The gold medalist from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, could have secured a high flying career with a handsome pay package.
However, Priti Patkar opted to start Mumbai’s first ever night shelter for the children of sex workers who are highly vulnerable to human trafficking and substance abuse. Her NGO “Prerana” runs three such centers in the main hubs of red light areas in Mumbai.
Apart from providing a roof to stay during nights, they also provide meals and weekly health check ups and medical care as and when needed. The kids are enrolled in municipal schools with the expenses taken care of.
It is estimated that over 10,000 such children have benefited from these night shelters. Children who were earlier found soliciting for customers for their own mothers are now finding an alternate rather being pulled into this whirlpool of sleaze and filth.
In fact, Washington University has documented and awarded her intervention in the AIDS program as one of the world’s best 7 in it’s category. Not only that, no one else in India has more writ petitions and legal interventions to protect the dignity and rights of children and women victims of child exploitation and trafficking.
This remarkable and great Indian hero truly deserves the respect and gratitude of the entire nation.