10 Human rights activists in India you should follow right now!

Why you should follow these 10 human rights activists on social media?

We are all born to live, but there are millions of us who are denied the right to live a dignified life. This International Human Rights Day, let’s take a look at the work of ten Indian human rights activists who have brought about a positive change in people’s lives through their efforts. If you want to start your career as a social activist then you must follow this activist.

Kailash Satyarthi

He is a globally renowned social worker who has actively worked for the implementation of children’s rights and education. He also fought against child labor and advocated for the universal right to education. He founded the Bachpan Bachao Andolan, through which thousands of children in India were rescued from child labor, slavery, and trafficking. Satyarthi won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for his child rights movement.

Medha Patkar

She is a renowned social activist, known for working on important issues like political/economic issues of farmers, laborers, tribals, Dalits, and women facing injustice. She devoted her life to social welfare at an early age and fought against casteism, communalism, and other forms of discrimination. She started the Narmada Bachao Andolan and founded the National Alliance of People’s Movement along with other activists.

Sunita Krishnan

She is another renowned Indian human rights activist known for her fight against human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. Krishnan, a sexual violence survivor himself, is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Prajwala, an NGO that works to rescue, rehabilitate and reintegrate sex-trafficking victims into society. He was also honored with the prestigious Padma Shri award in 2016.

Laxmi Agarwal

Acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal is also a well-known social worker of the country who campaigns against acid attacks. Laxmi, who survived the horrific acid attack at the age of 15, has been an inspiration to many. She now works to rehabilitate and support other acid attack survivors. He also advocated against the free sale of acid in India.

Kriti Bharti

She is a social activist who works to end the practice of child marriage in India and provide social justice to women. She is the founder of Sarathi Trust, which primarily works for the annulment of child marriages, providing counseling to children and their families, and rehabilitation of victims of child marriages.


He is a gay rights activist who runs the Humsafar Trust – an LGBT health organization trying to legalize homosexuality in India and which works towards the upliftment of sexual minority organizations. The poet has been a pioneer of the gay rights movement since the 1980s, having founded Bombay Dost, India’s first gay magazine, in 1990.

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Bezwada Wilson

He has long been an activist, campaigning against the degrading practice of manual scavenging. Wilson has rehabilitated 300,000 out of 600,000 people who are still engaged in manual scavenging. His Safai Karamchari Andolan led the Supreme Court to direct all states and union territories to pay compensation to the families of manual scavengers working in sewers. He was also awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for “emphasizing the inalienable right to life of human dignity”.

Lenin Raghuvanshi

He is a Dalit rights activist who has dedicated his life to uplift the lives of the marginalized sections of society. He is one of the founding members of the Public Vigilance Committee on Human Rights. He also worked tirelessly towards ending bonded labor and revolutionizing the education of children by promoting girl child education, introducing non-traditional educations, and overhauling educational institutions.

Aruna Roy

She is a social worker who works for the weaker sections of society. She has always been at the forefront of campaigning to help the poor and marginalized. It was because of his perseverance and hard work that the Right to Information, Right to Work (NREGA), and Right to Food Acts were passed.


Madurai is one of the youngest activists in India and is openly genderqueer. He set up India’s first helpline for the genderqueer and organised Asia’s first Genderqueer Pride Parade at Madurai. He founded the Srishti Madurai Volunteer Movement through which LGBTQIA activists, academicians, human rights advocates and many more work toward protecting indigenous traditions.

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Jagisha Arora

MA in History and has worked as a freelance writer. She writes on issues of gender, caste and democracy.
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