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It was Raji who sent me the link to this video,while commenting on my post on child sex and abuse.
I was moved by it and felt disturbed. It is easy to talk about principles.To go through personal losses and sufferings and then talk about them in public,is an altogether different matter.A rape usually ends the life of a girl.The rest of her destiny is like a caterpillar in a cocoon, never going to get the chance to be a butterfly.To gather the smouldering  remains of a  life and start a  new journey with  a mission set apart for others, is next to impossible.


Sunitha Krishnan has dedicated her life to rescuing women and children from sex slavery, a multimilion-dollar global market. In this courageous talk, she tells three powerful stories, as well as her own, and calls for a more humane approach to helping these young victims rebuild their lives.

Dr Sunita Krishnan is an extraordinary person. She makes us think about our own social commitments and how insensitive most of us have become to the problems of the underprivileged around us. How much can one Sunita do? How long can we remain silent? It is shameful to notice that she gets the help of American organizations to get her tasks of raids and rescues done. The police wouldn’t have helped otherwise.

There was an overwhelming response to Sunita’s talk.  Her organization is gaining recognition as the leading force against trafficking of women and children in India. She was honored with the' Real Heroes' award in April 2008. It is also worth mentioning that Prajwala was recently awarded with the prestigious AGFUND International Award for its pioneering work to combat trafficking women.

For most of us it would be hard to believe such things happen in our country. Teenage girls are forcibly kept as slaves and traded. I have posted a link to an actual raid in a brothel to rescue the girls. Sunita’s initiative is involved in routine raids of such brothels with the help of local police.

Dr. Sunitha Krishnan is the chief functionary and co-founder of Prajwala. After gaining a doctorate in social work, she had founded the organization along with a friend of hers. He  was a Christian missionary and  died in 2005. Prajwala  means "eternal flame." It is dedicated to removing/  rescuing  women from brothels. It begins with helping their children. In 1995 she started a school with five children. Today, aside from this boarding school for HIV positive kids, Prajwala runs 17 schools across the city of Hyderabad with 5,000 children.Her organization deserves help from all kind hearted people.

About two million people are trafficked each year within India or from neighboring countries. Most are inducted into the sex trade at age 10 or even earlier, usually destined for big cities and tourist areas. Prajwala has developed a network of informants in the sex industry to help conduct what have become trademark brothel raids. Most of the young women rescued are already veterans of the trade. Many are actually very reticent. 

Malini, one of her inmates responds. When we asked the police, "Why are you hitting us?" they said "because you do this immoral work." And I said, "Well, why are you catching us? You should go after our house madams, not us. But they just beat us some more".

The rape per se was not so much of an issue for me.  Sunita talks about her own experience of rape.”I don't know, for some reason I was never traumatized by that, the fact that I was raped. But what happened after that made me think [about] the way my family treated me, the way the world treated me, the way people around me treated me. The sense that thousands and millions of children and young people are being sexually violated and that there's this huge silence about it around me angers me. This huge normalization of that angers me”. 

Prostitution is a very lucrative organized crime she says. She's been beaten up 14 times since starting Prajwala, the price for rescuing thousands of children from what she calls "the world's oldest form of slavery." 

19 comments:

Harman January 13, 2011 at 3:56 PM  

oh My God!
this is so touching!its kinda sick people doin it with kids ..Its an irony!I jus cant see the video..
its very very Sad!

raji January 13, 2011 at 4:44 PM  

Hello Anthony sir.You have made a good research about Miss Sunita and her accomplishments and also about the child trafikking for sexual cause.Actually I wanted to see details about her ,but somehow missed it.I am thankful to you that you gave such a nice information on that.But there are no words for her deeds and what she is doing at present.Its not easy to dedicate your entire life for a unique specific deed;and Miss sunita has done that.

A January 13, 2011 at 6:12 PM  

Very very sad. Thanks to Raji and you Dr. Anthony. India is becoming like other South East Asian counties. It is very sad. It is good to see some one resisting it. My wife is an MSW and she works with victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual abuse and knows far more than me on this subject and this organization.

Balachandran V January 13, 2011 at 6:25 PM  

Dear Doc, Words are meaningless here...

Meera's World January 13, 2011 at 10:24 PM  

Thanks for the post. These people are the real heroes.

kochuthresiamma p .j January 14, 2011 at 1:13 AM  

the painful underside of 'civilization! so infinitely sad.
the culture of silence - how well put - and how true.
wish i had the courage to be proactive like dr sunita krishnan - -

Bikramjit January 14, 2011 at 4:37 AM  

this is happening everywhere in the world , in UK too its taking place
Sad situation hope things change thats all we can do

Bikram's

Rachna January 14, 2011 at 5:46 AM  

Terrible situation with the trafficking. Thanks for sharing these details with us. Hats off to Ms. Sunita.

meerasrajan January 14, 2011 at 7:56 AM  

A good one. I have met Sunita and have great respect for the work that she is doing. One of the important things about rape in India is the attitude towards it. If we reflect the words that deal with rape in almost all Indian languages mean mean "taking away one's virtue". But the question is no one really looks at it as a crime. Movies show girls being married off to rapists in a bid to solve the problem. Wierd!! And as far as prostitution is concerned it is a racket that is difficult to break. In a society that has deep seated gender inequalities prostitution is just another example of how women are victimised. Good post! I appreciate it as a member of the non profit sector that works with marginalized women!!

NRIGirl January 14, 2011 at 9:49 AM  

Beauty from ashes... A beautiful story; thanks for sharing.

anilkurup January 14, 2011 at 9:05 PM  

Doc , such deeds cannot be commented in any known words that we know.
Well but remember it is only Man- God's creation, that he created fascinated by his own image . only can do such ,

BK Chowla, January 14, 2011 at 10:33 PM  

I have no words for this post except I wish we had more of Likes of Sunita for the world to become a better place to live in.

Sojen January 15, 2011 at 12:38 AM  

Dr,
I really appreciate for your findings and the time u spend to expose such tragedies in India. Hope u will try to expose more of these types when u have time.

Happy Kitten January 16, 2011 at 1:44 AM  

Sunitha touched my heart too.. nd all I could do was write..
http://under-the-tree-of-tranquility.blogspot.com/2009/12/sunitha-needs-your-attention.html

Thank you for the detailed report on her.. may more open their eyes.

my email id is as follows: asha.aak@gmail.com

Margaret Cloud January 16, 2011 at 3:39 PM  

This is a very good post and very informative. This lady is a saint among us fellow men, she is doing such a good job. I pray that the work she is doing for people that would be lost forever keeps going strong and she receives the support she is asking for. Have a nice week.

Insignia January 17, 2011 at 12:20 AM  

No words would suffice to thank the lady. She is a real savior. God bless her

Hip Grandma January 18, 2011 at 5:14 AM  

we all like to pretend that such things happen elsewhere among uncivilized communities. The sad truth is that these incidents happen right under our nose and we look the other way. Those that stand up are harassed and tormented. even if we chech sexual abuse in our own families a lot could be done. this could be the beginning.Hats off to the lady mentioned by you.

Renu January 19, 2011 at 7:44 PM  

I read about her earlier too..it is very sad that in India we victimise the victim not the perpetrator.

sm January 20, 2011 at 2:12 AM  

thanks for sharing the bio of great lady.

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