Mapping the violence against RTI activists.
A few important things to keep in mind:
- This mapping is based on reported incidents. Reported is not the same as actual. There are a few states for which the data is not available such as Kerala, West Bengal, Telangana, Himachal Pradesh, Tripura, Sikkim, Mizoram, Lakshadweep, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
- The shapefiles have been downloaded and are publicly available at GADM. I have no control over the accuracy of territorial boundaries.
- The data comes from Wikipedia. I have not been able to find a single source that has compiled all incidents against RTI activists. The raw data and the summary statistics are available at the bottom of the page. I have also uploaded the R script I used to create these maps in a text format.
- The incidents are categorized into assaults, harassments and killed. There is a small minority for which the classification was either not known or not clear (such as when a person is fired from his/her job).