Nithya Nagarathinam is an Engineer with an integrated dual degree in B.E. and M.Sc. from BITS-Pilani. After an exploratory journey of entrepreneurship and grassroots development work, she found her calling in Policy Research. Her grassroots social initiative, Vergal, works to reduce the drop-out rate in Municipal Corporation Schools. She is currently working at the Association for Democratic Reforms, studying Political and Election Finance in India. At ADR, she was part of the team that studied the circulation of unaccounted money in political and electoral processes in India and submitted a Memorandum to the Special Investigation Team on Black Money set up by the Government of India under Justice M.B. Shah. She is also the curator of the Coimbatore hub of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.
As a Public Policy Scholar at the Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, Nithya will carry out a statistical study of reported crimes against women in India to identify and analyse patterns in state-wise incidences and rate of crime against women, with a particular focus on Tamil Nadu. Her preliminary analysis of National Crime Records Bureau data on crime against women indicates Tamil Nadu to be an outlier. She will attempt to understand the underlying reasons for the anomaly and to corroborate the findings with field research.
Read Policy Report No. 15 here:Enabling Reporting of Rape in India: An Exploratory Study.