Ms. Shukla (80), who died after cardiac arrest on Thursday, was the founder and managing trustee of the Vacha Charitable Trust and worked with adolescent girls and women over the last four decades.
Noted women’s rights activist Sonal Shukla died after cardiac arrest in Mumbai on Thursday, a colleague said.
Ms. Shukla (80) was the founder and managing trustee of the Vacha Charitable Trust and worked with adolescent girls and women over the last four decades. She was the co-founder of the group Forum Against Rape, now known as the Forum Against Oppression of Women.
Vacha started in 1987 as a library and women’s resource centre. It was the first only women’s book library with a collection of over 3,000 books. In 1991, it produced two music albums and two documentaries on women in the independence movement.
Ms. Shukla, who trained in Mahatma Gandhi’s educational methods, had turned her home into a support centre for battered women for two years. She gave space to poor girls to escape from family and community strangleholds through a programme of life skills and community work.
Lovingly known as Sonalben by thousands of adolescent girls and women across India, she tirelessly devoted herself to women’s issues.
“She was an unusual mix of activism and scholarship, who wrote both in Gujarati and English not only on women’s rights issues but also on cultural issues such as music and theatre,” scholar and writer Amrit Gangar said.
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