"Being professional limits you to fly, being social gives you wings to fly."
-Devendra kumar Gupta

Devendra Kumar Gupta, a National Awardee is a grass-root level social worker, a philanthropist, a visionary, a fighter and most importantly a guardian and rehabilitator to a multitude of people, who was commended as “True Hero”  by  the legend Mr. Amitabh Bachchan For his commitment to crusade and save the uneducated, unprotected girls from exploitation and sexual abuse.

He is the founder of Renowned Non-Profit Organization “ Ladli Foundation Trust” and crusading since his childhood and has directly benefited more than 15000 young females and protected them from the clutches of sexual exploitation, harassment and social victimization through his unique initiatives . For the last 17 years he has been involved in enhancing the quality of life of unprivileged youth in slums across India.  He is known for pioneering innovative projects that have benefited millions of unprivileged Indians and transforming their lives.

He strives to be the beacon of hope to all those unprivileged girls suffering endlessly, by inculcating a change in the mindsets of the people.

– Devendra in his early days’ of struggle for Unprivileged Girls

At the age of 2, he was left by his parents with his paternal aunt with a 3 days old infant sister. He started working as Chhotu (Child Labor) to a chemist shop at the age of ten & continued his schooling from a Charitable School. Being born and brought up in a slum himself, he deeply connected with the people who were subjected to various atrocities at the hands of the society, be it the drug addicted male youth or the women who were victimized by the society.

Though he couldn’t afford right education at the right age, but he is striving that no other child ever misses out the rightful access to educationHe started living in a small rented house & gave his house to setup a free Computer & English training center, where he has empowered more than 12,000 unprivileged girls & women by providing respectable jobs by making them capable enough to work for them instead of working in houses as domestic helpers.

Devendra has the vision of creating a gender-neutral country by attempting to bring about a radical change in the mindsets of the people. He aims to establish the largest-ever workforce of volunteers as LAADLI RAKSHAK (Savior of Women) to promote the cause of gender equality and women safety. His creative projects were awarded with the official association of the Delhi Police department for its effective ground activities, outreach and conceptualized projects like #RunForLaadli, #LaadliRakshak, #Saheli, etc. Through his most vibrant initiative “Run for Laadli” he has encouraged more than 20 thousand males to support the cause of Gender Equality & Women safety, which was witnessed by the whole nation through its  wide media coverage. He has also garnered many commendations from celebrated personalities including Hon’ble Home Minister of India, Cabinet Ministers and other well-known diplomats and dignitaries.

He gave wings to the dreams of so many women that today his Mother’s blessings and love reach out to him in the form of these women’s gratitude and kind words. 

He did not get a chance to call a place his  home for a very long time, but today he’s the reason behind the happiness of a large number of families by providing them homes.

– With his Excellency 14th President of India, Shri Ramnath Kovind alongwith Patron & MP, Loksabha, Ms. P.S. Rawat.

Awards

  • He was officially nominated by the Ministry of Social Justice, Government of India for the prestigious Padma Shri Award-2018 (4th Highest Civilian Award of India), for initiating extraordinary & revolutionary changes in the society.
  • National Youth Award 2013 – by the Ministry of Youth affairs & Sports, Govt. of India.
  • He was commended & titled as True Hero” by the legendry Bollywood superstar Mr. Amitabh Bachchan for his commitment to crusade & save girls from exploitation & sexual abuse by risking his own life.
  • Honorary Doctorate for his outstanding social work by IVPU, Bangalore.
  • National Gaurav Award 2016– by Indian Braveheart’s at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi
  • National Women Achiever Award by Lifeline Foundation, at FICCI Auditorium, New Delhi
  • The Jurist Award by justice Gyan Sudha Mishra,(Judge, Supreme Court of India) at IIC.

"You may not have received much in your legacy but the society will bequeath you with greater things. Be willing to accept."
-Devendra kumar Gupta

Continued…

  • Dr. M.R. Pal Medal – by St. John ambulance, Delhi (Wing of Red Cross Society)
  • Commendation Award for life saving with risk to self from St. John Ambulance, Delhi.
  • First Manbassador Award-2018, by Pinkledder.co , Bangalore

Recognitions

  • He led Indo-China Youth delegation 2014, by Government of India with 200 Delegates from India.
  • At the age of 19, he was praised by the National Media for exposing the malpractices of gas dealers India which benefitted millions of Indians.
  • He was commended by the Indian judiciary & national media for his heart-warming act of kindness by getting his accident case settled in unique manner which involved the accused in donating 400 blankets to the poor on streets in chilly weather.
  • He Initiated International conferences like INDIA & BRICS (2016), and INDO-TIBET SUMMIT (2017) at New Delhi in the esteemed Presence of Hon,ble  Prime Minister of Tibet Govt. in Exile and Secretary Ministry of External Affairs Govt. of India. As Founder President of South & East Asia Foundation.
  • He is the sole originator and initiator of #RunforLaadli & #LaadliRakshak – The Biggest Revolution for Gender Equality and Women Safety in India – which was inaugurated by the Honorable Home Minister of India.
  • He was appointed as the youngest Commissioned officer A Cadet Superintendent in St. John Ambulance brigade Delhi , (a wing of  Indian Red Cross Society )

“If you are young enough to dream it, you are young enough to achieve it”.
-Devendra Kumar Gupta

EXPERTISE

  • More than 10 years of experience in organizing national scale events where each event had the strength of more than 150000-20000 Participants.
  • Conducting successful education and training of more than 10,000 girls annually.
  • Organizing Summits & Conferences for discussion on International Agendas annually like Bricks, Indo-Tibet Summit, G-20 etc.
  • Providing vocational training to thousands of unprivileged women and men.
  • Conducting and executing mass marriages by providing domestic utility worth Rs. 1 lac to each bride and organizing the event successfully.

– With his Excellency 13th President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee.

Some Highlighted Initiatives Under “LADLI”

Devendra’s as well as a multitude of women’s lives took a positive turn when came into action, his brain child “LAADLI FOUNDATION” through which he has organized the following projects.

Run for Laadli

His innovative idea to bring the male population forward to take a pledge to respect women & raise their voice to stop crimes against women was implemented by organizing a unique Half-Marathon in association with Delhi Police Department, an event to spread awareness about the cause on 17th December 2017 at JLN Stadium New Delhi, “Run for Laadli”. This initiative encouraged the masses to become a savior for women and was titled as “Laadli Rakshak”. This resulted in a huge success where the Hon’ble Home Minister Of India, along with other Cabinet Ministers, Bollywood, Sports celebrities, Foreign Diplomats  & more than 20000 people from various fields & communities took the pledge. The success of the event was rejoiced across the Nation with wide media coverage.

Laadli Rakshak (Saviour)

The biggest volunteer enrollment program, encouraging men to respect & protect women which were launched by the Hon’ble Home Minister of India, encouraging men to respect women.

Saheli (Best female friend)

The initiative aims to create awareness & Medical Diagnosis of deadly Sexually transmitted diseases in Slums & Rural part of India of uneducated women. In first phase, he organized free health check-ups & sensitization camps along with street plays  in association with Delhi Police. It was followed by a counseling session on sexual abuse, personal hygiene & prevention of communicable diseases, especially sexually transmitted diseases for uneducated females in the slums of South Delhi to encourage them to verbalize about the atrocities they have been facing and to build a friendly relation between mother and daughter. The camp resulted with the shocking stats of 57 percent females who were diagnosed with very high count of Lymphocytes. The initiative was also commended by Special Commissioner of Delhi Police(women safety )through an appreciation letter.  

Sashakt (Empower)

His “SASHAKT” project strives to generate awareness, in the society, about education & basic skills for the upliftment of the unprivileged. The proximity of Basic education and working as a domestic servant does not lend to dignitary survival. Moreover, devoid of technical skills leads to exploitation, and is a disregard of elementary humanity.  Through this project, Devendra has helped 6000 girls to get intermediate education who had dropped out their schooling due to poverty and societal conditions & stigmas. He also shifted to rental house by giving his own house to open a training institute where thousands of females have been provided with basic computer and English training in  of 1500 females in each batch. That are being regularly organized in a span of 4 months. More than 2000 girls have been able to earn employment on the basis of these technical skills and living in a dignified manner.

Shagun (Bestow)

An idea in which an unprivileged girl’s whole life is characterized by orthodoxy stereotypical slang from the society for not getting married..  Ladli Foundation helps the poor families by decreasing their burden by fetching a verified groom by our administrative reach, bearing expenses, rendering long term benefits like health insurance and security to the family. The need for today is to bring about the change which we wish to see for them.  Under this initiative had organized the  Mass Marriages of  more than 1200 unprivileged girls and  helped them to start their life afresh by gifting them  Daily domestic utilites worth rupees one Lac to each girl as delay in their marriages increased the probability of exploitation, trafficking, rapes and other crimes against these women.

Swabhimaan (Dignity)

It provides free Legal Assistance to those unprivileged women who are unable to bear legal expenses to fight for justice and rights through, a team of renowned lawyers serving voluntarily to help victims of rape , sexual harassment, acid attacks and other crimes against women.

"10% optimism is more driving than 90% of your material needs."
-Devendra kumar Gupta

  • He successfully saved thousands of Poor Girls, who were forced to leave their studies just because of the Delhi Government’s decision, of relocating the existing school. His efforts made the Government reverse its decision of relocation of the school and the same has been covered by national media.
  • Besides this, he has also been actively involved in working towards the Clean Yamuna Awareness, Blood Donation Camp, blanket Distributions, Food & Cloth distribution, equipment distribution for disables in orphanages and blind schools.

Other Commendable Reforms

  • He also defines himself as a RTI reformist he has brought to light so many cases of treachery, corruption and wrong doing that enlisting all of them here would be difficult. He was succeeded in the culmination of the malpractices of gas dealers that i.e. Booking of refill domestic gas cylinders before 21 days and illegal and forceful selling of gas stoves to consumers at the time of new connection. During this period, he was threatened for his life by some Gas Dealers as well. His whole episode got a full media coverage and was telecasted on all prominent news channels. Starting from his fight against the Gas Dealers in Delhi, he also protested for illegal cutting of huge number of trees during the Commonwealth Games.
  • As a part of his another fight against the odd practices prevalent in Amarnath, Kashmir he was successful in shifting the landing of helicopters 6 kilometers away from the holy cave at Panjtarni. In the year 2007-08 the fight started against the frequent landing of the commercial helicopter services and due to the landing near the holy cave (naturally created snow shivling) the holy shivling melted and the devotees had to return without completing their procession. The shopkeepers and locals also suffered because of the same. Devendra fought with the local authorities through RTI and raised the issue at a large scale, which resulted in the implementation of the policy in 2011 and proved to be beneficial for the naturally created shivling and business of locals.
  • After contributing his time and efforts to the St. John Ambulance, Devendra decided to look forward and founded his first NGO “Josh Ek Umang” He with a  group of likeminded people initiated “Drives against Drugs”. To get to the bottom of the problem, he personally started taking rounds in the area, spread awareness about this issue amongst those who could actually make a difference.  Getting in touch with the Police authorities, approaching the pharmacists to refrain from selling the drugs without prescription and filing RTIs resulted positively. It was a huge struggle to achieve the positive outcome, wherein he has been able to rehabilitate more than 1500 youngsters through his creatively designed idea  to involve drug and alcohol addicted unemployed males into “Kabaddi Sports”  with constant efforts of Devendra and his team’s success roared loud and clear that it garnered massive media attention as well.
  • He started his social journey in the year 1999, at the age of 14 as a volunteer in the St. John ambulance (wing of Indian Red Cross Society) He carried out diverse campaigns with the help of his team of volunteers. From organizing Pulse polio camps, First Aid volunteer in republic day parades to Organizing free medical post & mobile rescue team for pilgrims & ponies at the highest point of the pilgrimage (at 14800 Ft height) in Amarnath yatra, Kashmir and he also took care of ponies who carried luggage and people all the way to the top, Devendra did various such activities which could feed his inner soul and not just suffice his material needs.

A SOCIETY IS LIKE A CANVAS, ITS YOU WHO NEEDS TO PAINT IT BEAUTIFULLY.
-Devendra kumar Gupta

To conclude, it’s important to quote one of Mr. Devendra’s most favorite quotes, “if you are young enough to dream it, you are young enough to achieve it”.  He being a constant passionate soul was able to overcome his adverse situations  and totally embraced the beauty of our diverse society. Where people believed that hardwork is the key to success , Mr. DEVENDRA on the other hand was a believer of problems, he said that if you want to be successful you need to have problems in your life because struggle will not only lead you to success but also will make you experience the path of it .