Somebody has rightly said,’It’s easy to live your life but difficult to live it for someone else.’ We, as a society are so lost in the daily humdrum’s of life, we don’t even realize there are millions of people in India who are down trodden and are reeling under the pain of oppression and poverty.
There are millions amongst us who are robbed of their right to lead a dignified life and are getting pushed further into the vicious circle of life. But then not everyone is inhuman. There are people who have devoted their life towards the upliftment and betterment of these oppressed people. They are working effortlessly, without any personal agenda, to provide these people with a quality life and resources.
Here Are 6 Inspiring Indian Human Rights Activists:
1- Kirti Bharti
A resident of Rajasthan and a rehabilitation psychologist,Kirti has till now stopped over 900 child marriages in the last 4 years and has further annulled 150 marriages involving teenage boys and girls. She founded Saarthi Trust in 2012, which work towards protecting victims of child marriage.
2- Kailash Satyarthi
Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi started the Bachpan Bachao Andolan in 1980 and is credited with rescuing more than 80,000 children from child and bonded labour since the 1980s. He was awarded the noble prize in 2014 for his efforts to eradicate child labour in India.
3- Bezwada Wilson
Social Activist Bezwada Wilson, has been effortlessly fighting for the rights of manual scavengers for years. He has been instrumental in helping and rehabilitating 3 lakh manual scavengers out of an estimated number of 6 lakh people still involved in manual scavenging. He was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award this year for “asserting the inalienable right to a life of human dignity.”
4- Sunitha Krishnan
Sunitha Krishnan is a name which deserves our utmost respect and honor. Through her NGO Prajwala, she has been rescuing victims of sex trafficking and rehabilitating them into mainstream society. A gang rape survivor, Sunitha has been attacked 17 times by people who doesn’t want her to continue with her work. Inspite of all the obstacles, she has rescued more than 10,000 women and children and got conferred with Padma Shri award this time.
5- Lakshmi Agarwal
An acid attack survivor, Lakshmi has been working effortlessly to safeguard the interests of acid attack victims through her NGO Chhanv Foundation. In 2014, Laxmi received the International Women of Courage award from First Lady of the US, Michelle Obama, and was also named NDTV Indian of the Year in 2014.
6- Ashok Row Kavi
Regarded as the father of India’s Gay community, Ashok Row Kavi has been fighting for Gay rights in India since 1980’s. He is the founder-chairperson of Humsafar Trust, an LGBT and health organization that works towards legalizing homosexuality, gender awareness, and sexual minorities outreach.
Source: The Better India