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 education. He 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.