A Brief History



On the 3rd of July 2013, the Governor of Karnataka, His Excellency Hans Raj Bharadwaj inaugurated our new premises at Vidyaranyapura, Bangalore. It was the fulfillment of a dream and the culmination of long years of struggle to have our very own facility.



Inauguration 1992


The Karnataka chapter of MDS was established in 1992 under the able leadership of Saranya Hegde and her band of dedicated volunteers. Since its inception MDS (Karnataka) has been rendering yeoman service to the women and children of the State in the areas of education, rehabilitation and empowerment of women and health.


The parent body   MAHILA DAKSHATA SAMITI was established in 1976 in New Delhi to combat the alarming increase in the incidence of dowry deaths.

Suman Krishankant, Pramila Dandavate and Dr. Sushila Nayyar are among the eminent women founders of the organization.

Now the Samiti has branches in many states in India and in a few cities abroad.


1992-Mahila Dakshata Samiti was established with Saranya S. Hegde as President. Began work in the slums with a few women from the slums as helpers.                                -Executive Committee convened

2000-Registered as society in Karnataka                     -Inauguration of Family Counseling Centre

2002-Completion of Government  School building    -Introduction of mid-day meal scheme for students of Government  School                  

2003-Financial Aid to School students

2004-Inauguration of the Short Stay Home-a  shelter for women in distress                                                                    -Financial Aid to college students

2005– Adoption of Government  School by an MOU with the Government

2006-Inauguration of Health Care Services

2008-Inauguration of Swadhar-help line for women

2009-Construction of Toilets at Perumagondanahalli

2013-Inauguration of our new premises

 2014- Income generating initiatives, Catering and Chocolates                                                                             -Health services in association with Biocon