On July 18, 2017, Rajesh Savaliya, a 31-year-old activist, was found severely injured on the side of a highway in Gujarat, India. Unfortunately, Savaliya later succumbed to his injuries that day.
Mr. Savaliya was murdered because of his attempts to expose the alleged corruption in the schools in the area, including the education mafia that was extracting money from students and schools operating without proper licenses and approval letters.
Savaliya was using the right to information (RTI) as a tool to expose this corruption. Savaliya had previously reported receiving threats from the alleged corrupt education mafia.
However, Savaliya’s story is not unique: in India Since 2005, more than 60 activists have been killed, and hundreds more have been assaulted, or violently intimidated for filing RTI requests.