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Non-Lethal Weapons: A Viable Option for Crowd Control in India

Parveen Bhardwaj
March 2014

NLWs: Steps India Should Consider:

  • A collective strategic vision, organizational coordination, synergy, and able political leadership will be vital for India’s futuristic NLWs deployment.
  • R&D is vital in order to develop technology that is in national interest.
  • Standardization and documentation of equipment validity is eminent to make sure they are safe.
  • Recording and documentation of events are important so that nature of the event and effect can be analyzed and used for research.
  • The legal framework needs to be developed to determine whether a new system is lawful and to ensure the legality of the use of NLWs at the time of deployment.

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The author is a researcher in the strategic technologies centre of Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. His interest area includes aerospace technologies, futuristic weapons and defence technologies.