India Armed Violence Assessment

The India Armed Violence Assessment promotes research on all forms of armed violence in India, from cross border terrorism, domestic insurgencies and militant separatism, to less publicized risks to individuals from crime, social conflict, and gendered violence. Look to IAVA for original research, armed violence news,  partner institutions, and international research.

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India's Daughter (full film)

The rape that shocked the world and sparked protests across India. Parents and one of the rapists tell the story of the night a young woman was gang raped and murdered. The life of Jyoti Singh sheds light on violence against women in India.

Commentary: Sexual violence in India: Women see little progress. CBC, 12 March 2015

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Global status report on violence prevention 2014

Based on data from 133 countries, this is the first report to assess national efforts to address interpersonal violence, namely child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner and sexual violence, and elder abuse. Jointly published by the World Health Organization, the UN Development Programme, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. (December 2014)

Armed Violence News


Surrender figures don’t add up. Outlook, 29 June 2015

Reviving the vigilantism of the Salwa Judum. Outlook, 29 June 2015

Hot pursuit, cold peace: cross-border assertiveness. Tehelka, 27 June 2015

How to create enemies and alienate people.Tehelka, 27 June 2015

India's war against itself: a view from Manipur. EPW, 20 June 2015

Myanmar flushing Naga militants to India. Times of India, 12 June 2015

Country firearms pouring into Hyderabad. Deccan Chronicle, 12 June 2015

Indian forces cross into Myanmar. Time, 10 June 2015

Manipur: waiting to happen. The Hindu, 6 June 2015

Indian army foils attack on a military base. DNA, 1 June 2015

Manipur: 20 soldiers killed in ambush. The Hindu, 4 June 2015 

Kashmir: another phase of the tragedy?  EPW, 30 May 2015

J&K: Three killed in Kashmir as militants target army. DNA, 25 May 2015

Fatalities in left wing extremism, 2005-15. SATP, 24 May 2015

Countering Left Wing Extremism: failures in successes. IPCS, 21 May 2015

Hunt for Army assault rifle may be called off. Times of India, 20 May 2015

Maoist rebels in India release 250 hostagesAl Jazeera, 15 May 2015

Seshachalam: murders most foul. Frontline, 15 May 2015

CAG on ammunition: India is safe, Rajnath Singh. Zeenews, 10 May 2015

CAG hits Defence Ministry on ammunition. Economic Times, 8 May 2015

No, Gandhi wouldn’t have supported the gun lobby.  Gunsense, 7 May 2015

8 security personnel killed in Nagaland ambush. Indian Express, 3 May 2015

CRPF deployed in Red zones will get AK-47s. Times of India, 26 April 2015

High Court notice on INSAS rifle controversy. Indian Express, 23 April 2015

48 guns, 7900 ammunition seized in Mizoram. Economic Times, 16 April 2015

Naxals killing spree, third attack in three days. Tehelka, 13 April 2015

Police kill 20 suspected sandalwood smugglers. Guardian, 7 April 2015

Bengaluru getting firearms from north India. Police News, 2 April 2015


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