As Indian people march on the paths on the city roads across India, voicing their outrage on the treatment of their sisters on the subject of rape. A woman is raped every 20 minutes in India, with the large percentage of the women, believed to have suffered from a mental illness or gained an mental illness afterwards due to the trauma experience.
The message I want to communicate is the demoralisation targeted at women in India, how it still exists and will continue to do, unless something is done. For centuries, India has had an appalling reputation for mistreating its own women, women that are not regarded as being the societal norm, the social model that India prides itself on – a light graceful look with a strong figure. I plan to expose a series of photographs that were captured during a recent trip to India, of a group of women surviving in a facilitated shelter situated in Amritsar, Punjab. A series of photographs underlining the work the Sikh charity, Pingalwara, does in regards to helping these women survive. Since 1934, Pingalwara has intensely battled for equal rights for women in India. A battle that has endured more downs then ups, but a battle that cannot end till it is won. Stopping these women and others from becoming victims of social stigmatisation.