brief 2)

Dr. Anil Kohli
Issue Brief

With a population of almost 1.2 billion people and an area of 3.3 million square kilometres, India is home to approximately 17 per cent of the world’s population but constitutes just 2.4 per cent of its land area (MHA, 2011). India’s rates of violence vary greatly from state to state, and city to city, ranging from relatively high to negligible. These rates are reflected in the nation’s wellknown diversity in languages, literacy, economic status, and cultural customs.

Mapping Murder: The Geography of Indian Firearm Fatalities analyses the diversity of firearm crime. It focuses on the number of people killed annually by gunfire, which represents the bestdocumented aspect of the problem. It uses statistical data from the 28 states and seven union territories of India, as well as data from 35 megacities (cities with more than one million residents) for comparisons (see Map 1).

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Keywords: Murder IAVA Armed violence