At around 2:30 AM on February 8, 2016, Indian journalist Malini Subramaniam heard the sound of metal hitting her back gate. She went outside; there were several large stones on her porch, and the rear window of her car was shattered.
Immediately, Subramaniam knew why this had happened. A former head of the Red Cross in Chattisgarh and one of a few reporters on human rights violations in the region, Subramaniam has written extensively about Chattisgarh for Scroll.in, a news website. Her stories—about rape allegations against security guards, protests against police, and even, appropriately, the harassment of journalists—ruffled many feathers in the remote region; local politicians demanded she stop writing.