GIV­ING WINGS TO FLY

This In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day, Ni­tasha Chawla talks about some su­per­women who have trans­formed the lives of un­der­priv­i­leged women by fight­ing against the sys­tem, tra­di­tions and cus­toms that im­pede their growth.

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Metro -

There are hun­dreds of child brides who are liv­ing a life of dig­nity af­ter be­ing freed from the shack­les of child mar­riage. Many women from re­mote vil­lages of Odisha are now in­de­pen­dent and have been saved from do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. Voices of sev­eral un­der­priv­i­leged women have been heard by the law. All this has been the re­sult of the ef­forts of women, who have ded­i­cated their lives to em­power other women.

These women are fear­less and fierce, they are clothed in strength and dig­nity. Meet the women rights ac­tivists who have been em­pow­er­ing un­der­priv­i­leged women through their re­lent­less pur­suits.

DR KRITI BHARTI

Hail­ing from Ra­jasthan, where child mar­riage con­tin­ues to rob young girls of their child­hood, Dr Kriti’s ef­forts in fight­ing the dogma of child mar­riage have been recog­nised glob­ally. Till date, she has an­nulled more than 35 child mar­riages, and stopped over thou­sand more. She has also re­ha­bil­i­tated more than 6,000 chil­dren and 5,500 women.

Kriti is a war­rior who has not only fought the age-old cus­tom of child mar­riage but also given a new life to these child brides through her re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme. Her NGO, Saarthi Trust is in­cluded in World Records In­dia for the firstever Child Mar­riage An­nul­ment in In­dia in 2012. Dr Kriti has been be­stowed with many awards and she con­tin­ues to add to her vic­to­ries each day.

VRINDA GROVER

A renowned Supreme Court lawyer and hu­man rights ac­tivist, Vrinda was iden­ti­fied by TIME mag­a­zine as one of the 100 most in­flu­en­tial women in 2013. She has used her prow­ess as a lawyer to pro­tect the rights of women, who can­not af­ford le­gal aid on their own.

She has ac­tively dealt with do­mes­tic vi­o­lence cases and cases in­volv­ing sex­ual mi­nori­ties. Grover has also rep­re­sented vic­tims in the Soni Sori rape case, and has been in­flu­en­tial in the draft­ing of the Crim­i­nal Law Amend­ment of 2013, the POCSO Act 2012 and the Pre­ven­tion of Tor­ture Bill, 2010.

MANASI PRAD­HAN

She be­lieved she could, so she did. Manasi Prad­han is an In­dian women ac­tivist and au­thor, hail­ing from Orissa where she has done ex­ten­sive work in the field of women em­pow­er­ment. A women’s rights ac­tivist and au­thor who re­ceived the Rani Lak­sh­mibai Stree Shakti Puraskar in 2013, Manasi has risen against the odds she faced in her early child­hood to up­lift the life of women fac­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. She is the founder of Hon­our for Women Na­tional Cam­paign, a na­tion­wide move­ment to end vi­o­lence against women in In­dia.

DR KRITI BHARTI

MANASI PRAD­HAN

VRINDA GROVER

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