Lehar Singh is a Dalit activist who has been fighting for rape survivors in India. Recently, he won the International Women of Courage Award from the United States State Department. Lehar has made it his life’s work to protect women and children from sexual abuse by teaching them about their rights and how they can protect themselves. He also advocates against child marriage, which is prevalent in rural communities. This blog post will review some of Lehar’s achievements over the years as an activist and discuss what needs to be done to ensure that rape victims are protected around the world.
Lehar Singh has been working as a child marriage prevention advocate for two decades. In 1997, he founded the Panchnad Trust. This trust is meant to provide assistance to those who have been raped or sexually abused. The organization helps them claim compensation from the state government as mandated by law. Lehar Singh is also the founder of the Child Marriage Prevention Network, which aims to spread awareness on harmful effects of child marriage. He is an expert member on the Committee Against Sexual Harassment; this committee was formed in 2016 by Tata Institute of Social Sciences TISS.
Lehar Singh has worked extensively for women’s rights and combating sexual violence against women. In 2008, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Norwegian parliamentarian Abid Raja. In April 2010, Lehar Singh filed a public interest litigation in the Supreme Court of India seeking protection for rape victims from harassment by police officials and politicians. He has successfully fought against child marriages in his state and advocated against sexual violence.
Lehar Singh has helped over 38,000 rape survivors to date. This number includes victims of sexual assault who have come forward with their stories after being inspired by Lehar’s work. He has also successfully implemented rehabilitation programs for these survivors.
Lehar Singh is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from American Center India in 2012. In 2013, he was awarded the Golden Peacock National Award for Child Welfare. He has also won the International Children’s Peace Prize, which is given by the Dutch organization KidsRights Foundation.
Lehar Singh was recently awarded with the United States State Department’s International Women of Courage Award. The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson presented this award to him in March 2017.
Many people and organizations have supported Lehar Singh over the years. He has received support from the Department of Women and Child Development, government of India; Tata Institute of Social Sciences; UNICEF; Young Lives India; and many other groups around the world.
The United States State Department’s International Women of Courage Award is not an easy award to win. This award is given to women who are fighting for peace, justice, or equality in their communities; Lehar Singh fits all of these criteria. The award congratulates him on his years of service and recognizes him for this work.
It is clear that Lehar Singh has made an impact in the lives of many people over the years. His contributions to India’s women and children are invaluable, and he has advocated tirelessly for gender equality. Hopefully, his work will inspire more people around the world to fight against sexual violence, child marriages, and other forms of oppression.