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Violent Deaths and Enforced Disappearances During the Counterinsurgency in Punjab, India

A Preliminary Quantitative Analysis

January 26, 2009

New analysis reveals the true cost of suspending the rule of law in India in the name of national security. This report, by Ensaaf and the Benetech Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG), presents verifiable quantitative findings on mass disappearances and extrajudicial executions in the Indian state of Punjab, contradicting the Indian government's portrayal of the Punjab counterinsurgency as a successful and "humane" campaign.

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  1. Title Page, Preface, Table of Contents, Executive Summary
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  2. Introduction
  3. Background
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  4. Motivation for this Quantitative Analysis
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  5. Observed Patterns of the Reported Lethal Violence
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  6. The Nature of the Reported Lethal Violence in Punjab
  7. The Demographic Profile of Victims of Reported Enforced Disappearances, Encounters, and Illegal Cremations
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  8. Conclusion
  9. About the Authors
  10. Acknowledgments
  11. Appendices
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