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Decline in deaths due to firearms by half: Survey

While the study does not point to reasons for the sharp decline,it says the decrease is highly localised to certain regions.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
September 21, 2011 2:16:20 am

India has seen a drastic reduction in deaths due to firearms crimes but Bihar,Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh remain the most dangerous states and account for more than 60 per cent of all deaths recorded that were related to small arms,a new survey has suggested.

A report by the Small Arms Survey,a research group based out of Geneva,has recorded crime statistics in India over a 10-year period from 1999 and says that the number of suicides,murders and accidents has fallen by half from 12,147 in 1999 to 6,219 in 2008. While the study does not point to reasons for the sharp decline,it says the decrease is highly localised to certain regions.

The study has also pointed out that just over 15 per cent of the total firearms in India,which are estimated to be 40 million,are licenced while the rest are illegal and account for a bulk of the fatalities due to firearms.

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