Fellow Since 2002
Nari Nirjatan Pratirodh Mancha
This profile was prepared when Krishna Roy was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
The New Idea
Krishna sees an urgent need for Indian society to find effective solutions to the problem of violence against women and children. A cadre of engaged, trained volunteers, many of whom work for existing citizen organizations, serve as the first mechanism to ensure that instances of violence get reported. In addition, Krishna is strengthening the enforcement agencies and the court to tackle many of the problems associated with violence against women. Issues like ostracism or mistreatment of the victim, police sluggishness or reluctance to respond, and unacceptable, out-of-court settlements to avoid consequences perceived to bring shame to the victim and her family–like marrying her to the aggressor–are examples of methods that need reform. To encourage an alert, aware, responsible society that deems acts of violence and abuse as unacceptable, Krishna recruits and trains volunteers to take quick action in reporting the violence, especially violence in rural areas beyond the reach of most programs. Her outreach model brings together a large network of victims who have suffered abuse and isolation in far-flung, marginalized communities. Krishna is also working with volunteers and staff to provide quick relief for the victims. Through these efforts, she is building a broad citizen movement with the active participation of the existing third-sector network.