GURIA in the Media & More

24 October 2016-- Público.es, the national Spanish press read in Spain and sometimes Latin America, also wrote an article featuring Guria. Read the article. 

19 October 2016-- Berria, newspaper in Basque language read in an area of south France and north Spain, wrote an article featuring Guria. Read it here!


8 October 2016-- Article in India Times about Guria and the founder Ajeet. India Times is the flagship brand of Times Internet which is the largest online group in India, with over 6.5 billion monthly page views. Read the article here.


12 September 2016Art Exhibition, Unspoken,  featured in The Times of India, New Delhi.
The earnings of the exhibition will be given to GURIA and the entire donation will be tripled by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

8 September 2016Ajeet was awarded and recognized by ZEE TV, a leading Indian television Channel, at the Fempowerment award ceremony in Mumbai.

6 August 2016- Article on Guria in UK newspaper! The Daily Mail from London... This is about the documentary recently made about Guria. The stories of these girls are simply shocking. Here is the article and here is the video made by Blush Originals.

14 June 2016- Guria's founder Ajeet was interviewed on the BBC WORLD SERVICE. Listen to his interview here

11 June 2016- Dia Mirza - Actress and Producer, who won the Miss Asia Pacific 2000 title was with the children of Guria boat school. She participated with the children in meditation, painting, singing. 

27 May 2016- GURIA founder Ajeet was awarded with "lifetime achievement" award by Life OK channel of STAR Network. The award was handed over by Film star Mr Irfan Khan.

24 May 2016- 101 Underground created an excellent documentary about Guria's efforts to eradicate sex trafficking. Watch the video here.

20 May 2016- The Better India published an article about Ajeet Singh and Guria. Read the article here.

17 May 2016-  Six different newspapers, Including Hindustan Times and Amar Ujala reported on Guria's National Record, in which 61 brothels were seized worth over INR 120 carores ($182 million). As per our successful innovations GURIA has already begun opposing the bail applications of all the dangerous human traffickers.

7 March 2016- Guria was awarded the "Nari Shakti" Award for outstanding work for welfare and wellbeing of women and Rani Lakshmi Bai Bravery Award by the President of India and the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh respectively. The Prime Minister also invited Mr Ajeet over for tea and discussion. Mr. Ajeet invited the Prime Minister to come visit our learning center in the Red Light District of Varanasi. Read the article here.


4 March 2016- The Times of India published an article about the 2016 FREEDOM NOW Global Art Exchange & Exhibit. Read the article here.

8 December 2015- An inter-Ministerial Committee under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development has been constituted for preparing a comprehensive legislation on various aspects of Human Trafficking, in which Ajeet Singh from Guria is a member. For details, see here.


4 May 2015- The hindustantimes published an article telling the story of a young girl who had been repeatedly kidnapped and raped by multiple aggressors, including her husband and in-laws. In the article it mentions how Guria ended up rescuing the minor and helping her register her first information report. Read the article here.


27 November 2014- Guria submitted a 2018 page detailed report with documentary evidences of 100 cases of human trafficking and abduction of girls for forced prostitution to the office of SP (Traffic). Read the article here.


4 July 2014- Asian Human Rights Commission came out with an appeal in support of Guria when they were implicated in a false case when they went to rescue 20 child laborers/bonded laborers from a brick kiln, along with the labor department, and the anti-human trafficking unit of Varanasi.
https://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/AHRC-UAC-100-2014

14 June 2014- Guria was mentioned in 'Fate Breakers', a photo project by Pascal Mannaerts that portrays women fighting against injustice. Read the article here.


11 April 2014- Guria launched a petition that demands an end to sex trafficking and rampant police misconduct and corruption in sex trafficking cases. Sign Here!


9 March 2014- Guria successfully helped a PIL about rape and trafficking get passed in the Indian Supreme Court! Read the following articles in The Times of India and The Pioneer for more details!

26 February 2014- Leading national newspaper, The Times of India, published an article about two of the cases that Guria is involved in regarding the fight against police apathy in abduction and trafficking cases. The article also mentions the 100 case report that Guria released on February 23.
Read the article here.

24 February 2014- The Times of India, published an article about the 100 Case Report that Guria prepared and presented to the government. You can read the article here.

23 February 2014- Guria Sansthan released 100 cases of severe police negligence in sex trafficking, rape, and child prostitution cases.  This report was sent to the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh stating that if the state does not give a positive response, this campaign will go down to every single village in the five districts where Guria works.
Click here for the article published in the national newspaper The Times of India.

22 February 2014- Guria Sansthan organized a massive awareness rally against sex trafficking, child prostitution, and rape with almost 15,000 women from the districts of Varanasi, Azamghar, Mau, Ghazipur, and Jaunpur. 200 victims and their families also attended the event and presented their case studies before this mass gathering.
Click here  for a Hindi writeup and photos.  Click here  for the article published in the national newspaper The Times of India.

17 February 2014- Guria releases its bi-annual newsletter.Read about what's been happening.

2 February 2014- National magazine "The Week" published a cover story called "The Republic's Lost Children" about sex trafficking in India, also featuring a story about Guria and one rescued victim.

25 November 2013- Asian Human Rights Commission publishes an urgent appeal regarding a trafficking case Guria is involved inRead the article here.
For all past appeals by AHRC that feature Guria visit this website
For all past appeals by Front Line that feature Guria visit: https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/search/node/Guria

November 2013- Radio Australia posted a broadcast about Varanasi, including a segment about Guria and an interview with Ajeet:

September 2013- Guria releases their biannual newsletter for its activities and events. See the newsletter here.

February 2013- TeraGreen Online Magazine writes about Guria's activities at their Non-Formal Education center. Read the article here.

January 2013- Guria releases their biannual newsletter for its activities and events in 2012. Read teh newsletter here

4 November 2012- Guria and Ajeet Singh were featured in Paradigm Shift Project's "Breaking Chains, Building Community" short film. Watch it here:

Learn more about Paradigm Shift Project's fight against trafficking here:

15 October 2012-- Guria was invited to attend the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime in Vienna. Read about what is being discussed there: https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/treaties/CTOC/CTOC-COP-session6.html


29 August 2012-- Asian Human Rights Commission publishes an urgent appeal regarding a trafficking case Guria is involved in: https://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/AHRC-UAC-154-2012/

24 April 2012-- Aileen Kunewa publishes a poem based on her experience at Guria after visiting with Long Island University Global College's Comparitive  Religion and Culture program:

11 April 2012-- A current trafficking case was featured on the UNODC (United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime) website: https://www.unodc.org/cld/case-law/ind/2009/guria_swayam_sevi_sansthan_versus_state_of_u.p._and_others.html

24 February 2012-- Asian Human Rights Commission publishes an urgent appeal regarding a trafficking case Guria is involved in: https://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/AHRC-UAU-008-2012/

10 December 2011-- Exciting news! Ajeet Singh (Founder & President) was honored by a South Asian magazine called The Week as their cover story and "2011 Man of the Year."


Man of the Year with his family
30 October 2011-- Film about Varanasi featuring Guria by Akansa:


25 October 2011-- Asian Human Rights Commission publishes an urgent appeal regarding a trafficking case Guria is involved in: https://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/AHRC-UAC-221-2011/

3 August 2011-- Ajeet is featured as a "Real Hero" on CNN IBN India: 
Read the fully story here: https://ibnlive.in.com/news/real-hero-ajeet-fights-against-female-trafficking/172550-3.html

5 April 2011-- Guria, along with other NGOs, urges Asian States not to allow Syria to run for Human Rights Council membership: https://www.humanrights.asia/news/alrc-news/ALRC-OLT-001-2011/

28 January 2011-- Asian Human Rights Commission issues an urgent appeal regarding the ongoing threats against Guria staff: https://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/AHRC-UAU-004-2011/

16 October 2010-- An article about Ajeet is featured in The Weekend Leader: https://www.theweekendleader.com/Heroism/958/beyond-freedom.html

8 October 2010-- Ajeet is one of five finalists for the 2010 Front Line Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk! Read the story here: https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/node/2535

31 March 2010-- Front Line Defenders issues an urgent appeal regarding Ajeet and the other members of Guria: https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/node/2433

19 February 2010- UK's Granta Magazine published a wonderful expose about Guria and the work we do.

17 February 2010-- Asian Human Rights Commission publishes an urgent appeal regarding a trafficking case Guria is involved in: https://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/AHRC-UAC-012-2010/

11 February 2010-- Ajeet is interviewed with Pat Kenny on RTE Radio Ireland  https://www.rte.ie/radio1/todaywithpatkenny/2010-02-11.html

15 January 2010-- National newspaper New Indian Express published an article about the PIL that Guria helped get passed before the Supreme Court of India opposing the legalization of prostitution.
https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/article222614.ece#.Ux1FE_mSySo

21 August 2009-- Visitor Zachary Hindin writes a beautiful piece about his visit to Guria and it was published on  New York Times' columnist Nicholas Kristof's blog as "Honorable Mention" in his Half the Sky writing contest. Here's the link and text: https://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/19/drumrollnow-the-half-the-sky-contest/?apage=6#

"Baked by India’s mid-day sun, the red-light district in Varanasi looked like any other sleepy, parched drag on the outskirts of town. There was no glamour; no flashing lights, fancy dresses or fine dining – the typical masks worn by an industry that lays waste to women’s most basic rights and makes human sensuality a commodity to be bought and sold. When I looked up over the barbed wire that lined a high stone wall, I saw children peering down at me with awakened curiosity and excited anticipation.
Guria is a grassroots NGO staffed by less than a dozen men and women. When they’re not organizing their next vigilante crackdown of a brothel that employs (or rather, deploys) minors, they are committed to relieving the illegitimate children of brothel slaves from the only birthright India gives them: a lifetime-status as personae non grata.
Leading me through the facilities, the matriarch of the place explained how Guria is constantly under attack from all sides: gangsters, drug dealers, pimps, politicians, and police are all in on the sex trade. When bribes from small-time thugs are turned down, a cavalry of corrupt police are called in to shut down rescue missions by jailing or executing Guria’s volunteer staff.
As we walked through the ramshackle compound, boys and girls scampered around us, excitedly applying their improvised English lessons: “Hello.” “How are you?” “What country?” “My name is Mala.” “Picture-photo?”
I was puzzled that children born into an underworld of human suffering could still laugh and play with downright exuberance. The explanation came when the matron showed us the children’s daily ritual of meditation.
My idea of meditation involves taking time just to be present. Meditation for children in Guria could not be more different – to be present is to suffer the harsh realities of a life without family, freedom, opportunity or hope. I was grateful for what precious little Hindi I knew as I sat and listened to the matron directing the fifty odd children sitting cross-legged, eyes squeezed desperately tight. “Do not be angry with your mother…You are loved…if you see someone suffering, help them…Now go far, far away…Keep going…Farther…”
“It’s so important,” she whispered to me with quiet satisfaction. “Within ten minutes, they’ll all be asleep.”
Initially I chose to take time away from school to travel around India because there’s a norm amongst my fellow twentysomethings to get out and “see the world,” to not “let life pass us by.” The children in Guria close their eyes and meditate because the world does not want to see them. Their lives pass them by long before they can even realize it. Every moment spent in a makeshift daydream, a meditative trance or an afternoon nap is a moment not spent as just another foregone conclusion. Outside those barb-wired walls, they will always be seen as a walking mistake; the strange fruit of virtue betrayed; the unwelcome reminder that even Varanasi – India’s “city of saints” – has its district of sin."

13 November 2009-- Guria is a signatory to a letter calling the UN General Assembly to condemn the human rights violation in Iran, particularly those against women: https://www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc-news/ALRC-OLT-005-2009/

28 August 2009-- Asian Legal Resource Center publishes a report about the threats to human rights defenders in South Asia, noting the threats against Guria and Ajeet Singh: https://www.humanrights.asia/news/alrc-news/human-rights-council/hrc12/ALRC-CWS-12-01-2009/

3 August 2009-- Asian Human Rights Commission publishes an urgent appeal regarding a trafficking case Guria is involved inhttps://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/AHRC-UAC-091-2009/


12 March 2009-- Asian Human Rights Commission publishes an urgent appeal regarding a trafficking case Guria is involved in: https://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/AHRC-UAC-022-2009/


6 March 2009-- Asian Human Rights Commission publishes a letter requesting assistance for Guria in the rescue of women from a brothel in Allahabad: https://www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc-news/AHRC-OLT-004-2009/

5 March 2009-- Asian Human Rights Commission publishes an article about corruption in the criminal justice system in India, mentioning Guria's experiences with the Varanasi police: https://www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc-news/AHRC-STM-050-2009/

19 September 2008-- Asian Human Rights Commission publishes an urgent appeal regarding a trafficking case Guria is involved inhttps://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/AHRC-UAC-212-2008/

9 September 2008-- Asian Human Rights Commission publishes an urgent appeal regarding a trafficking case Guria is involved inhttps://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/AHRC-UAC-202-2008/


11 August 2008-- Asian Human Rights Commission publishes an urgent appeal regarding threats to Guria staff:  https://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/AHRC-UAU-050-2008/

29 April 2008-- Documentary featuring Guria by Amie Maciszewski and produced by Ms. Mars.

25 April 2008-- Asian Human Rights Commission publishes an urgent appeal regarding a trafficking case Guria is involved inhttps://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/AHRC-UAC-081-2008/

23 January 2008-- Asian Human Rights Commission publishes an urgent appeal regarding a trafficking case Guria is involved inhttps://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/AHRC-UAU-005-2008/

12 March 2007-- Asian Human Rights Commission issues an urgent appeal regarding ongoing threats to Guria staff: https://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/UP-036-2007/

27 February 2007 - Amie Maciszewski published an article in the Cambridge Journals about marginalized North Indian musicians through a study of Guria and our work. The Abstract of the article is available at

24 February 2006--  Asian Human Rights Commission publishes an urgent appeal regarding a trafficking case Guria is involved inhttps://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/UP-035-2006/


8 November 2005-- Update regarding the treatment of rescued girls in Varanasi by the police: https://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/UP-131-2005/


28 October 2005-- Asian Human Rights Commission publishes an urgent appeal regarding the treatment of rescued girls in Varanasi by the police: https://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/UA-190-2005/

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