Allah Warayo Bozdar
This profile was prepared when Allah Warayo Bozdar was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1999.
The New Idea
Allah Warayo believes that intensive publicity of these cases, coupled with systematic intervention in the villages where they occur, can bring an end to this brutal practice. Allah Warayo approaches not just members of the extended family of the victim, but members of the village as well. For this effort he draws on a staff of people trained in village intervention as well as a network of women's groups in the area. By linking publicity of the case with an intervention at the village level to address an urgent need, such as surface drainage or the need for a new school, Allah Warayo opens the village to dialogue and self-improvement, and builds village level allies who continue to support his efforts to stamp out karo-kari.