Religion and Crime: Understanding Crime in Indian Villages Open Access

Kamalapuri, Amanda (2015)

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The rate of crimes against women in India, a predominantly Hindu nation, has increased steadily over the past decade. The Hindu religion encourages a worldview of ahimsa, or non-violence, as well as a respect towards women. Thus, it is interesting to consider the current trends of crimes against women occurring in India. This paper's objective is to analyze crimes against women in Indian villages through the lens of religion. I evaluate the effect of religious affiliation, religious practice, and neighborhood characteristics on different types of crimes committed in villages. I examine these variables at the individual, household, and village level. I find that household level participation in religious groups, as well as village-level availability of religious groups, are important in deterring views and experiences of crime in Indian villages.

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I. Introduction 1

II. Previous Literature 4

III. Describing the Setting: Hinduism & Crime in India 7

IV. Data 9

V. Empirical Specification 14

VI. Results and Discussion 16

VII. Conclusion 19

VIII. References 21

IX. Tables and Figures 24

X. Appendix 30

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