Hyderabad: On International Women's Day, CNN-IBN brings a story of hope. A gangrape survivor herself, Sunita Krishnan fought back and set up Prajwala, a home for sexually exploited women and children. Sunita was CNN-IBN's Real Hero in 2008. She has now made a film on her trauma and the trauma of others like her.
'Ente' is a film that takes on child sex trafficking and speaks for the young girls trapped in the trade. The film that released earlier this year is a labour of love for Sunita Krishnan. "The idea to make a feature film was so it teaches a huge audience. This is my desperate attempt to change the attitude and perception of the society. Until now we have been doing our bit but the world should understand the problems we have been facing," she said.
CNN-IBN met Sunita first in 2008, running schools for minors she helped rescue from sexual exploitation. "Children here have been rescued from all kinds of sexual exploitation - incestual rape, sex tourism, being abused in pornographic films and being sold in brothel-based prostitution. The youngest child here is three years old," she said.
As a teenager, Sunita herself had been gangraped. The incident made her angry more than leaving her shattered. It was then that she started an anti-trafficking organisation, Prajwala. Since then, she has been rescuing women from brothels across Andhra Pradesh, taking on the ruthless trafficking mafia every day.
"I have faced violence outside from traffickers and from anti-social elements who believe my presence was not a good thing. I have also faced opposition from my family as they didn't like my choices," Sunita said.
She started employing the rescued women, so they could build a new life by doing construction work or carpentry, and start from scratch. Prajwala today has started the largest rehabilitation centre for more than 1,200 victims in Hyderabad.
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