Devendra Kumar Gupta
Founder –Run for Laadli & Ladli Foundation Trust
Devendra Kumar Gupta, A National Award Winner and a slum dweller who is crusading since his childhood in order to save uneducated girls from exploitation & sexual abuse, for the last 17 years he is involved in enhancing the quality of life for uneducated & unprivileged girls & women in slums of Delhi & NCR. He known for pioneering unique projects that have been benefited thousands of young girls in slums.Devendra is a grassroot level social activist & is conferred with National Award by the Govt. of India. He has also been awarded with Honorary Doctorate for his outstanding social work.
He was born in a slum in Delhi & was left with his paternal aunt at the age of 2 by his parents with his 3 days old infant sister. In 1996 He started earning at the age of 10 as an aid Chhotu (Child labour) to a chemist shop with continuing his schooling in Government School & moved for his social journey at an age of 14 years by resolving safety & welfare of young boys & girls facing immense struggle himself.
He started living in a small rented house & gave his own ancestral house to establish free computer & English Training centre, where he has successfully empowered more than 12000 unprivileged girls & women by providing respectable job by making them capable enough to work for them self instead of working in houses as domestic helpers. He also saved & rehabilitated thousands of young girls from the clutches of sexual exploitation, harassment, HIV by his innovative & unique conceptualized projects.
He helped more than 6000 Unprivileged and scheduled cast girls in completing their intermediate education. More than 1200 illiterate unprivileged & schedule caste girls were married and given all the basic commodities for starting a new life. His idea was validated when the review statistics appeared, to everyone’s astonishment, not even a single girl became the victim of dowry domestic violence They all are living their married lives happily and with self-esteem. The stats were supported by an official police certificate. All this has been achieved without any Governmental aid.
Bollywood Superstar Amitabh Bachchan commended him as “True Hero” for his commitment to crusade & save girls from exploitation & sexual abuse with keeping his own life threat.His name was officially nominated for Prestigious Padma Shri Award-2018. (4th Highest Civilian Award of India) by Ministry of Social Justice Govt. of India, for his extraordinary & revolutionary changes in the society.
Very Recently he Fought for saved Thousands of Poor Girls from leaving their studies because of Delhi govt decision to relocate the existing school to 7 KM far with the deserted path from the current location. where parents of girls took the united decision not to send their daughter to school. His struggle has changed the Govt decision not to relocate the school. Same has been covered by national Media
His unique idea to bring the male population to come forward to take a pledge to respect women & raise their voice to stop crimes against women. He organized a Half-Marathon event for awareness of the cause on 17th December 2017 at JLN Stadium New Delhi, “Run for Laadli”. This initiative encouraged people to become a savior for women and was titled “Laadli Rakshak”. This resulted in a huge success where Home Minister Of India, along with other cabinet ministers, Bollywood & sports celebrities, officers from Delhi Police department & more than 18000 people from various fields & communities took the success was covered by national media.