Community Correspondents

Gayatri Ambedkar

Gayatri Ambedkar

Gayatri grew up in a region that still practice gender discrimination, where early marriage is still very rampant. She faced a similar plight and has to give up education due to early marriage. She faced problem relating to land as it was grabbed by the upper caste in the village. And as she belongs to the lower caste was unable to fight and get the land back. As the justice system is controlled by those in upper caste. They biasness hurt her integrity and she was determined to work on land issues faced by the Dalits. She worked on violence against women before joining India Unheard. She believes that working with VV enables her to work on issues of untouchability. And is proud of being a dalit and believes in equality. She says that in her village more than 40% of the population are interested in community media. She wants to work on gender based atrocities on the lower caste community by the upper caste. She has recently made a video on 13 October 2013 on how apply identity card for persons with disability (Pahchan patra), get ration cards and avail ration supplies.

Videos from Gayatri

Too Beautiful to Pray?

/ September 4, 2017

Patriarchy supplies a slew of bizarre rationales for keeping women away from places of worship.


Tragic Death of Two Children Motivates Community to Demand School

/ March 16, 2017

The tragic death of two girls was the catalyst for transformation in a village in Uttar Pradesh to demand a school in their village, under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009.

Impact: Camera Unites Community to Fight Corruption

/ July 24, 2015

Khullaspur Village, Ambedkar nagar District, Uttar Pradesh | Gayatri 50 families in the community were being cheated by the local ration dealer in charge of the village public distribution shop. While some got rations lesser than the monthly quota, others got no ration at all. Through her video, Community correspondent...


Tragic death of two children motivates a community to build a new school

/ December 13, 2016

The tragic death of two girls was the catalyst for transformation in a village in Uttar Pradesh. Watch how community joined forces with VV to demand a school in their village, under RTE Act, 2005.   When the brand new government school was inaugurated in a village of Uttar Pradesh, the...

Woman thrashed and abandoned for not paying dowry

/ October 13, 2015

The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act was passed in 2005 to ensure the safety of women against domestic violence. However, a decade later, women like Mamta, from Uttar Pradesh, remain without justice. Hailing from Baritola village of Ambedkar Nagar in UP, Mamta has been a victim of domestic...

Is this road or a drain? We’re all a bit confused….

/ March 31, 2015

31st March 2015 | Khullashpur village, Ambedkar Nagar District, Uttar Pradesh | Gayatri Residents of this village wade through slush and sewage to travel anywhere. There are no provisions for a drainage system here which means all the dirty water from various pipelines converges on the main road. Upon talking...

Stranded: Widows in UP

/ November 17, 2014

The widows of Dhamaruwa village of Uttar Pradesh are a truly disenfranchised community. The government’s failing to provide the widow-pension has weighed most heavily upon these women, reports Community Correspondent Gayatri Devi. “My husband passed away two years ago, but I haven’t received any widow-pension,” says Shilawanti Devi. Adding further,...

Securing concrete houses for dalits of Hullaspur

/ September 16, 2014

“For 60 years I have been living here and there is no sign of a house or a colony,” says Sita Devi, a resident of a Dalit suburb in Hullaspur village of Uttar Pradesh. The Housing and Development Board of India’s most populous state has failed 30 families, including that...