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Hi, I'm Srishti, I'm 22, and I am a feminist activist and animal rescuer. Due to the nature of my work I have faced countless harassment, both from neighbours, random civilians, and from cops themselves (multiple times). I have been called "crazy" on numerous occasions simply for doing things like - intervening physically when a mob almost killed a man, feeding street animals, trying to report a policeman who let a man I complained about go without hearing my statement. These are only a few examples. The amount of harassment I face in general for speaking about rights of minorities such as lower castes, the LGBTQIA+ community, and even just speaking up for women's rights is much beyond what I deserve, and yet completely unsurprising in the conservative bubble that is India.
Until now, I was managing because my parents were supportive and at least I could live peacefully at home. But a few days ago, when I tried to stop an angry mob in my colony from beating a man with a stick simply because he and two of his friends were drinking alcohol in an abandoned building, many neighbours started harassing and intimidating me. I had not spoken a word to them or even made eye contact - yet the second I raised my camera to record a video (because the police had not arrived despite three calls over 30 minutes even though the station is 2 minutes away) they came in my face and started yelling at me, accusing me of "supporting them". Till date, I have no idea what or whom I was supposedly supporting when I simply tried to prevent yet another mob lynching over rumours (something which has become increasingly common over the past few years). I did not take any sides or make any comments - I knew nothing except that the young man was bleeding from his nose and that one person in the mob had picked up a giant stick with which they were about to start beating him. Yet, I have received no apology till today - rather, shortly after that incident, the neighbour who was primarily harassing me complained about me to my aunt in my presence in a manner that was clearly intended to hurt me since he saw me within earshot. 
If any of this is enough to convince you that I really need help at the moment, please donate any amount. I will manage with whatever I raise. I have barely any needs of my own but I do have one rescue blind kitten and one rescue disabled pup who are getting the best care -  which comes at a cost. I will not leave them till they are fully treated and have found a safe environment to spend the rest of their lives in - which is mostly why I am running this fundraiser. To verify my work, you can check my Instagram handle @desirescues [now temporarily @desi.rescues]. Thank you for taking the time to read my story, and thanks in advance if you choose to support me. There are no words to express the gratitude I feel for the strangers and acquaintances who have stepped in to help me when people I relied on could not.
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30th August 2020
Hi All,

I will not be able to continue my work with animals as of now. My other struggles persist, but I am not able to cope with the kind of unexpected backlash to my loud and public appeals for help. Thank you for everything and please feel free to request updates on the animals. By the way, Cleo the kitten and Rosie the pup have become the best of friends.

Thank You.
Hi All,

I will not be able to continue my work with animals as of now. My other struggles persist, but I am not able to cope with the kind of unexpected backlash to my loud and public appeals for help. Thank you for everything and please feel free to request updates on the animals. By the way, Cleo the kitten and Rosie the pup have become the best of friends.

Thank You.
30th August 2020
Hi All,

I have edited the fundraising goal to reflect the additional amount I spent treating five cats with chemical burns.

I am starting two part-time opportunities from next month to make ends meet even though this will be hectic. I urge you to donate any amount you can just so I can pay off existing debts at least. I still need to fundraise for Ripple's expenses which are sure to add up very quickly and I only have a thousand rupees left with me.

I am grateful for the support so far and urge you to extend any further help possible.
Hi All,

I have edited the fundraising goal to reflect the additional amount I spent treating five cats with chemical burns.

I am starting two part-time opportunities from next month to make ends meet even though this will be hectic. I urge you to donate any amount you can just so I can pay off existing debts at least. I still need to fundraise for Ripple's expenses which are sure to add up very quickly and I only have a thousand rupees left with me.

I am grateful for the support so far and urge you to extend any further help possible.
22nd August 2020
Dear All,

I have edited the goal amount of my Milaap campaign to reflect the amount I raised directly through my Instagram campaign.

I will be starting a job from next month so won't be taking in rescues of my own but will be continuing to offer my post-op/recovery/foster service at as low a cost as possible (only for strays).

Rosie's amputation went well and she is recovering equally well. I love seeing her tail wag! She has been drowsy due to painkillers but her bandage will be off in a few more days.

Ripple is going to see the physiotherapist on Tuesday. A kind soul has donated Pedigree for him! I still need a lot more funds to get him on a cart, but he is responding very well and his face is just so innocent.

Cleo has been neutered! We did not enucleate him yet because we are waiting to see if it is really necessary - the eye has sunk in a lot and such a complicated surgery is better off avoided if it is not needed. However, if it is needed, we will definitely go ahead with it.

On a personal note, I have connected with a lot of wonderful people since I began this campaign who has all helped me in various capacities. I am so grateful to my donors and well-wishers.

I will upload more pictures as well. For anyone interested in seeing more regular updates, please follow my handle on Instagram @desi.rescues or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/desirescues.

Thank you so much!
Dear All,

I have edited the goal amount of my Milaap campaign to reflect the amount I raised directly through my Instagram campaign.

I will be starting a job from next month so won't be taking in rescues of my own but will be continuing to offer my post-op/recovery/foster service at as low a cost as possible (only for strays).

Rosie's amputation went well and she is recovering equally well. I love seeing her tail wag! She has been drowsy due to painkillers but her bandage will be off in a few more days.

Ripple is going to see the physiotherapist on Tuesday. A kind soul has donated Pedigree for him! I still need a lot more funds to get him on a cart, but he is responding very well and his face is just so innocent.

Cleo has been neutered! We did not enucleate him yet because we are waiting to see if it is really necessary - the eye has sunk in a lot and such a complicated surgery is better off avoided if it is not needed. However, if it is needed, we will definitely go ahead with it.

On a personal note, I have connected with a lot of wonderful people since I began this campaign who has all helped me in various capacities. I am so grateful to my donors and well-wishers.

I will upload more pictures as well. For anyone interested in seeing more regular updates, please follow my handle on Instagram @desi.rescues or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/desirescues.

Thank you so much!
Rs.40,101 raised

Goal: Rs.50,000

Beneficiary: Srishti Bansal info_outline

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