Community Correspondents

Varsha Jawalgekar

Rather than remaining a victim, Varsha Jawalgekar deflected the blows of domestic violence inflicted upon her by her husband and became a champion of women’s rights. Currently a leader at the Parivartan Kendra (Centre for Change), Varsha also channels her human rights activism into various organizations in Maharashta and Bihar. She uses her IndiaUnheard Community Correspondent videos as calls to action for the people of her community and officials who have the power to effect positive change.

Videos from Varsha

Displaced in 2007, Waiting for Compensation in 2015: A Bihar Story

/ November 10, 2015

The 2007 Bihar flood was described by the United Nations as the worst flood in the history of Bihar. The flood affected 2.3 million people in the Northern part of Bihar. Each monsoon, the rivers eat away people’s land while the government eats away their psyche by not providing compensation...

Acid attack survivor get 2 lakh compensation | Varsha reports for IndiaUnheard

/ November 17, 2015

Chanchal and her sister suffered an acid attack by 4 men on 21st October 2012 in Chitnawa village of Maner block in Bihar. They attacked them because they tried fending off their sexual harassment approaches. As per the rules, the victims are supposed to be compensated by the state. However,...

Forest dwellers in Bihar fight for their right

/ November 4, 2015

The Forests Rights Act (FRA) was passed about 10 years ago, even now its implementation is patchy and dependent on the initiative of individual district administrators. The FRA recognises that forest dwellers’ have rights over land that they have been occupying and their communities have rights over use and management...


/ September 26, 2015

On 13 September 2015, Mohammed Gyas Khan and his family were at home in Pachrukhi village, Bihar when two men forcibly barged in and flung acid at his 15-year old daughter. In the tussle with the intruders, who have been identified as Mohammed Ehsaan and Mohammad Belal, Khan, his wife...

100,000 People to March for Land Rights

/ January 23, 2012

People of India march from Gwalior to Delhi for land reforms