South Asia

Organized Panel Session

5 - Crime and Safety in Delhi-NCR

Friday, July 6
10:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Maple, Lower Ground Floor

In recent years, concerns about public safety have grown in prominence in public discourse in India. Unfortunately, public safety, crime, and the police are relatively understudied, thanks in part to a paucity of reliable data. This paper reports on the findings of a crime victimization module embedded within a larger survey of urban life in the National Capital Region (NCR). Due to data constraints, we focus on households in the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi. As one of the new class of megacities emerging in the developing world, Delhi’s experiences with crime victimization and criminal justice not only have implications for millions of its residents but may have lessons that are more broadly applicable as well. The paper has three objectives. First, we document actual crime victimization and the link between reported crime and perceptions of public safety. Second, we describe the strategies crime victims employ to address crimes committed against them. Finally, we briefly study the consequences of crime victimization and lay out an agenda for future research.

Matthew Lillehaugen

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, United States

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Milan Vaishnav

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, United States

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