Padma Shri I Social Activist I Anti- Trafficking Crusader
Who Am I
Krishnan, Social Activist & Reformer. Born in 1969, she is a chief functionary and
co-founder of Prajwala or ‘eternal flame’, an institution in Hyderabad that
assists trafficked women and girls find shelter. Institution works towards
preventing second-generation prostitution. The organization also helps pay for
the education of five thousand children infected with HIV/AIDS in Hyderabad and
runs 17 schools throughout the city and rescued more than 2500 women from
prostitution, of whom over 1500 Krishnan personally liberated.
prevention program operates in 17 transition centres and has served thousands
of children of prostituted mothers. At its Asha Niketan center, Prajwala helps
young victims prepare for a self-sufficient future. The NGO’s strategy is to
remove women from brothels by giving their children educational and career
opportunities. Krishnan and her staff train survivors in carpentry, welding,
printing, masonry and housekeeping.
has been awarded with fourth highest civilian honour Padma Shri in 2016 for her
selfless extra-ordinary work. Krishnan has sparked India's anti-trafficking
movement by coordinating government, corporations and NGOs. She forged
NGO-corporate partnerships with companies like Amul India, Taj Group of Hotels
and Heritage Hospitals to find jobs for rehabilitated women. In collaboration
with UN agencies and other NGOs, she established printing and furniture shops
that have rehabilitated some 300 survivors. Krishnan works closely with the
government to define anti-trafficking policy, and her recommendations for
rehabilitating sex victims have been passed into state legislation.
that rescuing girls is never a very safe business, sharing that she can no
longer hear out of her right ear, and that she has been beaten up during
interventions more than a dozen times. Her strong voice and powerful body
language ensured that no one could claim to have misunderstood her points.
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