Street Crime in India

What's really going on in the streets of India

Many people in India are affected by Street Crime

  • The most recent calculated percentage of the homicide rate in India was 3.5 percent of the population per year. This means that around 3 people are deliberately killed in the streets of India every year. Since 2002 the homicide rate in India has stayed in the same range of 3 up until 2011. These numbers may not seem that big but these numbers represent much more than just how many people are killed per year in the streets. As the years go on the amount of terror and fear is adding up with people thinking "am I going to be next?"

What's being done about the problem

  • "When faced with spiraling crime rates or public outrage following heinous murders, politicians and government authorities sometimes present the resumption of executions as a crime-control measure, despite the lack of convincing evidence of the deterrent effect of the death penalty." (Amnesty International) There isn't anything being done by the government about this problem that is benefiting India. There are some leaders with less power within the communities that have a clear vision of how bad this problem is and they have gotten some people together and have been talking about abolishing the death penalty and many other methods that could best benefits the streets of India and it's people as well.

People are affected in many different ways

  • These deaths could mean many different things. It could mean that there is a major decrease in population, people losing their homes due to destruction and a mass amount of fear and terror. The people believe that in order for them to feel safe that the police forces and the government have to be perceived as being legitimate and being able to control and prevent crime. Also the people believe that the criminal justice system also has to be fair and efficient when it comes to people going against the law.
  • “In order to have the death penalty, you need to have persons charged and convicted. The statistics show people are not charged and convicted for 99 percent of the murders that occur.” This quote shows that many criminals in India don't even get tried for the crimes that they commit and this is not fair for all the people that are killed for no reason and it is also not fair to their families because there is no justice being served.

History of Government Policies

Historical Connections

  • In the Industrial Revolution women and children were being treated unfairly compared to everyone else. They would have to work more harsh hours without a break and they would suffer a lot from that. Today in modern day India most of the crimes that are happening are towards women and children for many reasons, some being involvement in gangs, human trafficking and a lot of other reasons. Between these two periods of time w it's clear that the men have always been in a position of power and it's not fair.


  • There are many different things that can be tried in India to try and make their streets more safe and make the people feel more at home. There are a couple of things that I would recommend for this government. The government should put their main focus on crime prevention programs. If this happens then their will be more people coming together to decrease the crime rate that is going on in the streets and overtime they will definitely become a lot safer. Another recommendation I have is that the government looks for some better political leadership. They need to focus on getting rid of the death penalty because it clearly isn't helping and people also believe that it isn't helping either and that they feel less safe with it in place. Instead of the death penalty they should look towards imprisonment and not let the criminals take the easy way out.

Indian students shout slogans as they march in the street during a protest in New Delhi, India.


Works Cited

"India." Amnesty International. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Dec. 2013. <>.

"NOT MAKING US SAFER: CRIME, PUBLIC SAFETY AND THE DEATH PENALTY." Amnesty International. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Dec. 2013. <>.

Unicef. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Dec. 2013. <>.