Sarika Chaudhary

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Sarika Chaudhary
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Born (1987-02-01) February 1, 1987 (age 35)
Jalaun district of Uttar Pradesh
NationalityIndian
CitizenshipIndia
Alma materRohilkhand University
OccupationDalit social activist

Sarika Chaudhary (1 February 1987) is an Indian Dalit social activist and a member of the Delhi Commission of Women working for the welfare of marginalized communities with her work centric in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. Her work has focused on Dalit social activities, child development and advocating the Dalit women’s rights. She completed her LLB from MJP Rohilkhand University.

Personal Life

Ms. Chaudhary was born in a Dalit family in the Jalaun district of Uttar Pradesh on 1st Februrary 1987. Her father was a Dalit tenant farmer. She went to Mehant Bhagwat Vishal Intercollege and completed her LLB from MJP Rohilkhand University. While growing up she experienced caste based violence and discrimination in her village. She started working for Sahara LICs at an early age and used the earned commissions to sponsor her own education.

Political Career

Her political career started in 2004 when she started working for the Dalit Krantikari Sena as the district in-charge of the organisation. In 2006, she joined the Indian Justice Party (IJP) and served as the General Secretary in Uttar Pradesh and and actively working in the Nehtaur area for many years. In 2010, when there was a huge uproar over frequent power cuts in Nehtaur, Bijanur (Uttar Pradesh), she participated in a protest and went to prison for a month.

In February, 2007 she led a procession of Bahujan Andolan Bachao Yatra to Ravidas Mandir in Banaras, UP. On 14th April, 2007, she protested against the UP govt to establish the statue of Periyar facing lathi charge by the state police. In 2007 May, she led a movement demanding for a separate Bundelkhand state. In 2008, she raised her voice on water issues and also proposed the idea for a dam in the dry state of Bundelkhand. On 14th February 2009, she led a procession at Jantar Mantar fighting for the rights of couples to celebrate Valentine's Day.

In 2011, a report was lodged against her for agitating in a rape case in Dhampur area. In the 2012 elections held in Nahtaur, she was a contesting candidate for IJP and received 18 thousand 66 votes and lost. She also unsuccessfully contested in the 2014 elections from Nagina district in Uttar Pradesh as an Aam Aadmi Party candidate. Sarika Chaudhary has been an active member of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) since 2015, with various initiatives taken under her leadership. DCW constituted a committee under her to probe the case of 13 girls who were trafficked to a brothel at Kabari bazar in Meerut from Delhi's G.B. Road in 2016. She has also established a special SC/ST cell for women to provide them special guidance to eliminate the atrocities against SC/ST women.

In 2020, she was in-charge of the Mahila Suraksha Mitra to resolve and raise the issues related to women security in their respective areas in all over Delhi. She also worked towards supplying sufficient ration, face masks and several other sanitation items to underprivileged families during the time of COVID-19 pandemic. She organized special buses for migrant labour and helped them to reach their desired destinations.

Recently, she raised her voice against the brutal Hathras incident of 2020 in which a 19-year-old Dalit girl was brutally raped and later murdered and was cremated by Uttar Pradesh police without the consent of victim’s family. She personally met the victim’s family and called the aftermath of incident as the “murder of democracy”.

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