Gurdaspur

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


638 documented cases in Gurdaspur District


Key statistics for documented cases in Gurdaspur District

Victim Demographics 

Gender

99.1% Male 632
 
 
0.9% Female 6

Marital status

66.5% Not married 424
 
 
33.4% Married 213

If married, did the victim have children?

27.7% Yes 177
 
 
4.9% No 31


Total children surviving victims: 460


Religion

98.4% Sikh 628
 
 
1.6% Non-Sikh 10

Caste

84.0% Jat 536
 
 
16.0% Non-Jat 102

Age

4.2% 0-17 27
 
80.6% 18-33 514
 
9.9% 34-49 63
 
2.0% 50-64 13
 
0.5% 65+ 3
 
0.2% Age unknown 1
 

Education

12.1% No education 77
 
12.7% Primary school 81
 
19.3% Middle school 123
 
44.4% High school 283
 
2.4% Some college 15
 
4.7% College degree 30
 
1.7% Graduate degree 11
 
2.7% Vocational degree 17
 

Employment

46.1% Farmer/agriculture 294
 
16.9% Student 108
 
7.4% Day labourer 47
 
7.4% Driver (bus/truck/car) 47
 
3.8% Mechanic 24
 
3.4% Shopkeeper 22
 
0.9% Unemployed 6
 
0.8% Housewife 5
 
24.8% Other 158
 

Urban / Rural

92.0% Rural 587
 
 
8.0% Urban 51

Abduction, Detention, & Torture 

Prior detentions

50.8% Yes 324
 
 
48.9% No 312

Prior torture

45.1% Yes 288
 
 
5.6% No 36

Abduction preceding enforced disappearance/extrajudicial execution

79.3% Yes 506
 
 
19.1% No 122

Security officials informed witnesses where they were taking the victim

23.4% Yes 103
 
 
73.2% No 323

Witnesses to abduction

69.1% Yes 441
 
 
2.8% No 18

Victim abduction location

17.9% Roadside 114
 
15.4% Victim’s residence 98
 
13.0% Friend/relative's residence 83
 
5.6% Village fields 36
 
3.3% Bus station/stand 21
 
3.0% Shop/market 19
 
2.0% Checkpoint (naka) 13
 
1.4% Police station 9
 
1.3% Village drain 8
 
13.2% Other 84
 

Detention facility type

Data forthcoming


Preceding detention location known

51.7% Yes 330
 
 
27.4% No 175

Witnesses to detention preceding enforced disappearance/extrajudicial execution

Data forthcoming


Security official response to victim status

9.9% Gave no response 63
 
9.2% Other 59
 
5.3% Denied involvement 34
 
5.2% 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
 
 
42.2% No 269

Enforced Disappearances vs. Extrajudicial Executions 

Classification

90.6% Extrajudicial executions 578
 
 
9.4% Enforced disappearances 60

Number of victims per family

83.2% 1 victim 531
 
13.5% 2 victim 86
 
2.0% 3 victim 13
 
1.1% 4 victim 7
 

Related incidents

2.5% Genuine encounters in family 16
 
 
96.9% No genuine encounters in family 618

Body Disposal 

Body disposal by security forces

48.4% 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
 
79.5% No 507
 

Condition of corpse, if known

10.5% Bullet wounds 67
 
4.1% Broken bones 26
 
3.0% Bruises 19
 
2.8% Cuts/wounds 18
 
2.8% Missing hair from head or face 18
 
1.6% Other 10
 
1.4% Burn marks 9
 
0.8% Missing fingernails 5
 

Security Forces Implicated 

Names of involved security officials known

61.0% Yes 389
 
 
22.4% No 143

Security forces uniformed

73.0% Yes 322
 
 
8.8% No 39

Type(s) of security forces involved in abduction

69.1% Punjab Police 441
 
5.6% BSF 36
 
5.0% CRPF 32
 
3.3% Other 21
 
2.8% Black cat 18
 
0.9% Army 6
 
0.8% Criminal Investigation Agency 5
 

Type(s) of security forces involved in extrajudicial execution

80.3% Punjab police 512
 
6.0% BSF 38
 
3.9% CRPF 25
 
3.4% Black cat 22
 
2.5% Other 16
 
0.9% Army 6
 
0.6% Criminal Investigation Agency 4
 

Militancy Involvement 

Combatant status

57.5% Combatant 367
 
 
40.0% Non-combatant 255

Non-combatant, provided support to militants

7.5% Yes 48
 
 
29.9% No 191

If provided support, support was voluntary

5.0% Yes 32
 
 
2.0% No 13

Remedies & Impact 

Approached court or commission

17.7% Yes 113
 
 
81.0% No 517

Approached security officials

29.9% Yes 191
 
 
69.1% No 441

Reason the family did not pursue any kind of action

66.9% Afraid of retaliation 427
 
23.2% Couldn’t afford 148
 
22.1% Didn’t know what to do 141
 
19.4% Believed it would have been ineffective 124
 
2.7% Not applicable 17
 
0.2% Other 1
 

Remedies desired from government

81.2% Monetary compensation to family 518
 
63.0% Truth commission 402
 
61.3% Employment 391
 
47.5% Public acknowledgement of wrongful deaths 303
 
47.2% Memorial for victims 301
 
46.4% Criminal sanctions against those responsible 296
 
45.3% Investigations into abuses 289
 
42.2% Rehabilitation services to family members 269
 
3.6% Desire nothing from government 23
 
1.6% Other 10
 

Year & District 

District

100.0% Gurdaspur 638
 

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
 
6.0% 1987 38
 
5.2% 1988 33
 
9.1% 1989 58
 
8.3% 1990 53
 
22.7% 1991 145
 
27.6% 1992 176
 
10.7% 1993 68
 
1.9% 1994 12
 
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
 
2.7% Date Unknown 17