Pari Saikia is an independent human rights journalist from New Delhi, India.

She is the recipient of the Grand Prize of the European Commission's Lorenzo Natali Media Prize 2021 for her story on trafficking of Rohingya women.

She has been published by many recognised media organisations like Vice World News, The Guardian, Tehelka, etc. She has also been shortlisted for Outstanding Investigative Reporting by Fetisov Journalism Awards 2021; Refugee Reporting Award 2021 by One World Media Award, 2021; and Grantee of Modern Slavery Unveiled 2021 by Pari is one of the 49 journalists from across the world to be selected for YouTube Creators Program for Independent Journalist.

Pari Saikia

Basic information

Pari Saikia
human rights journalist
Human rights, human trafficking
New Delhi

Supported projects

Busting Kabootar Baazi in Punjab: A trick or trade for trafficking women from India to Italy

  • Exploitation
  • Human Rights
  • Migration
  • Trafficking

PUNJAB - For years, the focus has been on men from Punjab who get trafficked to Europe, which is also colloquially known as Kabootar Baazi. This investigation by's grantees reveal how Punjabi women are increasingly being trafficked by travel agents from India, but due to the social stigma, the state doesn’t have enough information about this growing menace.