Have riots in India declined over the past three years?
The reported rate of riots and civil disturbances has declined marginally over the past few years but so has the rate of convictions
Last week, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) published data on major crimes in India recorded by police departments across states till 2016. At first glance, the data suggests a sharp drop in riots in the country over the past three years. But this impression is partly a statistical artefact, caused by changes in how NCRB classifies riots data.