Padma recognition for my efforts: Sunitha Krishnan
The rise in incidence of sexual atrocities against infants and two and three-year-old girls is a more disturbing aspect. All my struggle is to free as many women as possible from the clutches of traffickers and enable them to live a normal life in society
Hyderabad: The Padma Shri Award presented by the Union government is not for me and it is for my endeavour for rescue and rehabilitation of trafficked girls, says Sunitha Krishnan.
In a chat with The Hans India, Sunitha, co-founder of Prajwala, says, “The presentation of the country’s fourth highest civilian award has given an impetus to my campaign against women trafficking. I consider it as a due recognition to my movement against trafficking. It also means that the government has admitted the fact that there is widespread prevalence of girl trafficking, prostitution, abuse and exploitation in a country where the woman is worshipped. The civil society must play a proactive role to curb girl trafficking without remaining a mute spectator to the social evil.’’
On reasons that led to setting up of Prajwala, she says, “I have a practical experience of trauma and social discrimination faced by a rape victim. It is unfortunate that the society does not show compassion towards a rape victim. Instead, it always tries to demean a rape victim subjecting her to further trauma. Hence, I decided to champion the cause of rape victims and trafficked girls.’’
Commenting on ban on entry of women into the sanctum sanctorum of famous temples, she says, “It is not a matter of grave concern in a country where more than 30 lakh women are living like slaves in red light areas. The rise in incidence of sexual atrocities against infants and two and three-year-old girls is a more disturbing aspect. All my struggle is to free as many women as possible from the clutches of traffickers and enable them to live a normal life in society.”
On the future plan of action of Prajwala, she says, “My dream is to close down NGOs like Prajwala in the country. But it is possible only when the country is free from girl trafficking and when there is no sexual atrocity against women.
Realisation of my dream is unlikely till the creation of an idealistic society where men and women are equal in all aspects. Now, I am more determined to continue my fight against girl trafficking with renewed vigour.”