Gurdaspur

Boundaries based on the 2001 census. Read about our methodology.


636 documented cases in Gurdaspur District


Key statistics for documented cases in Gurdaspur District

Victim Demographics 

Gender

99.1% Male 630
 
 
0.9% Female 6

Marital status

66.8% Not married 425
 
 
33.2% Married 211

If married, did the victim have children?

27.4% Yes 174
 
 
4.7% No 30


Total children surviving victims: 454


Religion

98.4% Sikh 626
 
 
1.6% Non-Sikh 10

Caste

84.0% Jat 534
 
 
16.0% Non-Jat 102

Age

4.2% 0-17 27
 
80.5% 18-33 512
 
10.1% 34-49 64
 
2.0% 50-64 13
 
0.5% 65+ 3
 
0.2% Age unknown 1
 

Education

12.3% No education 78
 
12.4% Primary school 79
 
19.7% Middle school 125
 
44.2% High school 281
 
2.4% Some college 15
 
4.6% College degree 29
 
1.7% Graduate degree 11
 
2.7% Vocational degree 17
 

Employment

45.8% Farmer/agriculture 291
 
16.5% Student 105
 
7.5% Day labourer 48
 
7.4% Driver (bus/truck/car) 47
 
3.8% Mechanic 24
 
3.6% Shopkeeper 23
 
0.9% Unemployed 6
 
0.8% Housewife 5
 
25.2% Other 160
 

Urban / Rural

92.1% Rural 586
 
 
7.9% Urban 50

Abduction, Detention, & Torture 

Prior detentions

50.8% Yes 323
 
 
48.9% No 311

Prior torture

45.1% Yes 287
 
 
5.7% No 36

Abduction preceding enforced disappearance/extrajudicial execution

79.1% Yes 503
 
 
19.2% No 122

Security officials informed witnesses where they were taking the victim

23.7% Yes 105
 
 
73.1% No 324

Witnesses to abduction

69.7% Yes 443
 
 
3.0% No 19

Victim abduction location

16.8% Roadside 107
 
15.6% Victim’s residence 99
 
12.7% Friend/relative's residence 81
 
5.7% Village fields 36
 
3.3% Bus station/stand 21
 
2.8% Shop/market 18
 
2.5% Checkpoint (naka) 16
 
1.7% Police station 11
 
1.1% Village drain 7
 
13.5% Other 86
 

Detention facility type

Data forthcoming


Preceding detention location known

51.6% Yes 328
 
 
27.4% No 174

Witnesses to detention preceding enforced disappearance/extrajudicial execution

Data forthcoming


Security official response to victim status

9.6% Gave no response 61
 
7.4% Other 47
 
4.9% Denied involvement 31
 
4.7% Told family to go to another police station 30
 
4.4% Killed victim in an “encounter” 28
 
3.5% Admitted extrajudicial execution with no explanation 22
 
0.8% Admitted custody only 5
 
0.6% Victim had escaped 4
 
0.5% Victim accidentally killed in custody 3
 
0.3% Victim killed in crossfire with militants 2
 
0.2% Victim killed by militants 1
 

Victim presented before judge/magistrate

3.3% Yes 21
 
 
41.5% No 264

Enforced Disappearances vs. Extrajudicial Executions 

Classification

90.1% Extrajudicial executions 573
 
 
9.9% Enforced disappearances 63

Number of victims per family

82.7% 1 victim 526
 
14.0% 2 victims 89
 
2.0% 3 victims 13
 
1.1% 4 victims 7
 

Related incidents

2.4% Genuine encounters in family 15
 
 
97.0% No genuine encounters in family 617

Body Disposal 

Body disposal by security forces

48.4% Cremated the body 308
 
0.5% Dumped body in canal or river 3
 

Security forces returned body

10.2% Yes 65
 
0.5% Yes, but forced immediate cremation 3
 
79.1% No 503
 

Condition of corpse, if known

10.4% Bullet wounds 66
 
4.2% Broken bones 27
 
3.1% Bruises 20
 
3.0% Cuts/wounds 19
 
2.8% Missing hair from head or face 18
 
1.7% Other 11
 
1.6% Burn marks 10
 
0.8% Missing fingernails 5
 

Security Forces Implicated 

Names of involved security officials known

61.6% Yes 392
 
 
21.4% No 136

Security forces uniformed

72.7% Yes 322
 
 
8.8% No 39

Type(s) of security forces involved in abduction

68.7% Punjab Police 437
 
5.3% BSF 34
 
5.0% CRPF 32
 
3.1% Other 20
 
2.7% Black cat 17
 
0.9% Army 6
 
0.6% Criminal Investigation Agency 4
 

Type(s) of security forces involved in extrajudicial execution

79.7% Punjab police 507
 
5.2% BSF 33
 
3.6% CRPF 23
 
3.1% Black cat 20
 
2.5% Other 16
 
1.1% Army 7
 
0.8% Criminal Investigation Agency 5
 

Militancy Involvement 

Combatant status

57.5% Combatant 366
 
 
39.6% Non-combatant 252

Non-combatant, provided support to militants

7.9% Yes 50
 
 
29.2% No 186

If provided support, support was voluntary

5.3% Yes 34
 
 
1.9% No 12

Remedies & Impact 

Approached court or commission

17.6% Yes 112
 
 
81.1% No 516

Approached security officials

27.5% Yes 175
 
 
71.5% No 455

Reason the family did not pursue any kind of action

67.3% Afraid of retaliation 428
 
23.4% Couldn’t afford 149
 
22.0% Didn’t know what to do 140
 
19.5% Believed it would have been ineffective 124
 
2.8% Not applicable 18
 
0.2% Other 1
 

Remedies desired from government

82.1% Monetary compensation to family 522
 
63.7% Truth commission 405
 
61.9% Employment 394
 
47.3% Public acknowledgement of wrongful deaths 301
 
47.2% Memorial for victims 300
 
46.7% Criminal Sanctions against those responsible 297
 
45.8% Investigations into abuses 291
 
42.6% Rehabilitation services to family members 271
 
3.1% Desire nothing from government 20
 
1.6% Other 10
 

Time & Place  

District

100.0% Gurdaspur 636
 

Year

0.3% 1981 2
 
0.0% 1982 0
 
0.0% 1983 0
 
1.7% 1984 11
 
0.8% 1985 5
 
2.7% 1986 17
 
5.8% 1987 37
 
5.0% 1988 32
 
9.0% 1989 57
 
8.3% 1990 53
 
22.2% 1991 141
 
27.7% 1992 176
 
10.7% 1993 68
 
2.2% 1994 14
 
0.3% 1995 2
 
0.0% 1996 0
 
0.0% 1997 0
 
0.2% 1998 1
 
0.0% 1999 0
 
0.0% 2000 0
 
0.0% 2001 0
 
0.0% 2002 0
 
0.0% 2003 0
 
0.0% 2004 0
 
0.0% 2005 0
 
0.0% 2006 0
 
0.0% 2007 0
 
0.0% 2012 0