Realizing the need for a movement to eradicate unethical vices against women in India, a group of social reformers started Association for Social Health in India (ASHI) in 1926. The Karnataka branch which is the first residential unit of ASHI (Abhayashrama) was started in 1935.
In appreciation of the yeomen service rendered by ASHI the late Maharaja of Mysore, Sri Jayachamaraja Wodeyer, gifted land to build the present building in 1954 in Wilson Garden, Bangalore. Abhayashrama is a landmark institute in Bangalore. From a humble beginning of just seven residents it has now grown into an established organization giving shelter, protection, medical aid, education, vocational training and re-habilitation to innumerable women and children.