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SHAKTI VAHINI
Set up in 2001
Founder: Ravi Kant

What They Do: Rescue women and children from situations where they fight abuse and trafficking. Shakti Vahini recently helped a domestic help in South Delhi’s Vasant Kunj break free from her abusive employer and rescued another help in Dwarka, whose employers had taken off on a vacation after locking her in.

Spark For The Cause
Over the last decade, they’ve rescued more than 2,000 people, says founder president Ravi Kant. But it all began in the healthcare sector, when he was distributing condoms in Delhi’s red-light district, recalls Kant. “HIV was a burning issue in the late ’90s. We began by sensitising sex workers. But we soon realised that health interventions apart, the root cause of abuse was trafficking of girls who had been forced into prostitution.”

The story so farA well-known Supreme Court lawyer, Kant launched Shakti Vahini in 2001, with his father’s retirement kitty. “Within three years, we began generating individual donations and got support from the government and the European Union,” he says.

Now their gameplan has moved to breaking the circle of organised crime. “We began litigating and carried out rescue operations. Then, after regular media reportage, a lot of people began giving us leads,” says Kant. In the Vasant Kunj case, for instance, it was the resident welfare organisation that alerted them to the plight of the 15-year-old domestic help.

Here’s is how the web of trafficking operates. A pimp locates a potential victim in a village and lures her family with a promise of employment and about `10,000. “Gang members then transport them to a city and the circle of exploitation continues,” says Kant.

Shakti Vahini helps victims understand the legal process. “Once she is rescued, after a short stay in a shelter, the victim is sent back to her village. Within a year she should return to the city to testify,” says Kant. During a court hearing, Kant’s NGO also helps the victim and their family stay at the state Bhavans free of cost. “Our counsellors speak to them and help them gather the courage to testify.”

– See more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/brunch/brunch-stories/the-causerati/article1-1139537.aspx#sthash.8hpNs5mW.dpuf

SHAKTI VAHINI
Set up in 2001
Founder: Ravi Kant
What They Do: Rescue women and children from situations where they fight abuse and trafficking. Shakti Vahini recently helped a domestic help in South Delhi’s Vasant Kunj break free from her abusive employer and rescued another help in Dwarka, whose employers had taken off on a vacation after locking her in.

Spark For The Cause
Over the last decade, they’ve rescued more than 2,000 people, says founder president Ravi Kant. But it all began in the healthcare sector, when he was distributing condoms in Delhi’s red-light district, recalls Kant. “HIV was a burning issue in the late ’90s. We began by sensitising sex workers. But we soon realised that health interventions apart, the root cause of abuse was trafficking of girls who had been forced into prostitution.”

The story so farA well-known Supreme Court lawyer, Kant launched Shakti Vahini in 2001, with his father’s retirement kitty. “Within three years, we began generating individual donations and got support from the government and the European Union,” he says.

Now their gameplan has moved to breaking the circle of organised crime. “We began litigating and carried out rescue operations. Then, after regular media reportage, a lot of people began giving us leads,” says Kant. In the Vasant Kunj case, for instance, it was the resident welfare organisation that alerted them to the plight of the 15-year-old domestic help.

Here’s is how the web of trafficking operates. A pimp locates a potential victim in a village and lures her family with a promise of employment and about `10,000. “Gang members then transport them to a city and the circle of exploitation continues,” says Kant.

Shakti Vahini helps victims understand the legal process. “Once she is rescued, after a short stay in a shelter, the victim is sent back to her village. Within a year she should return to the city to testify,” says Kant. During a court hearing, Kant’s NGO also helps the victim and their family stay at the state Bhavans free of cost. “Our counsellors speak to them and help them gather the courage to testify.”

– See more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/brunch/brunch-stories/the-causerati/article1-1139537.aspx#sthash.8hpNs5mW.dpuf

SHAKTI VAHINI
Set up in 2001
Founder: Ravi Kant
What They Do: Rescue women and children from situations where they fight abuse and trafficking. Shakti Vahini recently helped a domestic help in South Delhi’s Vasant Kunj break free from her abusive employer and rescued another help in Dwarka, whose employers had taken off on a vacation after locking her in.

Spark For The Cause
Over the last decade, they’ve rescued more than 2,000 people, says founder president Ravi Kant. But it all began in the healthcare sector, when he was distributing condoms in Delhi’s red-light district, recalls Kant. “HIV was a burning issue in the late ’90s. We began by sensitising sex workers. But we soon realised that health interventions apart, the root cause of abuse was trafficking of girls who had been forced into prostitution.”

The story so farA well-known Supreme Court lawyer, Kant launched Shakti Vahini in 2001, with his father’s retirement kitty. “Within three years, we began generating individual donations and got support from the government and the European Union,” he says.

Now their gameplan has moved to breaking the circle of organised crime. “We began litigating and carried out rescue operations. Then, after regular media reportage, a lot of people began giving us leads,” says Kant. In the Vasant Kunj case, for instance, it was the resident welfare organisation that alerted them to the plight of the 15-year-old domestic help.

Here’s is how the web of trafficking operates. A pimp locates a potential victim in a village and lures her family with a promise of employment and about `10,000. “Gang members then transport them to a city and the circle of exploitation continues,” says Kant.

Shakti Vahini helps victims understand the legal process. “Once she is rescued, after a short stay in a shelter, the victim is sent back to her village. Within a year she should return to the city to testify,” says Kant. During a court hearing, Kant’s NGO also helps the victim and their family stay at the state Bhavans free of cost. “Our counsellors speak to them and help them gather the courage to testify.”

– See more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/brunch/brunch-stories/the-causerati/article1-1139537.aspx#sthash.8hpNs5mW.dpuf

SHAKTI VAHINI
Set up in 2001
Founder: Ravi Kant
What They Do: Rescue women and children from situations where they fight abuse and trafficking. Shakti Vahini recently helped a domestic help in South Delhi’s Vasant Kunj break free from her abusive employer and rescued another help in Dwarka, whose employers had taken off on a vacation after locking her in.

Spark For The Cause
Over the last decade, they’ve rescued more than 2,000 people, says founder president Ravi Kant. But it all began in the healthcare sector, when he was distributing condoms in Delhi’s red-light district, recalls Kant. “HIV was a burning issue in the late ’90s. We began by sensitising sex workers. But we soon realised that health interventions apart, the root cause of abuse was trafficking of girls who had been forced into prostitution.”

The story so farA well-known Supreme Court lawyer, Kant launched Shakti Vahini in 2001, with his father’s retirement kitty. “Within three years, we began generating individual donations and got support from the government and the European Union,” he says.

Now their gameplan has moved to breaking the circle of organised crime. “We began litigating and carried out rescue operations. Then, after regular media reportage, a lot of people began giving us leads,” says Kant. In the Vasant Kunj case, for instance, it was the resident welfare organisation that alerted them to the plight of the 15-year-old domestic help.

Here’s is how the web of trafficking operates. A pimp locates a potential victim in a village and lures her family with a promise of employment and about `10,000. “Gang members then transport them to a city and the circle of exploitation continues,” says Kant.

Shakti Vahini helps victims understand the legal process. “Once she is rescued, after a short stay in a shelter, the victim is sent back to her village. Within a year she should return to the city to testify,” says Kant. During a court hearing, Kant’s NGO also helps the victim and their family stay at the state Bhavans free of cost. “Our counsellors speak to them and help them gather the courage to testify.”

– See more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/brunch/brunch-stories/the-causerati/article1-1139537.aspx#sthash.8hpNs5mW.dpuf

SHAKTI VAHINI
Set up in 2001
Founder: Ravi Kant
What They Do: Rescue women and children from situations where they fight abuse and trafficking. Shakti Vahini recently helped a domestic help in South Delhi’s Vasant Kunj break free from her abusive employer and rescued another help in Dwarka, whose employers had taken off on a vacation after locking her in.

Spark For The Cause
Over the last decade, they’ve rescued more than 2,000 people, says founder president Ravi Kant. But it all began in the healthcare sector, when he was distributing condoms in Delhi’s red-light district, recalls Kant. “HIV was a burning issue in the late ’90s. We began by sensitising sex workers. But we soon realised that health interventions apart, the root cause of abuse was trafficking of girls who had been forced into prostitution.”

The story so farA well-known Supreme Court lawyer, Kant launched Shakti Vahini in 2001, with his father’s retirement kitty. “Within three years, we began generating individual donations and got support from the government and the European Union,” he says.

Now their gameplan has moved to breaking the circle of organised crime. “We began litigating and carried out rescue operations. Then, after regular media reportage, a lot of people began giving us leads,” says Kant. In the Vasant Kunj case, for instance, it was the resident welfare organisation that alerted them to the plight of the 15-year-old domestic help.

Here’s is how the web of trafficking operates. A pimp locates a potential victim in a village and lures her family with a promise of employment and about `10,000. “Gang members then transport them to a city and the circle of exploitation continues,” says Kant.

Shakti Vahini helps victims understand the legal process. “Once she is rescued, after a short stay in a shelter, the victim is sent back to her village. Within a year she should return to the city to testify,” says Kant. During a court hearing, Kant’s NGO also helps the victim and their family stay at the state Bhavans free of cost. “Our counsellors speak to them and help them gather the courage to testify.”

– See more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/brunch/brunch-stories/the-causerati/article1-1139537.aspx#sthash.8hpNs5mW.dpuf

SHAKTI VAHINI
Set up in 2001
Founder: Ravi Kant
What They Do: Rescue women and children from situations where they fight abuse and trafficking. Shakti Vahini recently helped a domestic help in South Delhi’s Vasant Kunj break free from her abusive employer and rescued another help in Dwarka, whose employers had taken off on a vacation after locking her in.

Spark For The Cause
Over the last decade, they’ve rescued more than 2,000 people, says founder president Ravi Kant. But it all began in the healthcare sector, when he was distributing condoms in Delhi’s red-light district, recalls Kant. “HIV was a burning issue in the late ’90s. We began by sensitising sex workers. But we soon realised that health interventions apart, the root cause of abuse was trafficking of girls who had been forced into prostitution.”

The story so farA well-known Supreme Court lawyer, Kant launched Shakti Vahini in 2001, with his father’s retirement kitty. “Within three years, we began generating individual donations and got support from the government and the European Union,” he says.

Now their gameplan has moved to breaking the circle of organised crime. “We began litigating and carried out rescue operations. Then, after regular media reportage, a lot of people began giving us leads,” says Kant. In the Vasant Kunj case, for instance, it was the resident welfare organisation that alerted them to the plight of the 15-year-old domestic help.

Here’s is how the web of trafficking operates. A pimp locates a potential victim in a village and lures her family with a promise of employment and about `10,000. “Gang members then transport them to a city and the circle of exploitation continues,” says Kant.

Shakti Vahini helps victims understand the legal process. “Once she is rescued, after a short stay in a shelter, the victim is sent back to her village. Within a year she should return to the city to testify,” says Kant. During a court hearing, Kant’s NGO also helps the victim and their family stay at the state Bhavans free of cost. “Our counsellors speak to them and help them gather the courage to testify.”

– See more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/brunch/brunch-stories/the-causerati/article1-1139537.aspx#sthash.8hpNs5mW.dpuf

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