Sunitha grew up with a fancy to help the poor children of her village. She turns out to be a social worker. She dedicated her life to being an activist to fight against the trafficking group and she is rescuing women from brothels. She also runs a school for 5000 children of sex workers.
Being a Ph. D holder in Social Work and honored with many awards, she has done extensive research and is essentially a field practitioner. She has been instrumental in rescuing hundreds of children from severely abusive conditions and restoring childhood to them. She is the mother to so many children rescued by her…
The abuse and the violence for female starts in the womb and only few among us fight against that. Everyone tries to protect their family and friends and only few fights for the society.
Finance and space have always been a problem for Prajwala. “At one point, I had to sell my personal belongings to pay the salary of our staff. But I managed to pull along. Many of the awards have helped but lack of funds is a perennial problem,” admits Sunitha.
She says “Each minute counts. Sometimes, we get information about minor girls, some as young as three, and by the time, we marshal the man power and police protection to mount a rescue operation, it would be too late to prevent the child from being sold into the flesh trade.”
- How is it possible to protect the health of someone whose “job” means that they will get raped on an average once a day?
- How come this “job” in which they are shoved without any choice or idea can be a legalized one?
- When we feel that it is so distasteful, why aren’t we ready to fight for that?
- Are we too afraid to address the male demand?
People like Sunitha provide us the ray of hope, the ray of inspiration. She stands barely taller than the children that she plays with in school. But she is a towering figure. She is their big sister, mother and school principal.
For her efforts she has been honored with the following awards,
- Indiavision, Person of the year 2011
- Global Leadership Award, 2011
- UNODC -‘Real Heroes’ Award for her Contribution to Combat Human Trafficking, on 19 April 2008
- Vanitha Women of the Year 2009
- Real Heroes Award, 2008, awarded by Reliance Industries Limited and CNN-IBN network.
- Perdita Houston International Award for Human Rights, 2007, awarded by United Nations Association of the National Capital, Washington, DC
- Stree Shakti Puraskar, Government of India Women’s Day awards announced, The Hindu
- IRDS Safdar Hashmi awards 2012 for Human Rights by Institute for Research and Documentation in Social Sciences Lucknow