By now, you all must have heard of National chess champion Anuradha Beniwal who posted a video requesting agitators in Haryana to pause and think before burning state property in demand for reservation. The video was widely shared on social media.
Now the Haryana-born girl, currently living in London, is raising funds in an attempt to compensate for the losses incurred by the state and its people. She is running a crowd-funded campaign for the victims of inter-caste violence.
“Riots leave charred footprints. We sadly have them on the face of Haryana in the name of caste. A state famous for its Olympic medals turned into a war zone, and is now an abandoned mass of burnt down shops, schools, houses, and hearts. With this fund we aim to help ordinary people who have lost their livelihoods in rebuilding their lives and renovating their burnt homes. More importantly, help to restore an ordinary’s man dimming faith in the inherent human goodness and global harmony,” she writes.
She aims to raise £5000 (Rs 47,00,000 approx) within one month.
Beniwal hails from a village in Rohtak, Haryana and was closely following the clashes that left a few dead and many injured.