25 September, 2020

Life Beyond The Spotlights

A sample of women who have quietly built up the movement

Life Beyond The Spotlights
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K. AJITHA

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.

KAVITA SRIVASTAVA

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...

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