What it is
"Crimes Against Women: Visualizing the rape cases in India" aims to educate through illustration and interactive storytelling. In India, the stigma behind the dependence of women is always brought up when a woman wants to go out alone. There have been efforts to change the thinking of the society, but what if we told you that the numbers haven't decreased, but in fact, have increased since 2011? And that they paint a gruesome picture of the truth we choose to ignore - most of the people who rape women are those that they know. Our visualizations show exactly this: the YoY trend and data from 2018 (the year in which India was declared the most unsafe for women) in an interactive way.
The inspiration behind the visualization is simple: creating something simple, in an impactful way. We took inspiration from the 2018 article by multiple journals stating India is an unsafe country for women and showed that India has been unsafe for women for quite some time. As is evident, from 2011, the numbers haven't changed much.
We decided to do our graphics on Canva. We took the magazine pages from 3 journals that released pieces on how India is unsafe. We made the graphs using Excel and collected the data from the NCRB. Finally, to make the visuals interactive, we used the OSS genially. While building this visualization, we faced challenges in trying to obtain the data along with knowing the fact that all cases were not reported. We faced some issues in trying to design the pages and visualizing the charts, but we put in maximum effort to overcome these obstacles and create an insightful visualization.
What we learned as beginners
We learned the process of visualization in great detail and how software like Canva and Excel can be used for visualization. Also, being first-timers in a hackathon, learning to use new software like genially, which is actually an image editing app, was an interesting experience. Who knew you could create stunning visualizations on an interactive image-making app? Extending the boundaries of the thinkable was our priority, and that we did!