Meet Rukmini Rao, The Lady From Hyderabad Who’s Been Working Since 40 Years For Women’s Rights

Contributed By Naga Chiranji

Oka woman ga intlo pani, bayata pani, pillalni, husband ni, husband family ni, andari baagogulani chuskovali . Vaatitho paatu thana health ni , thana dreams ni anniti kosam shraminchaali. Inni struggles padthunna kuda sarigga gurthincharu evaru . Ilaanti struggles thana life lo konni sandarbaallo edurkunna mana Rukmini Rao gaaru , women’s rights kosam 4 decades ga fight chesthune unnaru.

Mari thanu antha pattudhala tho, andarikosam fight cheyadam venaka unna reasons enti? Ee fight ne thana life goal ga endhuku marchukundhi? Ilaaanti marenno vishayalu chudham padhandi.

She’s a Hyderabadi woman. Women’s rights kosam 40 years ga fight chesthune unnaru. 2014 lo Magazine The Week ki ‘Woman Of The Year’ ga elect ayyaru. She studied at Osmania University. St Francis College For Women, Begumpet lo tanu teaching kuda chesaru.

Aa tarvata higher studies ki Delhi vellaru. Akkada thanu chala difficulties face chesaru , at the same time thanu happy ga kuda leru. Avanni chusi , thanu women ki proper support structures antu em levu, nenu enduku women kosam fight cheyakudadhu ani alochinchela chesayi.  She now leads ‘Gramya Resource Centre for Women’. Adhi 1993 lo girl child rights kosam start chesaaru .

She also played a vital role in setting up ‘Saheli’.  A woman support group, that was able to introduce changes in 12 laws, including 498A on domestic violence and the law against pornography.

Rukmini got married at the age of 18, she was unable to adjust to the new environment. She left her husband’s house when she was 24. Thana son ni thana husband daggare vadhilesi vellaru.

She says, “My goal and the goal of our organization is gender equality and justice for all”. It’s truly an inspiration to see a woman fight for other women for more than over 4 decades. Our society needs more women like Rukmini Rao gaaru.

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