In a country where the national motto is „satyameva jayate” – truth alone shall triumph – the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) has identified more than 300 citizens who were killed, attacked or harassed since 2005 for seeking information under India’s Right to Information Act (RTI).
These include 51 murders, 5 suicides, 130 attacks or assaults, and 125 cases of harassment or threats. Attacks on RTI users have not ceased despite government efforts to protect them from harm.
To showcase this disturbing phenomenon, CHRI has launched an incredible new online resource – the Hall of Shame. CHRI has developed a Google Map-based platform to plot geographically these media reports of attacks on RTI users.
Deserving of thanks and praise is Venkatesh Nayak of the group’s Access to Information Programme, one of the world’s top transparency activists.
Check out the Hall of Shame here…
Many thanks to Mark Worth for sharing this incredible story.