Dr. V. S. Rishi (Vaidhiyanathasaptha Rishi) was a veteran social worker and doctor by profession. For more than 70 years, social work was his passion and obsession.
Dr. V. S. Rishi has been instrumental in rehabilitating thousands of destitute women to lead a normal life either by restoring them to their rightful guardians or training them in useful crafts and jobs even arranging for them suitable marriage patterns.
Abhaya Nilayam founded by Dr. V. S. Rishi in 1955 is a short stay protective home that provides shelter for distressed women at any time of the day or night, irrespective of caste or creed.
A Special cover was released by India Post to mark the centenary celebration of Dr. V. S. Rishi on 15th July 2014 at Chennai.