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Moved into action by the infamous Delhi gangrape,Kunal Balsara has started Damini Foundation that educates women about their rights

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published:April 8, 2013 12:58 am

Moved into action by the infamous Delhi gangrape,Kunal Balsara has started Damini Foundation that educates women about their rights

For Pune-based Kunal Balsara,the gangrape of a 23-year-old Delhi girl in November last year left a deep and disturbing impression. “It was one of the most heinous things anyone had heard of,” says the 25-year-old marketing professional. And that is when he decided to do something. “The incident took away the life of an innocent human being in the most painful way. We as citizens of India couldn’t just overlook this,” he says.

But what could a young professional with no major means to start a large-scale endeavour do? “I realised that it had to be a group endeavour rather than an individual struggle. The first thing I could think of was to contact everyone on my Facebook friends list and implore them to come forward and do something,” shares Balsara.

Then the idea of an NGO to help women from all sections of life came up. Established last month,the NGO was named Damini Foundation,after the popular title given to the gangrape victim. As Balsara,along with his friend Aniket Pathak,thought of goals and plans for the NGO,they decided that educating women about their rights was of utmost importance. “Many of our women friends don’t know what is rightfully theirs under the constitutional rights. So we have decided that education and training is going to be our basic goal,” says Pathak,Balsara’s 25-year-old colleague from the foundation.

Things have just begun for the month-old foundation. “We had our first programme when we participated in a rally that was recently organised in Lavasa,” says Balsara. Next thing on the duo’s mind is to make the organisation more visible. “We will start with something small,like a blood donation camp,and as we gather more support,we will go on to bigger things,” says Balsara.

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