Our team

Our team consists of lawyers, psychologist and social workers who have expertise in the field of child rights and child protection.

Dr. Rakesh Shukla


Dr. Rakesh Shukla, former Chief Scientist & Head of Division of Pharmacology, CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, has made significant contributions in both knowledge generation as well as applied research in Pharmacology during the last 40 years. His current interest is to understand the molecular aspects of neuroinflammation and memory functions. He has published about 200 papers in reputed national and international journals and has 10 patents to his credit. Dr Shukla has visited several countries in connection with his scientific endeavours. He has worked as a visiting Assistant Professor at Michigan State University, USA in 1988 and as a visiting scientist at Wayne State University, USA in 1989-90. Dr Shukla is Fellow of Indian Pharmacological Society and Indian Academy of Neurosciences. He is also life member of 10 scientific societies. Dr Shukla has been awarded bursary from International Union of Pharmacology in 1984 and Tulsa Bai Somani Educational Trust award by Indian Academy of Neurosciences in 1986.

He is the Founder Director and Chairman of Swadharma Human Care Foundation. His rich experience, wide interest and his multidimensional approach is the driving force of this organisation. He is forever young and inquisitive by nature and cosiders himself youngest member of the organisation !

Adv. Smriti Shukla

Executive Director

Smriti, founder director Swadharma Human Care Foundation, graduated from Law Faculty, Delhi University and did her post graduation from National Law School of India University, Bangalore. She worked as a Child Rights Advocate in Delhi, and represented children in the Session courts and the Juvenile Justice Board. With time and experience, she has nurtured herself into a child protection specialist, and has successfully undertaken various projects in Uttar Pradesh with the State Government as a part of the Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University’s initiative, in association with UNICEF, for strengthening the child protection system in the state. She has conducted specialized training programs for the Public Prosecutors, the District Government Counsels, Police and other stakeholders in Uttar Pradesh, on Child Protection Laws. She describe herselfs as an animal lover and a recovering workaholic!

Adv. Samrat Vaish


During his graduation days, in Delhi, he was once asked how could he contribute in bringing about a change in the society. He promptly answered - through law. Samrat Vaish after completing B.Com from Delhi University, followed his heart and pursued L.L.B from Bhartiya Vidyapeeth, Pune. He believes that the only way to bring about justice was by strengthening the legal machinery. His experience in the legal field include his work with various organisation like Swechha, Saheli Karykarta Sangh, Times Music, Dsk Legal, Ehsaas, RMLNLU Unicef, Police Department and other gvernment bodies. With experiences, he became aware of the gaps in the legal system and the ground realities of litigation. Samrat is one of the founding members of Swadharma Human Care Foundation. He works as a Director of Strategy and Innovation. He has a keen interest in child rights, criminal law, family law and intellectual property rights. In his free time, he likes to hang out with his friends or simply do nothing at all.

Adv. Gopika Agnihotri

Public Relations Manager

Gopika, is a recent B.A.LLB graduate from I.P University, Delhi. She has interned with some of the most esteemed lawyers of the country like P.H Prekh & Geeta Luthra. She is a sensitive and socially aware lawyer, who has a keen interest in understanding and working for the Juvenile Justice System.This led her to Swadharma Hman Care foundation. She has an immense love for dogs and coffee.

Ms. Anandeshwari Singh

Project Development Officer

Anandeshwari is our in house psychologist. She has done her graduation in Psychology from the University of Delhi, and her post graduation from Ambedkar University, Delhi. She has worked in institutions like Nur Manzil and Nirvaan. Her work has primarily been with children with mental retardation. Her research is centered on the “self concept” of women in a patriarchal society. A feminist and a social activist, she thinks of the classroom and the clinic as her field. She believes that mental illness is illustrative of what is wrong with the society and that true change can only be achieved through education and empathy. She is extremely talkative, and describes herself as a tech alien!