One incident gave her goose-bumps and since then she has been working towards pumping courage in women across various sectors and emoting the right way to make them aware about sexual harassment at work places.
forty-eight-year-old Smita Bharti, heading NGO Sakshi, educates women at workplaces on gender equality, peace and conflict resolution to sexuality, domestic violence, sexual abuse and other sensitive issues.
Bharti came across a woman who was harassed and could not inform her parents and police.
"Sanchita (name changed), a 24-year-old MNC executive who was allegedly molested by her boss in the office. She couldn't muster courage to inform her parents about it as she feared losing her job. We were surprised to know that how an educated girl remained silent. One day she approached us and told her story. It gave us goose bumps. We immediately informed police and helped in trapping her boss."
Bharti informed that many girls have to face it every now and then. "Girls are being allured in the name of ambitious jobs and are forced into flesh trading. They don't share it because of social stigma and family reputation," she expressed.
A theatre artist, Bharti gives training, orientation and awareness programmes through street-plays at workplaces.
Not only corporate but Sakshi covers airlines, BPOs, call-centre, schools, colleges, manufacturing industries and software companies.
"I began to work in 1998 with Sakshi. I have performed, directed and scripted more than 20 plays over the past decade. It has helped more than thousand victims to overcome their shortcomings and face the society with dignity," she shared.
She has worked extensively in prisons with under trials and convicts and outside the prisons with survivors of domestic violence and child sexual abuse, using storytelling and theatre as the medium of interaction.
Bharti informed that while interacting with a victim, interpretation and discussion should be clear. "I found that most of the women are not able to speak up if someone is molesting or harassing them. We make them strong enough on how they should raise their voice and escape the torture," she added.
"I am thankful to Naina Kapoor, founder of Sakshi who gave me a chance to show work with her," she said.
Bharti is coming up with three new plays - Chauraha, Azaad Ruh Ki Khabar and Ms Callahan Patiyale Waliwhich will cover subjects like women freedom.
"We are getting overwhelming response from citizens and professionals. Since we started this cause, countless people have associated with us," she says.