Unsung Indian Heroes #3-An ugly truth that turned into an eternal hope
Do you know? 93 women are being raped in India every day
Gangraped by 8 men at the age of 15 but saved more than 9,500 girls from human trafficking at the age of 40. Read the inspirational story of Sunitha Krishnan, founder of Prajwala.
Sunitha Krishnan born in Bangalore,started her social work even at the age of 8 years and then the ugly truth happened when she was 15 years old. Being a feminist, she was arrested for protesting against the staging of Miss World in Bangalore in 1995. She was sentenced to jail for 2 months. Her parents were not supportive of her life choices and radical views. She moved in to Hyderabad where she involved in housing issues of people in slum after released from jail.
In 1996, when a red light area in Hyderabad was evacuated, Sunitha stared a transition school Prajwala for homeless sex workers. From taht day, Prajwala has been helping women through prevention, rescue, rehabilitation, reintegration and advocacy. It has rescued more than 9,500 people from trafficking. She has also started an economic rehabilitation program that trains the survivors and victims in carpentry, welding, printing and housekeeping. Prajwala has an international level reputation that Sunitha is regularly consulted by U.S government and United Nations. Now Prajwala has over 200 employees.
In 2009, she gave a speech in TED INDIA conference that was held at Infosys campus, Mysore. She has involved herself in various schemes for several government organizations. She has also drafted own schemes especially kerala’s Nirbhaya Fund
Death Threats and Attacks:
Sunitha krishnan has been physically attacked more than 14 times. she had escaped various attempts that include poisoning, Acid attack and a deliberate attack on her auto by a sumo van. Someone who claimed himself an RTI activist even threatened her that he would “cut her into pieces”
Few of her awards and accolades include:
- Kairali Ananthapuri Award, Muscat, 2014.
- People of the Year award from LIMCA Book of Records, 2014.
- Woman of Substance Award, Rotary Club Mumbai, 2014.
- Anita Parekh Award For Women’s Empowerment, Rotary Club Mumbai, 2013.
- Rotary Social Consciousness Award & Paul Harris Fellowship, Rotary Club Mumbai, 2013.
- Godfrey Phillips National Amodini Award, 2013.
- Living Legends Award from Human Symphony Foundation, 2013.
- Mahila Thilakam Award, Government of Kerala, 2013.
- DVF Exemplary Woman Award, Dianne Von Furstenberg Foundation, 2013.
- Outstanding Woman Award, National Commission for Women, 2013.
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