Gurdaspur

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


641 documented cases in Gurdaspur District


Key statistics for documented cases in Gurdaspur District

Victim Demographics 

Gender

99.1% Male 635
 
 
0.9% Female 6

Marital status

66.5% Not married 426
 
 
33.4% Married 214

If married, did the victim have children?

27.8% Yes 178
 
 
4.8% No 31


Total children surviving victims: 463


Religion

98.4% Sikh 631
 
 
1.6% Non-Sikh 10

Caste

84.1% Jat 539
 
 
15.9% Non-Jat 102

Age

4.2% 0-17 27
 
80.7% 18-33 517
 
9.8% 34-49 63
 
2.0% 50-64 13
 
0.5% 65+ 3
 
0.2% Age unknown 1
 

Education

12.0% No education 77
 
12.6% Primary school 81
 
19.2% Middle school 123
 
44.6% High school 286
 
2.3% Some college 15
 
4.7% College degree 30
 
1.7% Graduate degree 11
 
2.7% Vocational degree 17
 

Employment

46.0% Farmer/agriculture 295
 
16.8% Student 108
 
7.3% Driver (bus/truck/car) 47
 
7.3% Day labourer 47
 
3.7% Mechanic 24
 
3.7% Shopkeeper 24
 
0.9% Unemployed 6
 
0.8% Housewife 5
 
24.6% Other 158
 

Urban / Rural

92.0% Rural 590
 
 
8.0% Urban 51

Abduction, Detention, & Torture 

Prior detentions

50.5% Yes 324
 
 
49.1% No 315

Prior torture

44.9% Yes 288
 
 
5.6% No 36

Abduction preceding enforced disappearance/extrajudicial execution

79.4% Yes 509
 
 
19.0% No 122

Security officials informed witnesses where they were taking the victim

23.8% Yes 106
 
 
72.6% No 324

Witnesses to abduction

69.6% Yes 446
 
 
2.8% No 18

Victim abduction location

16.8% Roadside 108
 
15.4% Victim’s residence 99
 
13.1% Friend/relative's residence 84
 
5.6% Village fields 36
 
3.3% Bus station/stand 21
 
3.0% Shop/market 19
 
2.7% Checkpoint (naka) 17
 
1.6% Police station 10
 
1.2% Village drain 8
 
13.4% Other 86
 

Detention facility type

Data forthcoming


Preceding detention location known

52.0% Yes 333
 
 
27.3% No 175

Witnesses to detention preceding enforced disappearance/extrajudicial execution

Data forthcoming


Security official response to victim status

9.8% Gave no response 63
 
9.2% Other 59
 
5.3% Denied involvement 34
 
5.1% Told family to go to another police station 33
 
4.4% Killed victim in an “encounter” 28
 
4.1% Admitted extrajudicial execution with no explanation 26
 
0.9% Admitted custody only 6
 
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
 
 
42.0% No 269

Enforced Disappearances vs. Extrajudicial Executions 

Classification

90.6% Extrajudicial executions 581
 
 
9.4% Enforced disappearances 60

Number of victims per family

82.8% 1 victim 531
 
13.9% 2 victims 89
 
2.0% 3 victims 13
 
1.1% 4 victims 7
 

Related incidents

2.5% Genuine encounters in family 16
 
 
96.9% No genuine encounters in family 621

Body Disposal 

Body disposal by security forces

48.2% Cremated the body 309
 
0.5% Dumped body in canal or river 3
 

Security forces returned body

10.3% Yes 66
 
0.5% Yes, but forced immediate cremation 3
 
79.6% No 510
 

Condition of corpse, if known

10.6% Bullet wounds 68
 
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

60.8% Yes 390
 
 
22.6% No 145

Security forces uniformed

72.9% Yes 325
 
 
8.7% No 39

Type(s) of security forces involved in abduction

69.0% Punjab Police 442
 
5.6% BSF 36
 
5.0% CRPF 32
 
3.3% Other 21
 
2.8% Black cat 18
 
0.9% Army 6
 
0.5% Criminal Investigation Agency 3
 

Type(s) of security forces involved in extrajudicial execution

80.3% Punjab police 515
 
5.9% BSF 38
 
3.9% CRPF 25
 
3.1% Black cat 20
 
2.5% Other 16
 
0.9% Army 6
 
0.6% Criminal Investigation Agency 4
 

Militancy Involvement 

Combatant status

57.4% Combatant 368
 
 
40.1% Non-combatant 257

Non-combatant, provided support to militants

7.6% Yes 49
 
 
30.0% No 192

If provided support, support was voluntary

5.1% Yes 33
 
 
2.0% No 13

Remedies & Impact 

Approached court or commission

17.6% Yes 113
 
 
81.1% No 520

Approached security officials

29.8% Yes 191
 
 
69.3% No 444

Reason the family did not pursue any kind of action

67.1% Afraid of retaliation 430
 
23.1% Couldn’t afford 148
 
22.0% Didn’t know what to do 141
 
19.5% Believed it would have been ineffective 125
 
2.7% Not applicable 17
 
0.2% Other 1
 

Remedies desired from government

81.3% Monetary compensation to family 521
 
63.2% Truth commission 405
 
61.2% Employment 392
 
47.4% Public acknowledgement of wrongful deaths 304
 
47.1% Memorial for victims 302
 
46.5% Criminal Sanctions against those responsible 298
 
45.2% Investigations into abuses 290
 
42.0% Rehabilitation services to family members 269
 
3.6% Desire nothing from government 23
 
1.6% Other 10
 

Year & District  

District

100.0% Gurdaspur 641
 

Year

0.3% 1981 2
 
0.0% 1982 0
 
0.0% 1983 0
 
1.6% 1984 10
 
0.9% 1985 6
 
2.8% 1986 18
 
5.9% 1987 38
 
5.1% 1988 33
 
9.2% 1989 59
 
8.3% 1990 53
 
22.8% 1991 146
 
27.3% 1992 175
 
10.6% 1993 68
 
2.2% 1994 14
 
0.3% 1995 2
 
0.0% 1996 0
 
0.0% 1997 0
 
0.0% 1998 0
 
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