Savitri Phule

Being forcefully married at the age of nine, Phule realized firsthand the plight of many girls her age in society. This later influenced the child bride, along with her husband Jyotirao Phule, to stand up against the discrimination and exploitation of women prevalent at the time. Known as one of the first-generation modern Indian feminists, Phule went on to start the first all women’s school at Bhide Wada in Punein 1848. Women falling prey to sexual harassment and those that became pregnant because of it were often found committing suicide or finishing off their newborns in fear of banishment. Seeing such cases, Phule decided to open a care center named Balhatya Pratibandhak Griha (Infanticide Prohibition House) for pregnant rape victims and helped to deliver their children. She died of a disease she caught while serving the patients of the pandemic bubonic plague.

 

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