India’s Seven Million Security Guards

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In 2013, India had over seven million security guards supplied by 16000 security agencies. What's a day in the life of a watchman like?

Vinod Singh has been a security guard since 1997. Hailing from Bihar, he took up the job because he hadn’t passed his 10th grade exams. Though he has 19 years of experience guarding five banks, he makes only Rs. 7000 a month – the same that a fresher at the job could get.

In 2013, India had over seven million security guards supplied by sixteen thousand security agencies. To put that number in perspective, the Indian Army's authorized strength is only around 1.2 million.

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