As Executive Director and Founder of iProbono I would like to thank all those people who have come forward to support Amal and Munira. We have been overwhelmed with messages of good wishes from the public. Needless to say, this is heartening for Munira who up until very recently had to struggle alone. Whilst the family are now coming out of the darkness, they really do need your support.
Below I have provided an update on how Amal and the family are progressing at the moment, plus we have included information on how you can make your donation to them. Before that however, we at iProbono want to make clear that whilst we are proud of what has been achieved, our role is just one piece of the puzzle. The NGO Haq Centre for Child Rights, led by the incomparable Enakshi Ganguly Thukral and Bharti Ali, have been working with Amal and Munira for a long time and they referred this case to iProbono. Swathi and the team's work was complemented by the lawyers on our network who undertook the advocacy – Siddharth Aggarwal, Gautam Khazanchi and Utkarsh Saxena. They did an outstanding job in a very short time and we owe a big part of this success to their efforts.
An update on Amal and the family
Swathi has moved Amal, her brothers and Munira to temporary accommodation close to the hospital where Amal will be treated. This has made an enormous difference to them because this is the first time they have ever lived in a secure atmosphere, in a room with a proper door and latch. Munira told Swathi “yahan aane se mann bilkul phool jaisa khil gaya, aur mujhe lagta hai ki maine koi bhaari bhoj ko sar se utha kar neeche rakh diya hai” (After coming here, my heart has blossomed like a flower and I feel like I’ve put down a very heavy burden that I was carrying on my head).
Amal underwent an investigative procedure on 24th October and is scheduled for surgery on the 29th. The family will continue to stay in the temporary accommodation until we have clarity on which area they should move to, based on the school admissions.
We will be updating our website with further news on Amal and family so do please watch this space. Whilst we would like to respond to all emails individually, this is not possible as we are a non-profit organisation ourselves and our resources are limited. We appreciate your understanding. If you haven't already done so, I urge you to watch the NDTV segment where Munira, Swathi and Enakshi of Haq are interviewed: www.ndtv.com/video/player/agenda/justice-for-3-year-old-rape-survivor-high-court-overturns-acquittal-of-rapist/341784
All donations received will be dedicated to the welfare of Amal, Munira and the immediate family (Amal's brothers). iProbono is covering extraneous expenses and we are volunteering our time to manage this process. The bank details to remit donations in India are below.
Your contributions will be used to meet the following expenses (this is not an exhaustive list):
- Education for Amal and her siblings at a good school in Delhi.
- Ancillary expenses for their education.
- Tuitions from January to June 2015 to help the children cope in the upcoming school term.
- Stipend for Munira while she cares for Amal. We estimate that this period will be six months, given the medical procedures that Amal will have to undergo.
- Relocation costs for the family to accommodation near the children’s school.
- Safe accommodation for the family.
- Adult education classes for Munira.
- Medical insurance for the children, the parents and dependant grandparents.
- Medical expenses that the family may need to incur on a continuing basis for Amal, including counselling.
- Savings and fixed deposits in the children’s names to secure their future.
Please email us when you have made a donation. Aside from the updates on our website, we will report to donors every six months on the utilisation of funds until they are exhausted. Unfortunately we are unable to entertain individual requests for statements of accounts, so please send in your donations with this knowledge.
For donors in India, the bank information is:
Bank: HDFC Bank, Khan Market branch
IFSC Code: HDFC0001358
Account number: 50100057385710
Account holder: Swathi Sukumar
If you are abroad, you can remit your donation via our online campaign page:
Again, on behalf of Amal and Munira, we thank you for your support. During this Diwali period, their story is truly a victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil and hope over despair. We look forward to this new year with a new life for Amal and Munira.
Wishing you all a very happy new year,
Shireen Irani, Executive Director