Sunitha Krishnan was gangraped by eight men at the age of 15 while working on a non-literacy campaign for the Dalit community. This horrific incident didnt let her down and she emerged stronger than ever from her adversity.
She is the co-founder of an NGO named ‘Prajwala’ . Prajwala works for the rehabilitation of sex-trafficked victims and their children into the society. It also extends moral, financial, social and legal support to the victims. Prajwala, under the guidance of Dr. Sunitha Krishnan, has so far saved more than 12,000 lives who were forced into prostitution and sexual slavery. Prajwala is ‘Internationally Recognised‘ and is often consulted by the UN, US Government and Indian Government for jointly carrying out rehabilitation services of victims.
Dr. Sunitha Krishnan claims she has been attacked 14 times and receives regular death threats from mafias. She escaped an acid attack once and a poisoning attempt fortunately.
Dr. Sunitha Krishnan has also been involved in making of many documentary films on social issues. She has been honoured with numerous accolades and international awards for her contribution to the society.
Her message to the society is,
“Break your culture of silence. This tolerance to violence and to sexual slavery has to go. The day we can create a zero tolerance society and break our silence on all forms of sexual violence will be the day we can see social transformation.”
Dr. Sunitha Krishnan has surpassed all barriers of human courage and determination. She used her horrific trauma experience to bring back the victims into the society with respect.
Dr. Sunitha Krishnan is not a ‘victim’ -not even a ‘survivor’ – but a ‘winner. She is an inspiration to us and personalities like her makes our country India, an ‘Admirable India’.