The Women 2013
Rani Begum (Muzaffarpur), Social Worker

Rani Begum (Muzaffarpur), Social Worker

Hailing from Chaturbhuj Sthan in Muzaffarpur; Rani Begum – now an ex courtesan, was exploited since the age of 12. This small town in north Bihar has been a long established red light area and is home to more than 1,000 sex workers.

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Sunita Chaudhary (Uttar Pradesh), Social Worker

Sunita Chaudhary (Uttar Pradesh), Social Worker

Sunita Chaudhary grew up in an orthodox village in Bahadurpur in Uttar Pradesh, where the purdah system is prevalent. Confined to their homes, girls from these villages still do not have access to formal education. Sunita learnt only basic reading and counting, and

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Geetanjali Babbar (Social Activist), Delhi

Geetanjali Babbar (Social Activist), Delhi

Geetanjali Babbar A graduate in journalism and a post-graduate in development communications, Geetanjali Babbar declined various high-paying job offers to set up a centre for improving the lives of the sex workers of GB Road,

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Bimla Devi (Haryana), Social Worker

Bimla Devi (Haryana), Social Worker

Bimla Devi was born in a Dalit family, considered a low untouchable caste, in the Rewari district of Haryana. As a little girl, she faced much discrimination, even being denied to access public transport and disgraced publicly. Bimla visualised an equal world where there was no gender inequality and people belonging to different castes lived together.

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Shushma Bhadu (Haryana), Social Worker

Shushma Bhadu (Haryana), Social Worker

A school dropout at an early age, 32-year-old Shushma Bhadu belongs to the Bishnoi community from the Dhani Miyan Khan village in Haryana. Following centuries-old tradition, women in her community wore a veil to show respect towards their elders.

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Krishna Poonia (Haryana), Athlete

Krishna Poonia (Haryana), Athlete

On 11th Oct 2010, Krishna Poonia became the first Indian woman athlete to win a gold medal in track and field events at the Delhi Commonwealth Games, achieving this feat in the discus throw discipline. Born in the conservative Jat community of Agroha in

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Geeta Mohan Puria, Social Worker

Geeta Mohan Puria, Social Worker

Geeta Mohanpuria was once a shy village girl, who would think twice to even step out from her house. Today she is hard-nosed fearless woman who chases news stories on her motorbike. This transformation did not happen in a day and her story says it all.

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Mittal Patel Journalism (Gujarat), Journalism

Mittal Patel Journalism (Gujarat), Journalism

Mittal Patel, a young journalism student in Gujarat University, joined the mainstream media to kick-start her career. In one of her interactions as a journalist, Mittal learnt about the constant struggles of the nomadic and de-notified tribes of Gujarat.

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Manjula Pradeep (Vadodra), Social Worker

Manjula Pradeep (Vadodra), Social Worker

Manjula Pradeep was the second daughter born to an orthodox Dalit family in Vadodara. As her father expected a son, her birth was not welcome in the family. Her father blamed her mother for Manjula’s birth and abused both of them physically and mentally since her birth.

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Rekha Chaudhari (Vgevchhi), Social Worker

Rekha Chaudhari (Vgevchhi), Social Worker

Rekha is an enthusiastic & dedicated 39-year-old Adivasi (tribal) woman from the Chaudhai community in Vgedchhi. While growing up, she experienced the constant discrimination faced by tribals. Adivasis, often perceived to be involved in crimes keep migrating from one

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