About

The MapViolence tool is an initiative of ADF India and its partners to report and track incidents of targeted violence and hostility against Christians in India.

ADF India is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people. Visit www.adfindia.org for more details.

Prior to the launch of MapViolence in May 2019, ADF India managed the Speak Out Against Hate violence mapping tool. The predecessor version was operational since 2014 on the Ushahidi crowd mapping platform. It was hosted at SpeakOutAgainstHate.org which now redirects here.

Methodology

Incidents directly reported on MapViolence.in, or on the United Christian Forum (UCF) helpline number: 1-800-208-4545, or other independent sources, are verified by a moderator nominated by ADF India.

The moderator ascertains the veracity of the information and also verifies whether the incident is directly linked to the victim's Christian faith or identity. Towards this endeavor, as far as possible, the moderator is guided by a three-step verification process:

  • a) Speaking directly with the victim or a near friend who is the informant
  • b) Checking with at least one trusted independent source who resides in that region
  • c) Receiving confirmation of its occurrence from the concerned law enforcement agency directly or through available documents showing that the concerned authorities have officially received or registered the complaint made by the victim about this incident

When MapViolence was launched in May 2019, data was migrated to this new platform from the previous platform - Speak Out Against Hate. Subsequently, new incident categories were added including Social Boycott, Mob Violence and Blasphemy Laws. Data captured prior to the migration will therefore show no results under these newly added categories.

For instance, at MapViolence.in, if the user were to search for instances of Mob Violence in Uttar Pradesh in 2018 using the filter option, the search would yield no data. That doesn't necessarily mean that there were no instances of Mob Violence reported from that State in 2018. Back in 2018, incidents of mob violence were not categorized as such and would typically have been categorized as "physical assault" or "threats & intimidation". Search results for pre-May 2019 migrated data will therefore show no incidents classified under "Mob Violence". Whereas, incidents reported after May 2019 involving mob violence are classified as such.

This is true of some victim categories as well – “senior citizens” and “differently-abled persons”. Data regarding incidents involving these victim categories are categorized as such only from May 2019 onwards.