About Sunitha KrishnanActor/Director
Sunitha Krishnan, born in 1972, is an Indian social activist and chief functionary and co-founder of Prajwala, anon-governmental organization that rescues, rehabilitates and reintegrates sex-trafficked victims into society.
Early LifeSunitha was born Bangalore, to Palakkad Malayali parents Raju Krishnan and Nalini Krishnan. She saw most of the country early on while traveling from one place to another with her father, who worked with the Department of Survey which makes maps for the entire country.
Sunitha was a precocious child. Her passion for social work became manifest when, at the age of 8 years, she started teaching dance to mentally retarded children. By the age of 12, she was running schools in slums for underprivileged children. At the age of 15, while working on a neo-literacy campaign for the Dalit community, Sunitha was gang raped by eight men. This incident served as the impetus for what she does today.
Sunitha studied in Central Government Schools in Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, and the Northeastern parts of India. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from St. Joseph’s College in Bangalore, Sunitha completed her MSW (medical & psychiatric) from Roshni Nilaya, Mangalore and later her PhD in social work. To complete the fieldwork requirement for the doctorate, Sunitha took up the subject of the life of sex workers.