The Chambal Ravines are a rocky terrain located near the Vindhya Range of mountains in Madhya Pradesh, bordering on Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh in India. Chambal Ravines has deep and narrow gorges, at some places covered by thick growth of greenery and at other places the loose topsoil eroded by rain and ravages of wind and harsh weather. The name Chambal Ravines is derived from the River Chambal, a tributary of River Yamuna. This area has been a safe haven for dacoits for many decades till the mid eighties. These dacoits enjoy the support of the local villagers as the robber gangs used to rob the rich and give away a part of the loot to the poor people. Over 80 gun shops and 25,000 licensed gunowners in Bhind, so Chambal is rightfully called the Valley of Fear. Statistics show how, even after 57 years of Independence, the outlaws or baghis continue to rule the Chambal ravines and the forests nearby. Thirteen districts across Madhya Pradesh (MP), Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan are affected by rural bandits. Six MP districts Gwalior, Shivpuri, Morena, Bhind, Datiya and Sheopur alone witnessed over 450 kidnappings in the past five years. And though about 400 dacoits have been killed over the last 15 years, the crime rate shows little signs of dipping. The Chambal Ravines or 'beehad' (Hindi-बीहड़) has harbored dacoits (bandits) for centuries. One of the famous dacoits was Phoolan Devi, Lokman Dikshit, Man Singh & fakkad Baba who terrorised the entire Chambal valley. It is also known as the "Veer Bhoomi Chambal".