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Radicalisation Process of the Terrorist

Radicalisation Process of the Terrorist


Terrorism is the gravest threat to the nation. The terrorism is the use of violence to create fear in the mind of public. In order to counter terrorism, it is highly necessary to understand the terrorists’ psychology and radicalization process of motivation in becoming a terrorist. The use of traditional methods to understand such complex cases of terrorism has not yielded good results. Therefore, a newer approach using Narco analysis is used in this study as a tool to extract the information from complex cases of terrorism in understanding the motivation of terrorists. The study also explains the motivation using several theories such as identity theory, humiliation-frustration theory and group socialization theory. A sample of 30 terrorists was subjected to psychological examinations using interview method and narco analysis. The results of the present study indicate the factors which motivated the individuals for radicalization process in terrorism were religion, finance, perceived injustice, identity and belongingness. The results also indicate that the assessed data has been found in correlation with the theories such as identity theory, humiliation-revenge theory and group socialization theory. By addressing the intellectual component, an emotional component, a social component it may be possible to make them aware the reality that that may rekindle their radical beliefs.

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Malini, S. and Nagaraja C. 2017. "Radicalisation Process of the Terrorist." Journal of International Academy of Forensic Science & Pathology 5 (January). http://www.jiafp.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/MALINI-FINAL-PUBLISH.pdf

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