25 September, 2020

Life Beyond The Spotlights

A sample of women who have quietly built up the movement

Life Beyond The Spotlights

She shot into the limelight in the late 1960s as a high-profile member of the Naxalite movement in Kerala. She was part of the group that stormed the Pulpalli police station in Wayanad in north Kerala, resulting in the death of two policemen. Captured, tried and incarcerated, she emerged traumatised and disillusioned and thereafter settled for a life of domesticity looking after her two children and penning her autobiography. In recent years, Ajitha has re-emerged as a fiery crusader for women's rights. She heads the Anweshi Women's Counselling Centre, which was instrumental in exposing the Koshikode sex racket involving leading politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen.


If politicians in Rajasthan have a bug-bear, it is this 34-year-old women's rights activist who first shot into prominence with the Bhanwari Devi rape case. She helped bring the sathin, gang-raped by five men, into the national consciousness. Although Bhanwari lost her case in the lower courts, Kavita took it to the High Court. More recently, she was at the...



To read this piece, and more such stories in India's most exciting and exacting magazine, plus get access to our 25-year archives goldmine, please subscribe.

In this article:

Latest Magazine

October 05, 2020

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section