ABOUT DOLLY SINGH
Dolly Singh, an embodiment of kindness and compassion, an unrelenting force for equality and human rights, our most beloved, precious friend and team member.
Dolly joined Shakti Shalini in 2016 as a “Counselor” at our Crisis Intervention and Counseling Centre (CICC). With her skill and commitment toward survivors of gender/sexual violence, she soon became the “Coordinator” of CICC and then the “Response Lead” overseeing Pan-India survivor support operations, In June 2021, Dolly took on the adventure of beginning Shakti Shalini’s Eastern and North- Eastern Chapter, based out of Kolkata. Part of our second line management, Dolly is remembered as an inspiring and dynamic leader of Shakti Shalini.
On 8th October, 2022, Dolly breathed her last at a medical facility in Kolkata, surrounded by love and care.
For Dolly, the survivors of gender /sexual violence that she supported were always her foremost priority and so, in that memory and clarity of conviction, we continue.
It was the privilege of our lifetimes to have been able to work toward a shared vision of gender equality with Dolly. It has been our gift to have witnessed so closely her work ethic and competence, her fearlessness in the face of violence and her commitment to equality, and the unforgettable dignity and grace of her conduct.
A most free – spirited woman, her young life encompassed lifetimes of meaning and purposefulness.
Commemorating Dolly’s life and work, click to watch.
Here’s a compilation of Dolly’s Journalistic coverage during her journey at Shakti Shalini.
Media Coverage (Published Articles)
The Legal Exception Forcing Married Indian Women Into A Cycle Of Sexual Abuse and Spousal Violence, Article 14, March 1st, 2022
Domestic violence during Covid-19 lockdown emerges as serious concern, Hindustan Times, April 26th, 2020
Threat of violence at root of homelessness, Hindustan Times, June 8th, 2019
Lockdown and domestic violence: As NGOs struggle to support women at risk, government plays catch up, Caravan Magazine, April 15th, 2020
Women’s Safety During COVID-19: A Parallel Pandemic, April 25th, 2020
“I’m Your Husband, You Owe me Your Body”: Marital Rape Survivors on What Their Rapists Told Them, Mojostory, January 26th, 2022
Meet Anam- One of the three petitioners seeking criminalisation of marital rape, Indian Express, September 17th, 2017
This NGO supports survivors of marital rape, The Times of India, 22nd, 2022
Highs and Lows at Shakti Shalini in India, 2019
Court orders police protection for NGO counsellor after abduction bid, The Hindu, August 29th, 2019
Relief Work For Gender Violence Must Be Recognized As Emergency Services, Say Activists, Readers Digest, April 18th, 2020
IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON WORKING WOMEN IN INDIA: A HOLISTIC APPROACH, Manpower Journal, December 2020
Lockdown ke dauran badhi Gharelu Hinsa – Jaane kaise rahein Surakshit ( Hindi), My Upchaar.com
Media Coverage (videos)
Shakti Shalini’s Counsellor Dolly Singh on ‘Enabling an Ecosystem for Empowerment’, Shakti Shalini, April 28th, 2020
Domestic Abuse: Finding Safety & Support, Shakti Shalini, December 2020
NGO Worker Escapes Alleged Kidnapping Attempt; Accused Loom Large| The Quint, August 26, 2019